Essential Oils for the Respiratory System

Spring brings beautiful greens and blooms galore. Spring also brings misery to allergy sufferers, and even if you do not suffer from allergies, there are asthma attacks, bronchitis, and colds to deal with from the erratic changes in temperatures.
The Respiratory System, including the lungs, nose, and throat are prone to infection. Several essential oils have antiseptic properties, making them effective treatments for respiratory problems. These include, but are not limited to: Anise, Camphor, Clove, Benzoin, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lemon, Pine, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Thyme.
Today, I want to talk about Benzoin Resinoid.

Benzoin (Styrax benzoin dryander)

The Benzoin Tree grows and is cultivated in Asia. The tree can also be found in Cambodia, Java, Laos, Sumatra, Thailand, and Vietnam. Benzoin Resinoid has long been used as an Incense. It was used as a tincture, during the Middle Ages, called ‘Friar’s Balsam’.

Balsam Friar's I
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Benzoin Resinoid is collected from deep incisions in the Benzoin Tree trunk. Then a solvent is made from the extracted Benzoin gum by adding benzyl alcohol. Benzoin Resinoid is a heavy, thick oil with an aroma similar to vanilla. It works as a decongestant, expectorant, and energizer.
For the respiratory system, Benzoin Resinoid is a tonic to the lungs, and effective for asthma, bronchitis, colds, and flu. It is good for coughs, laryngitis, and sore throat.
Benzoin Resinoid can be used in an Aroma Lamp, in the Bath, in a Massage Oil, and in a Compression for the Chest. Use the following recipe or one of your choosing.

Respiratory System Blend

7 drops Benzoin Resinoid
5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
3 drops Thyme Essential Oil
! oz. Carrier Oil of your choice.

Use 3-5 drops of Blend in the water of an Aroma Lamp; Place 10-15 drops into Bath Water; Use an ample amount of blend for an upper back massage; Make a Compress for the Chest.

*Make a Hot Compress for the Chest: Add 8-10 drops of blend to a medium sized bowl filled with Hot Water. Stir to make sure the blend is mixed well with the water, (you may have to do this several times as the nature of oil will cause it to separate from water). Soak a small towel in the water mixture, squeeze out any excess water, then place the towel onto the chest. Leave on until the compress cools to body temperature, then repeat.

Read more about Essential Oils at:

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have pertaining to using essential oils as aromatherapy. Please put ‘Aromatherapy’ in the subject line.

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