Essential Oils for the Respiratory System
Essential oils can be classified by the effects they have on the respiratory system. Currently there are four classifications of essential oils for respiratory system:
Some of them are called Expectorants, with the effect of loosening the clogged mucus in the lungs; making it easier to cough up.
Some of them are Mucolytics, which have the ability to dissolve thick mucus and make it more liquid.
Some of them are decongestants that help clear the air passage and other peripherals like the sinuses.
And the others are antitussives which are good as cough-suppressants and anti-spasmodic; like cough in asthma or whooping cough.
It is believed that the essential oils used in aromatherapy to treat these cases are mostly high in immune stimulation.
Steam Inhalation works best to treat respiratory related conditions where mucus is a major problem. It is suggested to use 2 to 3 drops to a small to medium bowl of hot, steaming water. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl, inhaling deeply, until the water is no longer producing steam.
There are many essential oils that can be used in treating respiratory problems. The following essential oils have antibacterial properties, which make them a good choice to use alone or in a blend for respiratory problems: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, and Peppermint.
NOTE: Essential oils to treat respiratory symptoms on children must be chosen carefully. Remember not to use essential oil components with menthol like peppermint. It has been suspected to cause respiratory collapse or distress on children and must be avoided to prevent complications.
Other essential oils used for the respiratory system are: atlas cedarwood, eucalyptus, lemon, and sandalwood.
Eucalyptus has a powerful vapour, that when inhaled, helps to ease mucous deposits out of the chest and loosen cough.
Lemon is widely used in remedies for coughs, colds and flu. Atlas cedarwood helps to calm breathing, especially when used in a vaporizer. Sandalwood can help in dry and mucousy coughs, sore throats, and also for treating bronchitis.
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