Aromatherapy and Respiratory Ailments
Essential Oils to Reduce Symptoms of Respiratory Conditions
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Colds Can Lead to Other Infections
After experiencing a cold, some people, particularly those with compromised immune systems, may be diagnosed with an additional disease such as pneumonia, laryngitis, bronchitis, sinusitis or pharangitis. These conditions are often caused by a virus and generally attack the lower respiratory system. Additionally, those with asthma can see an increase in symptoms (for more information on using essential oils in asthmatics, see Aromatherapy and Asthma).
Essential Oils and Respiratory Conditions
At the onset of any of the post-cold conditions, add one drop of eucalyptus radiata essential oil to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over the head and the bowl and breath deeply. This will ease symptoms right away and go on working with the deeper problems. Eucalyptus radiata essential oil is a powerful expectorant, decongestant and anti inflammatory oil and the moisture content of the steam is also beneficial. An interesting side effect from this treatment is that it also provides a wonderful deep cleanse facial.
Aromatherapy Recipes for Respiratory Conditions
There are many aromatherapy recipes for treating the symptoms of respiratory infections. Here are a few:
In Kurt Schnaubelt’s book, Advanced Aromatherapy, he suggests the following recipe for respiratory problems:
Add the essential oils to a teaspoon of honey, stir in to a mug of hot water and sip away.
Using essential oils is an easy, natural and effective way to reducing many of the symptoms of respiratory illness caused by viruses or bacterial infections.
Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. “Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)”. As viewed on website March 2, 2010.
New York Times: Health Guide. As viewed on website March 2, 2010.
Web Md: Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center. As viewed on website March 2, 2010
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