Essential Oils For Bronchitis
Bronchitis occurs when the mucous membranes in the bronchial tubes become inflamed and create difficulty breathing and other uncomfortable issues. This is usually a problem resulting from an illness or previous infection.
Bronchitis can be a short term problem for most people, but can develop into a long term persistent issue in some cases. Along with the inflammation, bronchitis can cause a list of other complications in association with its presence including infection, fever, wheezing, and chest pain.
Whether you are a person who has a mild case, or you have been searching for relief for a long term case, there are essential oils that can help with this condition. These essential oils are proven to not only reduce the inflammation, but also help with congestion and pressure.
Essential oils are used for a variety of purposes ranging from easing stress to healing a variety of ailments. They are especially effective for relieving the symptoms of bronchitis naturally. Using essential oils is much safer and just as effective as many of the over the counter medications available at big box retail stores and can be used alternately for aromatherapy.(1)
If you want to try a more holistic approach to relieving the symptoms experienced from bronchitis, check out these effective options. Most are easily acquired at your local heath food store and even at some of the major retailers across the country.
The top essential oils used for treating bronchitis include:
- Tea Tree
Essential Oils For Bronchitis
Lemongrass essential oil is helpful for treating bronchitis by easing tension of the mind and body, but it is incredibly effective in killing bacteria that may be the cause of the bronchitis.
Preventing infection and killing any existing bacteria in the lungs can help patients heal much quicker and allow them to recover.In addition, lemongrass is known to be a powerful antifungal.
If you are experiencing symptoms or bronchitis, or you have been diagnosed with bronchitis by a doctor, you can use lemongrass essential oil to boost your body’s ability to fight the condition and create a relaxing atmosphere in your space.
To use lemongrass oil:
– Place a few drops in a diffuser with water. Lemongrass oil can also be combined with other essential oils to increase the effectiveness of the diffuser.
– Add a few drops into a bowl and then pour boiling water into the bow. Place your face above the steam and place a towel over your head and the bowl. Breathe deeply and relax during this treatment. A good essential oil to lend support to this treatment is eucalyptus essential oil.
– If neither of these options are available the essential oil can be placed on a rag that has been soaked in a solution of hot water and essential oil and then place it over the face for a few minutes while breathing in deeply.
Perhaps one of the most popular and useful of the essential oils is lavender. This particular oil is helpful for people with bronchitis because it helps to relax the airways that are inflamed as a result of coughing.
In addition, lavender essential oil also helps to control coughing, which can be one of the main causes of inflammation. Of course, lavender oil is also known to help promote relaxation and a good night’s sleep, which can aid in recovery from illness.
Lavender oil is used in a variety of applications and can be used in a diffuser along with any of the other essential oils mentioned in this article. In addition, it can also be used as a chest rub, which makes it convenient for treating symptoms of bronchitis while on the go.
To use Lavender essential oil:
-As with lemongrass, lavender essential oil can be placed on a warm compress and inhaled, or it can even be added to a bath so that it can help relax the muscles and airways with air passages.
– Using lavender oil for a bath treatment works best right before bed because it helps induce relaxation and will provide cough relief through the night.
– Lavender oil can also be used directly on the skin if diluted with a carrier oil. To use a carrier oil, simply add one to two drops to equal parts carrier oil. The potency of the oil can be increase or decrease by adding either more essential oil or more of the carrier oil. Apply the oil to pulse points as you would if applying perfume.
3. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil is used for a wide variety of ailments and conditions. It works effectively for issues ranging from scalp irritation and dryness, to symptoms of colds and even bronchitis.
Tea tree should be used cautiously and never used internally because it is toxic if ingested. It is also toxic to pets and should be stored out of reach of children and pets.
To use tea tree essential oil:
– Tea tree oil is potent and would work best heavily diluted by a carrier oil if used topically, and heavily diluted with water if used in a diffuser or on a warm, wet cloth applied to the face.
– If no diffuser is available the boiling water in a bowl technique outline previously will work well.
– Tea tree oil will also work well for people who would like to carry an oil diffusing amulet.
Tea tree works by killing bacteria and even fungus and helps to prevent transmission of bacteria, therefore treating symptoms and preventing additional infections while out in public and on the go.
This is especially helpful when flying and using public transportation. Try using tea tree in conjunction with eucalyptus essential oil to smooth congestion and cough and thus allowing the bronchial passages to health more effectively.
Eucalyptus is a familiar plant whose essential oil is used for a variety of applications and conditions ranging from lack of energy to flu symptoms. This essential oil is also excellent for treating bronchitis.
The vapors from the eucalyptus oil will reduce inflammation and alleviate coughing and congestion. Many brand name over the counter remedies utilize eucalyptus extract and essential oil to provide relief.
However, this essential oil is more effective when administered by one’s self in a more directed approach. Try using eucalyptus oil in your diffuser or humidifier at night while you sleep to help keep coughing at bay. It also helps to soothe mucous membranes and encourages them to reduce inflammation.
Eucalyptus essential oil is easily found at most big retail chains or at your local holistic living or health food store. Always apply eucalyptus topically diluted heavily with a carrier oil such as grape seed, coconut, sunflower, or other light-weight oil (never vegetable oil).
To use eucalyptus essential oil:
– Apply eucalyptus oil onto your skin around the chest area. Try mixing the eucalyptus with citrus oil to help boost your energy when you are ill and to improve the overall fragrance.
– Eucalyptus oil also makes an excellent chest rub and can be mixed with lavender and applied at bedtime to relieve congestion, stuffy nose, coughing, and restless sleep.
– This essential oil is also a great addition to the shower and bath to help clear sinus passages.
Essential oils are incredibly beneficial for a variety of uses and are particularly effective in helping relieve symptoms of bronchitis. Any of these options work well and can be combined together to become even more effective.
Lemongrass, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils are relatively safe to use all around the home and on your body, but tea tree oil can prove to be toxic and should be stored carefully and away from easy access by children and pets.
If you have bronchitis and are looking for relief, but are unfamiliar with these oils, it is advised to begin your treatment using an essential oil in a diffuser. For more stubborn symptoms, eucalyptus and tea tree oil may be used in a humidifier, preferably overnight to help the oils do their work while you sleep.
If you are on the go during the day, you should consider either wearing an essential oil diffusing amulet with tea tree or eucalyptus oil, which can be combined with other more fragrant essential oils to improve the smell, or you can apply gentler essential oils such as lemongrass or lavender to your skin for treatment during the day.
Keeping a damp cloth handy for quick treatment through the day is a great idea if it is a particularly stubborn case of bronchitis. Keep in mind, however, that treatment with essential oils is a great supplement for your current doctor prescribed treatment and is no way meant to replace your doctor’s course of therapy or treatment.
Essential oils are a great way to incorporate a holistic course of treatment in addition to your current prescribed medications. They can be much more economical to use than the over the counter treatments and can be customized to the user’s preference by blending with other oils or used through a variety of application methods.
If you haven’t given essential oils a try as a treatment for bronchitis, it is definitely worth giving it a shot and see for yourself what they can do to help ease the symptoms.
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