Many people reach for their essential oils for help with breathing. Although serious problems require a trip to the emergency room, aromatic oils may be able to help with routine congestion caused by hay fever and upper respiratory infections.
Whether or not we can say definitively that they help is a matter of debate. That’s due to a lack of studies. I don’t know if and when these will be conducted as the scientific community seems more interested in finding drug-based solutions.
However, in the meantime, a number of essential oil respiratory blends have come onto the market.
Judging by the number of different offers, it does appear as if they’re fairly popular.
Medicinally, essential oils have been used for centuries. Then, with the advent of pharmaceuticals, they were all but forgotten, at least in the United States. However, in recent years they’re being looked at more seriously, as people search for safe, drug-free alternatives to treat their ailments.
Nearly all of the better known essential oil brands have introduced special respiratory or breath- easy blends. These are several or more oils, designed to work in tandem. Aromatherapists often recommend using multiple oils. That’s because it’s believed that a combination of oils is more effective than single oils used alone.
Essential Oils Respiratory Blend
Ovvio Oils makes oils that are 100 percent pure. The Inhale Respiratory Blend you see below seems to be one of the company’s most popular formulas. It contains eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, clary sage, cedar wood and lavender oil. It comes in a relatively large 15 ml bottle, and will last for a long time, as only a little is needed at once.
Essential oils must be diluted if you plan to use them for massage. You can also put them in a cold-air diffuser, in order to inhale an aromatic mist. Or, when I’m trying to clear my congestion, I simply put a few drops of oil on a tissue. I can place it near my computer while I’m working, or carry it with me when I leave the house.
Essential Oils for Breathing Difficulties
Plant Therapy is a company I’ve bought from repeatedly. I love its oils, and I know they are double tested for purity. So I have absolutely no concerns about fillers, potency or pesticide residue. The company also consults with an internationally known aromatherapist.
The Respir-Aid blend shown here contains eucalyptus, pine, peppermint, lavender, spruce, marjoram and cypress. This blend is designed to create a synergy to bring about relief from nasal congestion.
I have personal experience with Plant Therapy eucalyptus oil, which I used last summer, along with peppermint oil, to help my own seasonal allergies. In our house, we always use natural remedies instead of OTC drugs.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional. People with asthma should check with their doctor before using aromatic oils.