easing asthma symptoms with essential oils

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Asthma is becoming more and more common. As a pediatric nurse, I know that probably half of our inpatient census during the summer and fall months are kids with asthma/allergy problems.  The treatment for this most often involves steroids, albuterol and occasionally magnesium sulphate.  These medications each have multiple side effects ranging from cardiac issues to causing long term  immunosuppression.  This means your kiddos get sick more often because of the medicine we are giving them!  How about we find something that helps heal from within?  Helps ease their symptoms without any side effects?

In a study published in June of 2014, researchers reported on the anti-inflammatory effects of lavender essential oil as a treatment for asthma. Bronchial asthma is characterized by bronchial allergic inflammation, which reduces the capacity of the airways to move air into and out of the lungs. Scientists evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of essential oil of lavender on experimentally created bronchial asthma in mice. They induced asthma in two groups of mice and then gave one group daily inhalation treatment with lavender oil for two weeks. Then they compared the condition of the lungs of the mice in the two groups.

The mice that received the lavender treatments showed less airway resistance. They had fewer eosinophil cells (which are specialized white blood cells of the immune system) in the fluids and the tissue of the lungs when compared with the control group. The lavender group also had less mucus in the lungs!  The lavender group also showed lower Interleukin cytokine levels in the fluids of the lungs, which means that their immune systems were less stressed after breathing lavender oil.  Researchers concluded that lavender may be useful as an alternative medicine for bronchial asthma!  This is big news people!

We know that when combined with lemon and peppermint, respiratory symptoms are greatly improved.  This combination can be diffused, ingested and applied topically for best results.

In addition to the trio of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint, there are several other oils that can be used to not only ease symptoms, but heal the underlying issues.

 

The properties in this oil blend make it extremely effective against allergies, colds, bronchitis, respiratory congestion, flu, cold sores, pneumonia, sinusitis, sore throat, mucus and bone spurs.*

 

Peppermint Essential Oil has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly-regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also improve gastric motility and digestive efficiency. It is also known to reduce inflammation in the airways.

 

Raven is a combination of essential oils to alleviate the symptoms of tuberculosis and pneumonia. It goes beyond RC for upper respiratory problems and it is especially useful for viral infections. It has been beneficial for alleviating the symptoms of asthma.

Frankincense essential oil has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind.Frankincense has been used therapeutically in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research, including its ability to cure melanoma!

 

Eucalyptus globulus essential oil has a fresh, penetrating scent. Often used for the respiratory system, eucalyptus has also been investigated for its effect on insects. It is comforting during the cold season and wonderful in massages designed to soothe muscles after exercise.

 

Myrtle essential Oil has a clear, fresh, herbaceous scent somewhat similar to eucalyptus. Supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances and its soothing effects when inhaled. It is also helpful for meditation and lifting the spirit.

 

Thieves essential oil blend was created based on the historical tale of four thieves in France who protected themselves from the black plague with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe. In modern days, these same herbs and essential oils have been found to be an effective barrier against topical and airborne microorganisms.  It has both antibacterial and antiviral properties.

 

As with any medical advice, please stay in contact with your doctor!!

~Jennifer

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