Asthma

Woman Asthma Inhaler Asthma is a common type of inflammation and disease that reoccurs. It can be triggered by allergies, air pollution, exercise, cold, stress, smoke, and other environmental chemicals. Symptoms of asthma includes coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath. There are different theories as to why people may get asthma from genetics to Hygiene Hypothesis which is a theory that suggests that during childhood a person may have not have been subjected to as many bacteria and viruses. Thus the body treats the air born allergens and/or air pollution as a threat. Evidence that supports this theory is that families with pets or that live on a farm are less likely to have asthma.

Inhalers or other techniques to quickly open air passageways are helpful for some. However in other cases inhalers tend to increase the problem. Therefore using inhalers or other techniques should be carefully tested to be assured they provide good results. Most experts in essential oils recommend a slow and monitored approach to using oils with attention to what the root cause may be and what the triggers for the attacks might be.

Special Precautions: With potential life threatening diseases, it is always recommended to progress with treatment under the care of a licensed medical practitioner.

Suggested Oils to Use

Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Also consider: Helichrysum, Lime, Marjoram, Oregano, Thyme

Suggested Ways to use

Precautions: – Keep in mind some oils may be an allergen for some and oils should be used slowly and gradually to insure that the oil is not an allergen itself.

Asthma causes and symptoms vary so it may be difficult to find a “one way fits all” approach. Below are suggestions and ways to use the oils for alleviated asthma symptoms and possible triggers.

– With asthma, instead of normally using a cup to inhale oils use the oils topically by having someone massage the oils over the upper back of the body. Start with gentle oils such as Lavender. Then move onto oils such as Eucalyptus then use a relaxing oil such as Rosemary.

– People with asthma have experienced less attacks and intensity of asthma by improving their diet. This involves avoiding sugars and diary products. Also be sure to take vitamins.

Preventing Asthma Attacks

Rub Bergamot on the bottoms of feet to avoid a stress triggered asthma attack.
Take a capsule of 3 – 5 drops of Frankincense oil in the mornings (and evenings as necessary).

During Asthma Attacks

Mix 2 – 4 drops equally of lavender, lemon, and peppermint in a small bowl. Then rub the oil on the chest and back.

Find What Triggers the Asthma

It is important to find out what triggers the asthma. If the asthma is caused by allergies one popular technique is 2-3 drops each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint in a small glass of water. Swish it in your mouth for a couple minutes then swallow.

People with mild asthma should carry a bottle of peppermint and place a drop of peppermint in their mouth before exercise.