Asthma blends: The essential oil collection
Anybody who knows me knows that I am passionate about natural living and healing, and especially about essential oils. I use oils to treat everything from my arthritis pains to cold and flu. I love oils, and think they are the bees knees. They are cheap (in relation), effective, with limited side effects when used correctly, and they are easy enough to understand how to use. Plus if you end up using the wrong oil there is not that much that can go wrong (if you are not allergic…). So this will come as a shock, but we are not using oils to treat A2’s asthma. We are using medication. From a doctor. As prescribed. Why? Because I am not a medical doctor, and neither is 99% of the people on my Facebook feed. None of my family or friends are doctors. Nobody that I know well have any medical background. While it is ok for me to use oil for pain, a runny nose, bruised knee or itchy scalp I will not interfere in conditions that can be life-threatening. A2’s asthma and Husband’s blood pressure are the two things I do not rely solely on the natural remedies.
I do think that oils are safe, and as I have said before, effective, but I am not placing my child’s health in the hands of them. That does not mean I will not use the oils to help her. I will use my natural remedies to support and strengthen the work of the medication. But only the ones that I have run passed her doctor, and made 100% sure they are safe when used in conjunction with the asthma med.
Before you try any natural treatment, whether it is oils or supplements or change of diet, always first consult your healthcare practitioner.
A2 has shown no sensitivity towards the oils that I use daily. She has also not reacted to any of my natural cleaning products or bath products. I assume the oils that I have used this far is safe, but will continue monitoring the situation and test any new oil I would like to incorporate.
For now, the oils that we like to use (and which are very effective):
1. Lavender – to promote rest and relaxation. The oil has a calming, sedating effect. The oil helps fight against airway inflammation and minimize breathing difficulties
2. Cypress – to promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory function
3. Tea tree is one of the oils that is recommended for use with asthma, but I have shown sensitivity towards the oil and don’t want to take any chances with her. So we avoid using it in a diffuser or in anything other than my all-purpose cleaner. If you can handle the oil, it works as an expectorant to improve breathing.
4. Eucalyptus – the chest oil. The active ingredient in eucalyptus oil breaks up phlegm and mucous that blocks the airways, making it easier to breathe.
5. Peppermint – acts as a decongestant and a natural antihistamine. Both properties ease the symptoms of asthma. The oil naturally inhibits the creation of histamine, which is responsible for closing off airways, thus reducing the frequency of attacks.
6. Chamomile – the oil acts as an antispasmodic, relieving the muscle contractions that results in closed airways.
7. Clove – not one of the most widely used oils, but certainly effective. The oil can help reduce inflammation and muscle spasms, leading to easier breathing.
How do you use the oils?
1. Use a nebulizer or diffuser to spread the oils throughout the room. This is especially effective with clove, chamomile and lavender.
2. Topical – add your chosen oil or blend of oils to a carrier oil and rub on your chest and back to help keep your airways healthy and clear.
3. Add a few drops of your chosen oil or blend to boiling water, then breath in the steam. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender works really well.
4. Add a few undiluted drops to a tissue and smell the oi.
5. Add a few drops of oil or blend to a damp, warm towel. Breathe through the towel until it cools down. This can be done to help you get over an attack.
Of course using oils will not give you an immediate effect – most of the time it is the continued use that ensures there is no inflammation or mucous buildup, both responsible for the symptoms associated with asthma. By managing the inflammation in your airways, and keeping the muscles relaxed, you are improving the severity of your symptoms. When used in conjunction with a balanced diet, proper use of your prescribed medication and an acute awareness of your triggers you can lead an almost 100% stress-free normal life. If you are keen to give oils a try as part of your treatment plan, then start experimenting with one. Use it for a while and see if it has an impact on your health.
Once you have identified which oils work for you, you can start experimenting with blends. A few of my favourite blends to use on myself as well as A2:
· My chesty rub:
2 drops peppermint
2 drops eucalyptus
1 drop lavender
· Spicy tea blend:
2 drops chamomile
2 drops cypress
1 drop clove
· Calming blend:
3 drops lavender
2 drops eucalyptus
· Purple passion blend:
4 drops lavender
1 drop clove
If you want to add oils to your treatment plan, first consult with your doctor. You might be surprised to find out that your doctor will support you, sometimes even suggesting the use of oils as part of their medical advice. Natural treatments do have a place in medical care, but with the support of your doctor.