Asthma is a complex bronchial disorder with a wide variety of root causes. Simply described an asthma attack occurs as the air passageways become inflamed and muscles may contract both of which limit the air being taken into the lungs. As the body tries to compensate for this loss wheezing, coughing, excess mucus or other signs of shortness of breath occur. Symptoms can also be complicated by previous medications used to treat the problem.
Asthma varies in severity. Most suffering will have attacks of shortness of breath interspersed with longer periods of normal breathing. Some will have more severe attacks and others suffer milder shortness of breath continuously. With more severe attacks immediate medical attention should be sought. There are a number of types of asthma and sometimes it appears to run in families. The various types include: Allergic Asthma, Exercise-Induced Asthma, Cough-Variant Asthma, Work-Related Asthma, and Nocturnal Asthma.
Allergic asthma attacks (or even other forms) may be triggered by common allergens or everyday situations. Some of the most common are:
- · Animals (pet hair or dander)
- · Dust
- · Changes in weather (most often cold weather)
- · Chemicals in the air or in food
- · Exercise
- · Mold
- · Pollen
- · Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
- · Stress
- · Tobacco smoke
Inhalers or other techniques to quickly open air passageways are helpful to some but in other cases tend to exacerbate the problem. Therefore using them should be carefully tested to be assured they provide positive results. Most experts in essential oils advise a slow and metered approach to using oils with attention to what the root cause and triggers for 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.
Asthma varies so much depending on the root cause, age, previous medical intervention, and severity it is difficult to give a “one protocol fits all” summary so we have included below a summary of individual positive experiences and suggestions.
- · With asthma, normally do not use cup and inhale or diffusion in hopes of immediately easing the symptoms. Rather use topical or massage applications, starting with gentle aromatic oils like Lavender, progress to oils with more expectorant properties like Eucalyptus. Finally use Rosemary or relaxing oils for calming.
- · Diet, especially if allergies are suspected, is very important. Most recommend avoiding sugars and dairy products.
- · Provide a solid foundation of nutrients using supplements like the Life Long Vitality products is also suggested.
- · To prevent attacks:
- Rubbing 2-4 drops of Grounding Blend on the bottom of each foot morning and night.
- Layer Bergamot after the Grounding Blend on the feet if there is stress.
- Take a capsule with 3-5 drops of Frankincense in the morning (and evening if necessary).
- · To help during attacks:
- Rubbing 2 – 4 drops of Respiratory Blend on the back and chest.
- For some it helps to augment the Respiratory Blend with Lime or to layer other oils after the Respiratory Blend, specifically Rosemary and Cilantro/Frankincense.
- Oil Pulling has been the best method some have found for applying the oils with their asthma.
- · It is vitally important to find the root cause of asthma. Study the root cause and the triggers that cause attacks to best determine which oils to use and how to apply them.
- · If asthma is caused by allergies of some type consider the methods suggested under allergies. The most popular technique is 2-3 drops each of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint in a shot of water, swish it for a couple minutes in your mouth, and swallow.
- · Some with mild asthma have carried Respiratory Blend (in a bottle or a vaporizer like Vicks comes in) with them to work or school to help with exercise induced asthma.
- 4 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
- 35 drops Respiratory Blend
- 5 drops Frankincense
- 6 drops Melaleuca
- 12 drops Patchouli
- 2 drops Sandalwood
- 15 drops Lime
- Mix together thoroughly. Store in a small glass jar.
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.