Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough Whooping cough is a respiratory bacterial infection scientifically known as pertussis or Bordetella pertussis. This is a highly contagious disease that is easily passed to others through coughing and tiny droplets containing the bacteria being transferred to others. It is limited in our day because of the prevalence of vaccination. The cases that do occur now are typically among infants where the vaccination has not been completed or adolescents and adults because the immunization tends to weaken over time.

After exposure it takes about a week for the first symptoms, similar to a common cold, to appear. Then in 1 to 2 weeks the characteristic dry cough begins and this lasts up to 6 weeks. The name whooping cough comes from this coughing period, which for many includes uncontrolled coughing with a lack of breath, and then a whooping sound as the person tries to catch their breath after the coughing episode. These coughing episodes may be more acute with younger children than with infants or adults. Coughing spells can include uncomfortable gasping for breath, vomiting and temporary unconsciousness.

Oils:   Cypress, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender,Oregano

Also consider: Basil, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lime, Melaleuca, Rosemary, Thyme

Suggested protocols:

Adults: 5 drops Protective Blend, 2 drops each Frankincense and Oregano in a capsule, take 2 times per day. Or 2 – 3 drops of Oregano to bottoms of feet 3 times per day.

Children/infants: Layer on the chest Thyme, then Cypress, then Eucalyptus and follow with warm compress. Use a carrier oil appropriately for small children and infants. Repeat every 1 -3 hours. Also alternate 1 -2 drops Protective Blend and Oregano on the bottoms of the feet.

Everyone: Diffuse Respiratory Blend and Lemongrass as often as possible. Use Digestive Blend for nausea and vomiting.

Other great blends for coughs in general:


In 4 oz of virgin coconut oil add:

40 drops Respiratory Blend

7   drops Thyme

15 drops Oregano

40 drops Lime

This may be put in a jar and used as a chest rub, massage between shoulder blades, put on bottoms of feet, etc. This is a big enough batch that you can have several roll-ons and still have some to put in a small jar. For really stubborn respiratory cases with a stubborn cough I have added a few drops of Patchouli and Sandalwood to the blend and put in a capsule.

Brenda’s blend for little people

2 drops Sandalwood

2 drops Myrrh

2 drops Protective Blend

2 drops Frankincense

In a capsule or on bottoms of the feet

Ame from Guatemala’s blend

For her small children 3 years old and 4 months old:

Grounding Blend and Protective Blend on their feet morning and night.

Respiratory Blend on the chest and back

Frankincense with coconut oil on the throat

Peppermint if there is a fever

Amelia’s blend

Layered directly on the chest:

1-2 drops Respiratory Blend

then layer 1-2 drops Rosemary

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