Do you suffer from asthma or bronchial allergies? Ever considered sniffing essential oils to breathe easier? Just a few whiffs can do many wonders. Concentrated essential oils derived from plant extracts are made of chemical compounds that have many health benefits. As pollution increases and breathing issues become more and more common, a variety of essential oils are growing in popularity. If you haven’t been near them, it’s time you did. See how selected essential oils can help you enjoy better health.
What are Essential Oils?
The word “essential” comes from the “essence” of the plant’s scent that gives it unique characteristics that treat a wide variety of health conditions. The oils are extracted through distillation or cold pressing. Oils that are extracted from a chemical process don’t fall in the essential oil category. They need to be obtained in a way that helps them retain their natural scent and characteristics.
How to use Essential Oils?
These aromatic concentrations of pure, natural oils are invigorating in every sense. They can be applied as an oil that is heated and inhaled through a diffuser or steaming, but they are not meant to be consumed orally, unlike other oils.
Once the chemical compounds touch the skin, they seep into the cells and stimulate several areas of the body such as the brain and limbic system. The limbic system plays a big role in activating memory. This is why certain smells remind you of specific people or situations.
When essential oils are heated and applied on the skin, they blend right into the cells and rejuvenate them. When they are heated and inhaled through a nebulizing diffuser or steamer, the microbial properties in that oil that help fight bacteria and viruses, diffuse into the lungs, reducing inflammation and bronchial congestion. Not all essential oils provide these benefits. Below are the ones that do:
Peppermint Essential Oil
For those who are prone to bronchial asthma, peppermint essential oil is a comforting scent. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of peppermint help soothe the inflamed muscles during a bronchial asthma attack. It is full of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that reduce congestion and help you breathe easier. Peppermint is also helpful during a cold.
Ginger Essential Oil
The strong, uplifting aroma of ginger invigorates sinuses, opening clogged cells. If you’re having difficulty breathing, inhale ginger essential oil to minimize airway constriction. In an asthma attack, breathe it in gently. Ginger oil is effective for colds and flu, acts as a stimulant and has a calming effect as well
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense oil has been known for its healing properties for decades. It soothes the respiratory system, digestive system, bronchial system and immune system. If you suffer from shortness of breath or nasal congestion, inhale it to regulate your breathing or soothing coughing spasms.
The oil has been used to treat asthma, sinusitis and bronchial congestion in many parts of the world for hundreds of years. It is also known to heal insect bites. Add a few drops to steaming hot water or a diffuser and inhale deeply. It acts as an expectorant, reducing mucus. Eucalyptus oil also alleviates breathing problems by stimulating cold receptors.
Tea Tree Oil
Like eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil soothes insect stings and reduces inflammation. It removes mucus that obstructs breathing by sticking to the lungs. Mucus also causes coughing and wheezing. The antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil fight bacteria and germs that cause inflammation.
Aroma Oil Diffuser
Diffusers work best to disperse the scent of essential oils but heat can change the chemical composition so the therapeutic benefits lessen. Instead, use a nebulizing diffuser. These fizz out vapour from essential oils without using heat or water, so all the goodness goes straight into your lungs. If you suffer from breathing problems, check out our attractive range of diffusers at Aroma Oil Diffuser to introduce the delightful, therapeutic, invigorating scents into your life.