Asthma is a serious disease, if you have asthma or difficulty breathing see a medical doctor. This article is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
The American Academy of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology found that 70% of asthma sufferers have allergies. They also stated that 34.1 million Americans will be diagnosed with asthma sometime in their life. Last fall I became one of those statistics as I experienced the perfect storm resulting in asthma. In November after raking some leaves I had a full blown asthma attack. Combined with a previous history of allergies, stress, lack of sleep, overworking and not fueling my body with optimal nutrients I had the ideal conditions to develop asthma. Since I am familiar with stress management techniques as a yoga instructor, I quickly retreated to a hot bath with some Eucalyptus essential oils, then went to bed. This did help relax and calm my mind and body, but over the next 2 months I had to work on reducing stress, exposure to allergens (artificial fragrance included) and adding even more nutrient dense raw foods to my diet through gentle daily cleansing. A visit to the bank the other day set me back a bit as I stood in line with someone wearing a strong perfume. The fragrance filled the room and the minute I breathed it in I began coughing. Since those episodes and recovering from my initial asthma attacks, I have supported healthy lung function with some essential oil blends. During the couple of visits to my MD it was never suggested that I avoid asthma triggers or allergens. In the past month I discovered some food allergies that were bringing on these symptoms. Now I am equipped to avoid allergens and any adverse reactions from exposure.
***Note that you should use essential oils sparingly, if at all when lung function is compromised. Inhaling synthetic fragrance can be very harmful when one has an asthma attack and can make the situation worse. Make sure you only use essential oils of the highest quality and 100% purity, any additives could trigger an asthma attack. Massaging essential oils onto the feet is a gentle way to relax the body without irritating delicate airways from inhalation.
Here are some oils that may support healthy lung function:
Healthy Lung Function Blend – a blend of eucalyptus globulus, peppermint, eucalyptus radiata, copaiba, blue cypress, eucalyptus bicostata and myrtle oil. This combination of oils are of great support to the respiratory tract. Several, including copaiba have been researched for their support of healthy lung function. Simply apply the roll-on oils to the chest area or VitaFlex points for the lungs on the soles of the feet. A healthy lung function blend is synergistic and the combination of oils can be more powerful than their individual parts. Wintergreen essential oil is another option for supporting healthy lung function but is a very hot oil. Always dilute Wintergreen oil, using only 1 drop of essential oil to 5 or 10 drops of a carrier oil.
Lavender essential oil is a calming oil. Apply lavender oil (therapeutic grade) directly to the chest, sinuses or on the cheekbones, being careful to avoid the eyes. Food grade lavender essential oil can also be taken in a capsule to support overall calm (make sure this is not “Food Flavoring” but Therapeutic, Food Grade essential oil). Lavender essential oil is excellent for skin support, especially when applied directly to the area you need. Diffuse lavender essential oil to purify the air and keep your lung and nasal function healthy. You can even apply a drop of lavender essential oil to your nose or throat to lessen irritation from dry, dusty air.
Essential oil Blends that may be helpful in supporting healthy lung function include a Eucalyptus Blend, A Wintergreen Blend and Healthy Lung Function Blend.
Single oils that may open up the airways: eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus blue, Copaiba, wintergreen, peppermint, myrtle and Idaho balsam fir. Many oils can help with managing stressful situations which can calm someone down during times of stress: lavender, chamomile, citrus and tree oils (frankincense, sandalwood, spruce) can be very calming.
I believe our bodies were designed with systems in place to protect us: pain receptors in the nerves, coughing or sneezing to eliminate bacteria and a fever to fight against germ invaders. The problem is we have so many substances in our environment that could be causing these symptoms that we don’t always take the time to find out what the root cause is. The FDA has actually urged doctors to hold off on prescribing common daily asthma medications as they have been linked to severe and fatal asthma attacks. More importantly, I want to clean up my environment because I want to live a life of quality – wellness, purpose and abundance.
If you want healthy lungs, it’s important to listen to your body and discover the exposure of harmful substances that might be triggering your symptoms. Talk with your doctor about your options. Most doctors will agree that managing stress, providing my body with optimal nutrition, avoiding allergens are good choices for a healthy body.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
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