With the changing seasons come allergies, asthma, and the quest to free yourself from each. If you’re looking for a natural way to do so, you might give aromatherapy a try. In this blog, we’ll discuss how essential oils for asthma may help you breathe a little bit easier.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 8.3% of people in the U.S. (or approximately 6.1 million children and 20.4 million people 18 years and older) suffer from asthma. As a result, they must live with inflammation and swelling in the airways which causes difficulty breathing. At this point, there is no cure for asthma, so the quest for treatment options remains ever present.
One such natural treatment option? Aromatherapy.
Essential oils for asthma
Essential oils are used for aromatherapy benefits such as relaxation and stress relief, and if you think about it, those are two of the things most needed during an asthma attack. By applying essential oils to the skin or diffusing them in a steamer, people can utilize aromatherapy while also practicing breathing exercises in an effort to find relief.
So, which essential oils should be used for asthma relief and to treat specific symptoms? Keep reading to find out.
Peppermint essential oil
When used in a diffuser or applied to the skin in a carrier oil such as Pure Beauty Coconut Oil, peppermint essential oil may help reduce asthma attack symptoms and may reduce asthma’s effect on bronchial smooth muscle, allowing for easier breathing.
Lavender essential oil
One notable study found that breathing diffused lavender essential oil may help reduce allergy- and asthma-induced symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory properties which reduce inflammation in the airways..
Clove essential oil
Clove essential oil, when taken as a mixture with water, may help reduce asthma symptoms such as wheezing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. .
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil may help manage the symptoms of respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and even the common cold. That being said, eucalyptus oil should not be used for or by children.
Rosemary essential oil
A 1999 study showed that rosemary extract relaxes the smooth muscles of the trachea, resulting in more relaxed breathing. Since then, additional research has shown that rosemary can reduce asthma symptoms in people who didn’t improve after utilizing traditional treatments. Decreased asthma symptoms included chest pain, sputum production, and wheezing.
Roman chamomile essential oil
Chamomile essential oil is another known to have anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown in research to help relax the bronchi, which are the airways that connect the windpipe to the lungs. As a result, chamomile essential oil may help relieve the coughing that often accompanies asthma.
Try these Skinny & Co. products for asthma relief
When it comes to utilizing essential oils for asthma relief, as we mentioned above, there are a couple efficient ways to do so. One of the most effective ways is to apply essential oils directly to your skin after you’ve mixed them with a carrier oil, such as Pure Beauty Coconut Oil. This is ideal if you want to utilize your own essential oils. That being said, many of our products actually contain the essential oils identified above.
If you’d like to use lavender essential oil applied to your skin, you should try Skinny & Co.’s Fresh Cucumber Essential Oil Roller, resh Cucumber Whipped Body Butter, Calming Lavender Almond Body Melt, or Calming Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover. If it’s Roman chamomile essential oil that you’d like to give a go, try Skinny & Co.’s Calming Lavender Almond Body Melt, or Calming Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover. Your third option here is peppermint essential oil, which can be found in Skinny & Co.’s Peppermint Oil Pulling Coconut Oil (which has many alternate uses, such as this one!) or the Clarifying Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover. To use any of these products, simply apply your desired amount to your chest so that you can continuously breathe in the essential oils for relief.
If you’d prefer to try a different method for aromatherapy for asthma relief, you might consider lighting Skinny & Co.’s Fresh Cucumber Candle, though the essential oils would diffuse more since they aren’t applied directly to your body. Alternately, you can use Skinny & Co.’s Calming Lavender & Orange Shampoo Bar or the Rejuvenating Rosemary Shampoo Bar (both of which are also great for washing your body) and let the lavender or rosemary essential oil mix with the steam, knowing that many people utilize steam treatments to help with asthma symptoms.
If you suffer from asthma, you should seek advice and medical care from your doctor. You should also talk to your doctor about trying essential oils, especially as not all essential oils work for every person.