Not many people think about the benefits essential oils might have for our lungs. While they are not ideal for everyone, depending on the issues at hand diffusing the right oils will really make a huge difference in your health.

One of the more prominent means of treating mild asthma is actually using essential oils. You can diffuse them or rub them on your chest. Many essential oils have antihistamine and decongestant properties that can make a huge difference when it comes to how often you have attacks. With that being said, please if you have severe asthma or frequent attacks continue avoiding your triggers and taking your medication as needed.

However, adding some kind of essential oil to your life might be something that can really change the game. Respiratory issues in themselves tend to lead to congestion and peppermint oil is one of the best essential oils for that. It contains lots of things that might already be present in some inhalers so on days where you aren’t experiencing severe symptoms it could prove to be a good alternative.

GHC wrote as follows in regards to peppermint and asthma:

According to research published in the July 2010 issue of “Journal of Ethnopharmacology,” it was noted that peppermint oil was found to have anti-congestive, antispasmodic (meaning it helps relax the smooth muscles of respiratory tract), and expectorant properties. This study found that 100-300 micrograms of peppermint oil relaxed the trachea in rats. [2]

A condition known as, “exercise-induced asthma,” occurs when asthma symptoms are brought on by physical exercise. Dr. David Kiefer, M.D., a renowned author and advocate for alternative medicine, suggests peppermint helps reduce irritation and acts as a bronchodilator by opening the airways, decreasing shortness of breath.

Peppermint is typically thought to be safe unless specific allergies exist. Care should be exercised when using the essential oils as large amounts may cause an upset stomach. Although peppermint is typically cultivated in the United States and Europe, it should not be taken for granted that all peppermint supplements are organic. Only supplements that are supplied from natural, organic, and reputable sources should be taken.

Some of the best options when it comes to benefiting our lungs are peppermint oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender, and chamomile. While some of these are more widely used than the others they all come in handy. You see, tea tree oil works to help the body break up mucous and clears the airway while lavender reduces inflammation.

Doing your own research to decide which oil works best for you is always a good idea. For more information on this feel free to check out the video below. Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to breathe when you have the right thing to breathe in?

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