I have been a victim of asthma for decades and I know how much it hurts. Especially at night when you are in bed. You are hardly able to breathe. This is why I decided to put together this short to the point list of 11 magical essential oils for asthma.
What you will find in my list is all of the different types of oil that I used to reduce my chest pain. I have to say that we are all different, so if one of these oils does not work with you, then go to the next one.
Only 5 of these best essential oils for asthma did work for me. However, the ones that worked for me did not for some of my friends. On the other hands, the ones that did not work for me did work for them.
In summary, you need to try these essential oils for asthma relief and then find the ones that work best for your body.
Important note: The below is a list of essential oil for asthma for children too.
1. Lavender essential oil
Lavender oil has been used for a long time in helping people with asthma disease. It has anti-inflammatory characteristics that reduce the effect of bronchial asthma. In fact, several studies have demonstrated that lavender is key in reducing the effect of asthma.
This is one of the many essential oils for an asthma attack that you can count on.
What you need to do is to mix the oil with eucalyptus or peppermint oil and just inhale it for 5 to 10 mins.
To get the best result possible, you need to keep repeating this for a couple of days.
What I personally do is to perform the inhaling technique 2 a week even if I am not sick. This keeps my lungs at rest and I feel great too. It is kind of a comfort zone for me. Prevent asthma rather than curing it sort of speak.
There is another method you can use if you feel the above one does not work for you. First, take a bowl.
Now fill it with hot water. Just add a couple of drops of oil to the water.
Take a towel and cover your head with it. Put your head on top of the bowl and inhale the steam. This will clear your airways.
2. Clove essential oils for asthma
Again, clove oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help your lungs. It also contains manganese. It is one of these oils that has been out there for a long time and used by our ancestors for many diseases.
These include arthritis, cold, cough, bronchitis, etc., and the one that is of interest to us; ‘asthma’.
Clove oil is one of the many great essential oils for asthma and allergies.
Here is how you should use it. You can just rub the oil on your chest. What you need to do is to dilute a couple of drops of the oil in water or a carrier oil (just a few drops of clove oil should do). Massage slowly and let it rest, you’ll get some relief after 15 mins.
Note, do not stress out. Just calm down and do not think about the remedy. If not your body will react negatively and you’ll get no benefit from this essential oil.
You can always use a vaporizer to diffuse the oil in the air. If you do so, just do it for a maximum of 20 minutes every three to four hours.
3. Oregano oil
Thymol and carvacrol are two of the well know medicinal properties of this essential oil.
If you feel you do not like the smell of the oregano oil, then you can always use the capsules. They are as effective as the oil.
Here is what you need to do. First mix about 25 drops of the oil with some hot water (25 oz should do).
Now just inhale the steam and do not forget to cover your head with a towel.
Again, you can use an aroma burner if you prefer the whole room to smell oregano. Just pour a couple of drops in the burner and let the oil diffuse in the room.
4. Eucalyptus oil
I am a big fan of eucalyptus essential oils for allergies and asthma. The tree leaves and gum are great natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic.
You can find eucalyptus in many remedies to prevent, cure and alleviate symptoms like swelling, cough, sinus pain, bronchitis, etc., without forgetting asthma.
Again, you just need a few drops of the oil in a bowl.
Fill the bowl with hot water. Now, take a towel and inhale the fumes.
It will open up the congested airways.
5. Frankincense oil
The other day, one of my friends asked me what essential oils are good for asthma?
I started to list these and when I mentioned frankincense oil, he stopped me.
He said, WOW, it seems that you researched this pretty damned well.
The reason he did this is that his son has asthma. Nothing really helped him. He then used frankincense oil and the WOW factor hit. His son had less chest pain and a huge improvement in breathing.
Remember I told you we are not the same? This is exactly what I meant. Frankincense oil does not work for me, but it does for my friend’s son.
If you want to know, frankincense is made from the steam distillation of tree raisins.
This oil is full of anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, etc. It is very effective in reducing the symptoms of asthma and a number of respiratory issues.
Two ways I would use it. I rub the oil on my chest or I use a diffuser.
6. Roman chamomile essential oil
Chamomile is a fantastic anti-inflammatory herd. It is also a natural anti-allergic, and anti-bacterial.
You can treat a vast amount of diseases and is especially good for asthma.
Here is a trick for you. I found that this oil works best when you mix it with eucalyptus oil (both in equal proportions).
When you have mixed these two, just massage your chest.
Do this 2 to 3 times a week and you should improve your condition in no time.
7. Marjoram oil
Did you ever hear about Marjoram oil? Well, I did not till a friend of mine told me he used it to relief himself from breathing issues.
It is an oil that is extracted from the seeds.
Many studies have investigated the oil, and they showed that it is effective in reducing the effect of asthma.
The use of this oil is a little different. You need to consume 2 drops a day of the essential oils which are good for asthma.
Do not expect a complete cure, but it will relief you from some of your pain.
8. Lemon essential oil
This is the one that I am not using much of.
Please do not listen to me and try it for yourself.
It is a really good oil for asthma. The best effect is to clean your nasal passage and open airways.
For best use, put a couple of drops oil at the bottom of your nose to get some relief.
9. Laurel oil
This is a traditional type oil. It has been used in traditional medicine for a long time and has proven to be effective with asthma.
It has also proven to be effective in curing bronchitis.
You need to breathe this essential oil for asthma and you’ll gain in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These properties will help your cure your asthma.
What you need to do is inhale the fumes of the oil. Pour a couple of drops in hot water and breath the steam.
You need to keep repeating the process quite a number of times for it to work.
10. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is a natural anti-microbial. The oil is produced by steam distillation of leaves.
Pour a couple of drop in hot water and inhale it through your stuffy nose if you can. You’ll get a sense of relief. Keep repeating this.
Another effective method is to prepare a mixture that consists of 2 drops of peppermint oil, 1 drop of lemon oil, 20 drops of carrier oil, and finally 8 drops of lavender oil. Rub the mixture on your chest and repeat this daily to get the best result.
11. Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme is a really good plant. It is a natural antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antispasmodic.
So, thyme is one of the essential oils for asthma used in children. It can be used for mouth infections, thrush, respiratory, bronchitis, and asthma.
Add a few drops of the oil in a bowl filled with hot water. Stir it a bit. Now inhale the fumes and don’t forget to cover your head with a towel.
You can also prepare a mixture that consists of thyme oil and bergamot oil. Massage your chest. This should ease difficult breathing.
I have given you what essential oil is good for asthma. In fact, I gave you 11 of these oils.
Now you should go and try each of these and find the one that works best for you.
I personally prefer the Eucalyptus, but that does not mean you should too.
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