7 Essential Oils for Asthma

Anyone who suffers from asthma knows that it is a terrifying experience to lose your ability to breathe properly and to feel like you canít get sufficient oxygen. Fortunately, in my more than 25 years as a holistic health professional, I have found that high quality essential oils can offer excellent respiratory support.

There are many essential oils that are effective for asthma symptoms and for improving the ability to breathe. The following list is not exhaustive but includes some of the oils that I have found effective for asthma. Itís not necessary to use all of the oils; actually it is preferable to stick to one or two individual oils or a blend of a few. Iíve included the Latin names of the preferred varieties of essential oil to help ensure that you obtain the correct oils and avoid using any varieties that may lack therapeutic properties, or worse, be harmful.

Some of my favorite oils that help reduce asthma symptoms include:

Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

In addition to having both anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that aid asthma sufferers, this oil has natural compounds that strengthen and heal the adrenal glands.

Blue Tansy, also known as Moroccan chamomile (Tanacetum annuum)

Contains chamazulene that has natural anti-allergic and antihistamine properties that reduce allergy-induced asthma attacks.

Hyssop Decumbens (Hyssopus off. var. decumbens)

An excellent anti-inflammatory and a natural expectorant that helps eliminate mucus from the lungs.

Khella (Ammi visnaga)

This essential oil has antispasmodic and bronchodilating properties, which means it helps open up the passageways in the lungs and relieves the spasms in the smooth muscle tissue of the bronchi, which are the main passageways into the lungs.

Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Strengthens the adrenal glands to help heal asthma and reduce the effects of stress.

Star Anise (Illicium verum)

Has anti-spasmodic effects that prevent and treat spasms in the lungs linked to asthma.

Tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus)

In addition to this oilís anti-allergic properties, it also has antispasmodic effects on the lungs to prevent and treat the spasms often linked to asthma.

Keep in mind that itís not necessary to use all of these oils. Additionally, do not use the oils undiluted; they need to be diluted in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil to prevent skin or respiratory reactions and to obtain the best results. The above essential oils are not suitable for internal use. Do not use the essential oils in place of medication or when you need an inhaler. The essential oils are best used to help strengthen the lungs, reduce hyper-reactivity and to help eliminate mucus from the lungs.

Choose the oils that best fit your symptoms or that fall within your price range. Remember, however, that it is better to get one high quality essential oil than to get several cheap oils. Most of the essential oils sold in pharmacies, grocery stores and department stores are made of cheap imitations or are synthesized so they have little or no therapeutic properties whatsoever, or worse, they may be harmful. Some have been obtained using harsh solvents and contain these toxic solvents in the final product. Sadly, thereís no good way to tell if the product you are considering is harmful or low quality. Like anything, it is best to choose essential oils made by a reputable company.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news Worldís Healthiest News, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Allergy-Proof Your Life: Natural Remedies for Allergies that Work!

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