Essential oils help prevent common respiratory ailments and enhance the working of the bodyÂ’s defense mechanism as well.
comprises of: the nose, larynx, pharynx, trachea, bronchial tubes, lungs, alveoli and the diaphragm. Respiration is the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen between the atmosphere and the cells of the body.
Inconsistent lifestyle patterns, feeble immune functioning, allergens and toxins in the environment and dietary inadequacies, weaken the body and raise its susceptibility to a range of respiratory infections.
Allergic rhinitis, influenza, sinusitis, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and pleurisy are extremely common ailments and a frail immune mechanism significantly increases the propensity to these diseases.
How Does Aromatherapy Prevent Respiratory Illnesses?
Essential oils reach the lungs by means of the respiratory tract; and are then conveyed throughout the body.
In the body, these aroma oils exert a dual action. Some essential oils provide strong anti-microbial properties, which effectively ward off and combat infection, while, some oils perk up the body’s innate defense processes.
Also, essential oils are known to provide considerable stress busting. They help allay anxiety, fear, anguish and apprehension, due to stress and thus, staving off an attack of asthma or bronchitis.
Essential Oils that Strengthen the Respiratory Tract and the Immune System
Essential oils that have a decidedly favorable effect on the respiratory system are:
- Clary Sage essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Cedar Wood essential oil
- Myrrh essential oil
- Ginger essential oil
These essential oils have demulcent properties and relieve inflammation of the mucus lining, as in the case of asthma, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis, and emphysema. They work directly over the respiratory tissues, easing chronic cough, headaches, nose blocks, chest pain, and breahlessness.
They help lessen swelling and allay symptoms such as: cough, sneezing, sore throat, pain, discharge and expectoration, fever, etc.
An aromatherapy massage exercises brilliant health benefits. Constant coughing causes a constraint in the chest; a massage relaxes and soothes the chest muscles and the bronchi and bronchioles in the lungs.
Equally valuable are aromatherapy oil inhalations. Add about 2 to 4 drops of the essential oil to boiling water. Inhale the essential oil vapors for about 10 minutes. Repeat 3 times a day. Steam inhalations proffer immense benefits.
The careful and prudent use of aromatherapy essential oils, along with an intake of herbal teas, vitamin C rich foods (limes, lemons, oranges, bell peppers, chilies, kiwis, mangoes, berries, etc.), and liberal quantities of probiotics, has a strong influence on the body. Aromatherapy works in a mild, yet efficient manner to boost the immune system, and successfully check respiratory diseases.