Bronchitis is caused by congestion and inflammation of the bronchial passage ways in the lungs. It can be caused by a viral infection or Allergens or sometimes something even unknown.
It can make it difficult to breath. Especially, if the mucous is thick and sticky. It becomes very difficult to cough it up and get it out of your chest.
It can be caused by Allergens and/or infections. It can be an acute attack - sudden onset, as seen with Colds and upper respiratory or it can be chronic - which could be due to a lingering bacterial infection or due to irritations from environmental exposure to dust and other pollutants.
There are several Essential Oils that can help with bronchitis. There are many Essential Oils that can help loosen the mucous and make the cough more Productive. And to prevent it in the first place there are several Essential Oils to help build the Immune System.
You can use Essential Oils in a bowl of warm to fairly hot water, drape a towel over your head and breathe in deeply for 10-15 minutes. Or you can use several of the oils in the bath or shower. In the shower an easy way to diffuse them is to place several drops on a terra cotta passive type Diffuser and let the warm water hit the Diffuser while it sits on the shower stall floor. Of course, be careful not to step on the small disk. Using the Essential Oils in a bath or shower will give you some quick relief.
You can diffuse the oils in your bedroom all night using a fan Diffuser.
Or you can mix a little with a Carrier Oil and apply to your chest, neck, and the bottom of your feet. When you apply the oils mixed with a little carrier or massage oil, your body will absorb and be able to use the oils at the cellular level to help heal and repair damage done to the lung tissues.
The Essential Oils that appear to give the most relief for those suffering from bronchitis include: Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Radiata , Lavender, Peppermint and Frankincense are most commonly used to help lung congestion. Other oils include Rosemary, Rosemary Verbenone, Niaouli, Marjoram, Pine needle , Cedarwood, Myrtle, Ravensara, Thyme linalool
Mix well and gently rub on your chest and throat several times a day.
Blend well and use one of these ways - Put in about 10 drops in a bowl of steaming hot water and let the steam fill the air Place several drops on a tissue or use in a personal inhaler. Put 3-5 drops in a Carrier Oil and massage over the chest and back.
This blend is great for children.
This recipe is adapted from Aromatherapy for the Healthy child by Valerie Ann Worwood.
Special note: If you have chronic bronchitis and you are a smoker, there is probably no Essential Oil that will help to get rid of your cough or congestion. You will need to Stop Smoking so the irritating substances will no longer be present in your airways.
Bronchitis foot rub
Blend all the Essential Oils together in a bottle, then add the Almond Oil. Rub a few drops of this mixture on the bottom of your feet twice a day. Remember to wear socks to bed too. I know this appears strange but remember Essential Oils are easily absorbed through the skin on the bottom of your feet. The Essential Oils then quickly travel through the blood stream to the areas they are needed to help - in this case the lungs. You get slow absorption all day and the Essential Oils will be working for you without having to constantly reapply.