| Randall Agee
Bronchitis is an inflammatory disease that affects the respiratory system, causing inflamed bronchial tubes, excess mucus production, and coughing. Acute bronchitis is normally caused by a virus and may accompany an upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold or the flu. It can also occur due to aspiration of liquid or food into the lungs, or following exposure to irritants such as heavy smoke. Cases of acute bronchitis typically last two to three weeks. See your doctor if symptoms do not respond to treatment, as bronchitis symptoms can be an indicator of a more serious underlying disease.
Eucalyptus essential oil helps open constricted airways and ease coughing. if you do not have a diffuser, the eucalyptus scent can be inhaled directly from the bottle or used in an aromatherapy pendant, or a few drops call be added to bathwater. If eucalyptus essential oil is not available, you may substitute rosemary essential oil, which also eases bronchitis symptoms. Diffuse eucalyptus essential oil in the area where the sufferer is spending the most time.
MAKES 12 TREATMENTS
Eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree essential oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties that help prevent bronchitis from getting worse. They also soothe inflamed airways. Rosemary essential oil can be substituted for eucalyptus essential oil, if desired.
- 2 ounces carrier oil
- 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil
- In a dark-colored glass bottle, add the carrier oil along with the eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree essential oils, and shake well to blend.
Using your fingertips, apply about 1 teaspoon of the blend over the chest area, and massage it into the skin before relaxing.
- Repeat this treatment up to 4 times a day until symptoms subside, Store the bottle in a cool, dark place between uses.