ASTHMA

ESSENTIAL OILS

Eucalyptus. Helps open up airways, improving bronchial restriction.

Peppermint. Cleanses the lungs and opens up the bronchial passages.

Thyme. Helps clean lungs for healthier respiratory function.

Ginger. Reduces mucus and inflammation of the respiratory system.

Research
A 2016 study tested one of the main constituents in eucalyptus oil for its anti-inflammatory effects on airway inflammation. The researchers concluded that 1,8-cineole significantly decreases eosinophilic airway inflammation (a main feature of asthma) in laboratory animals.

Home Remedy
Asthma Remedy. Mix 2 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, thyme and ginger oil with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and rub it onto your chest. Take deep, diaphragmatic breaths.

Background
Asthma is a respiratory illness that causes bronchial muscle spasms, swelling of the lung lining, chest tightness, wheezing and increased mucus production, all of which can make it difficult to breathe. Asthma affects more than 22 million people in the U.S. It most often starts in childhood, currently affecting more than 6 million American children. Asthma attacks can be triggered by allergens such as pollen, dust, molds and animal dander. Chemicals, weather changes, exercise, stress and certain medications can also trigger an attack. Asthma medications have a host of side effects—they affect the endocrine system and the immune system and contribute to yeast growth and osteoporosis. For asthma sufferers, essential oils may provide some much- needed relief.

Suggested Supplements

» Quercetin. A natural antihistamine and anti- allergenic found in citrus fruits; shown to reduce the severity of exercise-induced asthma.29

» NAC (N-acetyl cysteine). Helps decrease the severity and frequency of asthma attacks by increasing glutathione and thinning bronchial mucus. Take 200-500 milligrams, two to three times daily.