Breathing is something that most of us do without thought, but there is actually a lot that goes into pumping oxygen in and carbon dioxide out of our lungs. Here is what is actually happening: 1. The air moves down the windpipe to the bronchial tubes in the lungs. 2. The bronchial tubes have thousands of smaller sections within them called bronchioles that have bunches of air sacs or alveoli. Alveoli have blood vessels called capillaries that are along the walls of the sac. When air reaches the alveoli, oxygen gets into the capillaries. 3. While this is happening, carbon dioxide goes from the capillaries to the alveoli (and eventually out of the body).
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a disease that makes breathing more difficult over time. If you have COPD, less air flows in and out of the lungs for several different reasons, including: less elasticity in the airway and alveoli, destroyed walls, and thick, inflamed or clogged airways. Some of the side effects of this condition are severe coughing and wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. While most people who develop COPD are either current or former smokers, other leading causes are exposure to large amounts of air pollution, chemical fumes or dust.
While the best preventative measure for COPD is to stop smoking or frequenting places with high levels of pollution, there are several essential oils that are beneficial to help ease the symptoms of this condition.
This oil is beneficial for many breathing problems, as it is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and a decongestant in nature. Eucalyptus contains a compound called cineole, which is what makes it so powerful in combatting harmful particles that get into the airways. Cineole has also been found to help the immune system, as it contains antioxidants.
This oil is known for its clarifying properties that help to open passageways, making it easier to breathe. Lemon is also beneficial in boosting the immune system, which in turn prevents harmful particles from wreaking havoc on the body, and the lungs. Other properties of this oil include anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
Use this oil to help drain the lungs of congestion and attack toxins that can cause inflammation. An antibacterial oil, Thyme strengthens the body’s defense mechanisms and helps prevent further growth of harmful particles.
Breathe Right Aromatherapy Inhaler Blend
In a small bowl, add essential oils one drop at a time and combine. You may play around with the ratio of oils to find an aroma that is pleasant but not overwhelming for you; do not exceed a total of 15 drops. Place the cotton insert of inhaler into the bowl of blended oils. Make sure oils are completely absorbed by the cotton insert. Using latex gloves, transfer the insert into the plastic inhaler and secure tightly. To use, remove inhaler cover and breathe deeply. Use as needed.