The breathing process is one of the most basic functions of the body and one that we often take for granted. A simple head cold and blocked nose can make a person feel dizzy and miserable. Sinus problems in particular can cause a lot of pain and leave people suffering with headaches, migraines and sleep loss due to congestion. Essential oils can be of great help to the respiratory system and effectively assist in clearing airways and easing congestion in a natural way.

Top 4 oils for Respiration
• Eucalyptus
A popular and well known essential oil, eucalyptus helps to open up airways and supports ideal respiratory function. Applying eucalyptus on the chest is a good way to benefit from the properties both aromatically and topically. Diffusing eucalyptus oil in a child’s bedroom is an ideal way to help them breath well when struggling with a blocked nose or cold and promotes a more restful night’s sleep. It’s antiviral and antibacterial properties along with its fresh smell make it a great choice for diffusing when sick.
• Peppermint
A popular and multi-functional essential oil, peppermint is the first essential oil I recommend reaching for when congested. A small drop of peppermint in the mouth helps to clear a blocked nose and is a refreshing and effective way to clear airways. Peppermint essential oil helps to expel mucus and also helps to relieve headaches which are often related to sinus pain.
• Black Pepper
Black pepper helps to reduce mucus and inflammation. Inhaling this essential oil or applying it topically to the chest and back can help clear airways and reduce inflammation. Its expectorant properties make it a good choice to take internally to assist in clearing airways and easing coughs.
• White Fir
White fir is a popular choice for asthma and sinusitis and can help ease breathing when inhaled or applied topically on the chest. Diffusing white fir is also a useful way to benefit from its antiseptic properties and to target airborne germs.

Clear the air
-3 drops Eucalyptus
– Bowl of hot water
– Towel
Add 3 drops of eucalyptus to hot water, drape towel over head and inhale deeply to help clear sinuses and airways

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.
Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.
Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…
caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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