There are many fantastic essential oils to use to benefit respiratory and immune health during the Fall and Winter seasons.
Here are some of our favorites...
Tree essential oils assist to open up the bronchioles and respiratory system.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil-Eucalyptus citriodora
Pleasant lemon scented variety of eucalyptus used as a general anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and for relief of pain due to arthritis, muscle cramps, sprains, sore tendons and carpal tunnel injuries. Good for immune stimulation and respiratory assistance. Amazing properties that include: antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, calmative, expectorant, and fungicidal. A must for massage therapists.
Can be used in diffuser, steam pot, room or linen spritzer, and massage oil.
Citrus essential oils are uplifting, like sunshine in a bottle! Mandarin is one of our favorites.
Mandarin Essential Oil- Citrus reticulata
A light, orange-like oil with a sweet, almost floral fragrance. Is used for digestive issues and diffusing for the respiratory system. Calming and soothing for children. Use as a sedative for a relaxing massage, or room spritzer.
Can be used in diffuser, massage oil, room or linen spritzer and perfume blends. Always dilute properly with carrier oils. Mandarin is NOT to be used in the bath, as it is a skin irritant. All citrus essential oils are photosensitive; do not apply before going out in the sun or tanning beds.
Essential oils from leaves like peppermint, spearmint and rosemary are also useful for the respiratory system.
Peppermint Essential Oil-Mentha x piperita
Strong, minty aroma with cooling, refreshing, and stimulating effects. Used for poor memory, depression, confusion, stomach upsets, and to reduce fever. Known properties include: antiseptic, carminative, decongestant, and analgesic. Blends well with eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, rosemary, and other mints.
This essential oil is fantastic for personal nasal inhalers and diffusing for sinus and/or respiratory complaints and creating a clear focus. Ok for a foot bath, but NOT for use in the tub; it is too cooling. Do not use after 6pm; because it is too stimulating.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is milder than peppermint and may be more appropriate for children, use a 1% dilution or less.
Please consult a health care practitioner before using essential oils if you are pregnant or have any serious medical conditions.