Relief for Bronchitis using natural remedies

by Penny Keay © 2005, 2013

Oh, how I wish I had known about essential oils 30 years ago when we were raising our children. And I'm sure Alan's Mom would have welcomed it too over 50 years ago when he was an infant and young boy.

Al and our sons all had several bouts of bronchitis as infants and young children.

Bronchitis was always at the end of every cold or upper respiratory infection especially with two of our sons.

One would develop bronchitis as a result of his allergies, the other when ever he got a cold!

It was so frustrating, listening to the coughing and congestion. They never really felt that sick, but you hear the coughing. They would of course, be worn down by the lack of rest. And they themselves got tired of it all!

As many people, we always tried natural remedies for treating bronchitis and chest colds.

Back then, we used a lot of a Medicated Ointment. A salve that had a lot of eucalyptus and camphor in it. It did the trick, but the ointment was so messy and rubbing it on their chests, back and neck was not fun when you had to be careful not to get it into eyes etc.

Now we could use essential oils mixed with a little carrier oil. It would have been so much easier. Or better yet we could have just diffused it in their bedrooms. And if we had been using essential oils back then, our children would not have gotten sick as often and if they did it wouldn't have been as severe. Lessons learned.

Bronchitis is caused by congestion and inflammation of the bronchial passage ways in the lungs. It can make it difficult to breath. If the mucous is thick and sticky, it becomes very difficult to cough it up and get it out of your chest.

It can be caused by allergens and/or infections. It can be an acute attack - sudden onset, as seen with colds and upper respiratory or it can be chronic - which could be due to a lingering bacterial infection or due to irritations from environmental exposure to dust and other pollutants.

There are several essential oils that can help with bronchitis. There are many essential oils that can help loosen the mucous and make the cough more productive.

You can use essential oils in a bowl of warm to fairly hot water, drape a towel over your head and breathe in deeply for 10-15 minutes. Or you can use several of the oils in the bath or shower. In the shower an easy way to diffuse them is to place several drops on a terra cotta passive type diffuser and let the warm water hit the diffuser while it sits on the shower stall floor. Of course, be careful not to step on the small disk. Using the essential oils in a bath or shower will give you some quick relief.

You can diffuse the oils in your bedroom all night using a fan diffuser.

Or you can mix a little with a carrier oil and apply to your chest, neck, and the bottom of your feet. When you apply the oils mixed with a little carrier or massage oil, your body will absorb and be able to use the oils at the cellular level to help heal and repair damage done to the lung tissues.

The essential oils that appear to give the most relief for those suffering from bronchitis include: Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus radiata , Lavender, Peppermint and Frankincense are most commonly used to help lung congestion.

Other oils include Rosemary, Rosemary Verbenone, Niaouli, Marjoram, Pine needle , Cedarwood Myrtle, Ravensara Thyme linalool

Bronchitis chest rub
Eucalyptus - 12 drops
Peppermint - 5 drops
Thyme - 5 drops
1 ounce of Sunflower oil

Mix well and gently rub on your chest and throat several times a day.


Another blend to use for Bronchitis
Thyme linalool - 10 drops
Eucalyptus radiata - 10 drops
Niaouli - 10 drops
Myrtle - 25 drops

Blend well and use one of these ways - Put in about 10 drops in a bowl of very hot water (you do not need to use boiling water, just hot out of the faucet) and let the steam fill the air.

Place several drops on a tissue or use in a personal inhaler. Put 3-5 drops in a carrier oil and massage over the chest and back.

This blend is great for children.

This recipe is adapted from Aromatherapy for the Healthy child by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Remember that essential oils all have antibacterial and antiviral properties and the essential oils that are used in treating bronchitis symptoms are especially good for treating these type of germs.

Special note:
If you have chronic bronchitis and you are a smoker, there is probably no essential oil that will help to get rid of your cough or congestion. You will need to stop smoking so the irritating substances will no longer be present in your airways.

You might want to check out our page on Asthma by clicking on this link in case your bronchitis is also related to your asthma. Asthma informaton using essential oils.

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