Breathing Easier this April with Essential Oils:
This Weekend’s Oily Tip
This week, I was powerfully swayed off my hormonal rants on the balancing effects of essential oils for endocrine health.
Spring has sprung in the Northeast, and the sniffles and sneezes of pollen suffers and hay fever haters is deafening!
I realized that I just assumed everyone knew that essential oils could help alleviate some of their seasonal symptom woos. Then, I remembered what mamma taught me about assumptions. (They aren’t good.)
This is why I had to jump off my evidence-based soap-box in defense of fennel’s name and explore the topic of spring allergies. This was for the good of all my readers and the cloggy noses of those afflicted!
A Dirty Little Secret Connection to Lung Woos
The increase in respiratory aggravations that experts are predicting isn’t just linked to climate change and warmer temperatures. In my Healing, Health, and Wellness blog, I discussed various factors that are related to this increase in allergies. One of the most overlooked, overload on our immune systems is the excess burden of our toxic world and exposure to everyday chemicals. These are the dirty little secret contributors to unwanted lung and sinus symptoms.
The good news is that we can decrease our total toxic load with more earth-friendly and sustainable products to chill out our immune system and put a stop to those coughs. I also provided additional resources to help clean up your home and health in this link.
Of course addressing lifestyle factors, digestive and microbiome health, mitochondrial function, circulation, hormones, and body structure alignment are also important factors that will lead to less achoos.
The Hip Bone is Connected to the Leg Bone, and the Lung is Connected to the GUT?!
In my homepage blog, I continued with some background information on allergies and the importance of the gut-lung axis for respiratory health.
Yes, your digestive track is a big player in the immune response and home to those beloved microbes.
How the heck can you calm down an immune response with an inflamed, angry, gut then?
For those who want to geek-out on the mechanisms, these are very good reads:
- Regulation of lung immunity and host defense by the intestinal microbiota
- Gut-lung axis: The microbial contributions and clinical implications
- Desired Turbulence? Gut-Lung Axis, Immunity, and Lung Cancer (my favorite!)
- The Gut-Lung Axis in Respiratory Disease
After my brief review, I then headed straight to some solutions.
Essential Oils Solutions to the Sniffles, Sneezes, and Other Unwelcome Spring Symptoms
Now, let’s review these wellness answers to our undesirable, excess respiratory secretions.
I’ll add a few bonuses so that you, or someone you know, can start breathing easier ASAP!
WAIT! STOP AND READ THIS REMINDER PLEASE: Please read the safety and general user guidelines if you are new to essential oils first. Find them on my database and a summary of resources within this article here.
Okay, here’s the list….
1. Fennel Oil
One of my favorites for respiratory, digestive, and hormonal support!
I like to put a toothpick amount of this oil on my cooked veggies. I also have been known to suggest applying one drop in a carrier oil over the belly, lungs, or feet.
2. Basil Oil
Actually, this is one of my go-to-oils for mental fatigue and cloggy heads, along with rosemary oil. It is also supportive to the gut and respiratory system and may help balance hormones.
I like to inhale oil this with opening the bottle and placing one drop on my hands. I also use it similarly to fennel oil.
3. Tea Tree Oil
This essential oil is great for decreasing the body burden of critters and for using in DIY recipes to replace toxic chemicals. Both of these factors take the total load off your immune system.
Dilute tea tree oil in a carrier oil and apply 1 drop on your feet, the least delicate area of skin. (It will still be absorbed in your system.)
4. An Enzyme Blend
This is my favorite this month because it combines gut support with respiratory support oils.
The result is you may help your cute-lil’ belly to digest foods and prevent fermentation of proteins that could aggravate allergies.
If you want the references for all of the above, here’s the original blog link.
Please share your comments and experiences below!
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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