A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke. A "dry cough" means it's tickly and doesn't produce any phlegm. A "chesty cough" means phlegm is produced to help clear your airways.
A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. The main symptoms of a cold include a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, sneezing and a cough
Eucalyptus radiata contains 62-72% 1,8 Cineole. This compound has found to be mucolytic and has been shown to dilate airways of asthma patients after administration for 7days (Jeurgens et al., 2003).
The Eucalyptus family of oils are generally beneficial for respiratory conditions, containing 1.8 cineole, also known as eucalyptol.
A powerful decongestant, anti-catarrhal, expectorant, and antibacterial. Use with care for young children and those with sensitive skin.
Hyssop may be useful for respiratory conditions as it is rich in rosmarinic acid, a compound that has been found to be strongly anti-inflammatory.
Linalool is antispasmodic which can prevent and relieve coughing.
Menthol, peppermint’s major constituent is expectorant, reduces the discomfort associated with laboured breathing and is anti inflammatory. Peppermint oil was also found to reduce nasal rubbing and sneezing by rats upon administration of an allergen to the nose (Inoue et al, 2002).
It is useful for migraine, neuralgia, sinusitis, coughs and colds. Much more gentle than Cornmint, but should still be used with care (in dilution) for the young and frail.
Basil may be useful at opening the airway for easier breathing as a macerated basil extract was found to possess potent bronchodilatory effects due to its relaxant effects in an in vitro experiment (Boskabady, Kiani and Haghiri, 2005).
Mostly monoterpenes with some esters, useful for inflammatory and allergic conditions, sinusitis, congested lungs, debility and fatigue. It is a warming and drying oil, helps to clear phlegm from the lungs. Most of the other evergreen trees can be used, including Canadian Balsam, Cajuput, Black Spruce, Cypress.
The expectorant action of inhaled lemon oil was found to be due, in part, to the expectorant action of two of its ingredients, limonene and pinene (Sheppard and Boyd, 1970).
Alcohols, monoterpenes and aldehydes. Useful for sinus pain, headaches and respiratory infections. Fortifies the immune system, gentle and calming; this herb was used by the ancient Greeks in fragrances and medicines.
Mix the essential oils together and pop into a 5ml or 10ml amber glass bottle. Use as an inhalation blend alternatively pop a few drops in a diffuser or on a tissue to inhale throughout the day.
50ml Echinacea Carrier Oil
5 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
5 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
5 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Mix the essential oils in with the your Echinacea carrier oil and shake well, use for massage.
Inhale this cleansing blend of oils or add a few drops to your bath daily to help maintain healthy lungs. This blend is used for asthma, hayfever, bronchitis and other conditions that cause breathing difficulties. Blended with Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender and Hyssop Essential Oils
Made up of four Essential Oils. Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Leaf, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon and Rosemary. It dates back to the legend of the Four Thieves in the 1400s and the Bubonic Plague. The Thieves used this mix of oils to help keep them safe from infection whilst they stole from people who had succumbed to the illness.
A blend of Eucalyptus Smithii, Lemon, Peppermint and Basil Essential Oils to help ease when you are under the weather, it is soothing and clearing the nose and throat helping to breathe and clearing mucus.
Blended with Thyme Thymol, Pine, Litsea, Lavender True and Anise Star Essential Oils to purify the air.
Used to maintain alertness and combat weariness during the day, this energy-giving blend is made from Lemon, Black Pepper and Eucalyptus Essential Oils.
Blended with Eucalyptus Smithii Lavandin Hyssop and Peppermint Essential Oils to help maintain healthy lungs and easy breathing.
Nurture Breathing Lotion, a blend of Eucalyptus Smithii, Peppermint, Lavandin and Hyssop Essential Oils, a lotion for the chest and neck to maintain healthy respiration.
A calming blend of Peppermint, Lemon, Basil and Rosemary Essential Oils in massage cream to help maintain healthy respiration and a clear nose.
Roll on clear breathing for when it isn’t clear or deep, due to stress or a common cold, use our Inhale Rollerball. It helps to clear the nose and throat and promote clear and easy breathing.
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