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5 Essential Oils That Can Help with COPD

21 Dec 2017
| Under COPD, In the Home, Tips | Posted by | 8 Comments
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When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are times when you’d do just about anything to breathe a little bit easier. Though finding this type of relief generally involves taking medications or undergoing some type of medical procedure, there are a few things you can do to promote a natural healing response.

One of these involves using essential oils to help manage your COPD. If this sounds appealing to you, there are five different options to consider.

1. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a piney-smelling antiseptic and Medical News Today (MNT) reports that “Chinese, Indian Ayurvedic, Greek, and other European styles of medicine have incorporated it into the treatment of a range of conditions for thousands of years.”

The breathing-related benefits of eucalyptus include its ability to act as a decongestant and expectorant, in addition to providing some level of pain relief. Eucalyptus can also help COPD sufferers create a stronger immune system.

To reduce any potential skin irritation, MNT says this particular oil should be diluted with a carrier oil if you intend to apply it directly to the skin. The ideal ratio is roughly five drops of eucalyptus per ounce of carrier.

2. Lavender

Lavender oil is another oil beneficial to COPD sufferers as this oil acts as an antioxidant, helping the body better fight against the growth and progression of disease.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health also indicates that one study found that individuals had lower levels of stress hormones after being exposed to lavender’s floral scent. Since stress can make COPD worse, lavender can help combat this effect.

Since lavender isn’t as irritating, some oil providers state that it can be applied to the skin without dilution. However, this isn’t necessarily true in all cases, so you want to check with the manufacturer of your specific oil to be sure.

3. Myrrh

Myrrh is another substance that has been used for thousands of years, with History.com sharing that its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties “were once considered effective remedies for everything from toothaches to leprosy.”

Derived from the sap from Commiphora trees, myrrh can actually be chewed like a piece of gum when it is in its more solid form, which is fitting since it also has been shown to improve gum health.

Like with lavender, dilution of myrrh isn’t always necessary unless you have sensitive skin.

4. Frankincense

Frankincense is derived from the Boswellia tree and provides a lot of the same benefits as myrrh. However, it does have a completely different aroma.

Where myrrh has more of a dark piney or woody type of scent, frankincense is sweeter, with a hint of citrus and spice. Since both are good for your health and wellness, it’s more a matter of which one you like the smell of more.

Again, dilution isn’t an absolute must if you use frankincense directly on the skin, unless your particular product brand calls for it.

5. Bergamot

Bergamot is another essential oil that can help with COPD because it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties help protect against other health conditions.

It can also boost mood, with one study finding that exposure to bergamot reduces negative emotions and fatigue.

You should treat these substances with the same respect you would have for medications. You should realize there is not much regulation of these oils, so the same oil from different producers may be very different in concentration, purity and other qualities. This can make dosing difficult at times. You also should consider how you use it. Using an oil in a diffuser is not the same as a topical (skin applied) route or oral route. Some of these applications may have side effects that will differ in different people.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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8 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Lisa:

    Thank you for the information and for reading our blog on 5 Essential Oils that Can Help with COPD.

    it’s all about finding what combination works for you. We are glad to hear you are finding some relief.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Lisa

    3 months ago

    I use Essential oils.
    FIRSTLY, I only use 100 percent theraputic-grade . I Apply to the bottom of my feet, chest and also inhale one nostril at a time. ( I do this at morning and at bedtime )
    I will also put a combination of eucalyptus and lavender in a diffuser during the day when home or at night by the bed if I’m having an issue at night time. This seems to work well. But what works for one person may not for the next. You have to find the right oil or oils that work for you.

  3. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Kauri:

    Thank you for your question. We have not seen any specific article noting whether it is safe to inhale the aroma from these essential oils. Our recommendation would be to purchase from a reputable supplier or retailer to make sure the oils are as pure as possible.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Yasmin:

    The best way to learn more about our treatments is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Yasmin

    3 months ago

    I have COPD and suffer chronic bronchitis I found this article very interesting and was totally unaware about any cellular treatment , I have a great specialist but would really be interested in finding out more
    Regards Yasmin

  6. Kauri

    3 months ago

    Do you Know of any studies suggesting breathing these foreign particles might be bAd for you. I like the idea of diffusing but aM leary. Please advise.

  7. Lung Institute

    4 months ago

    Brenda:

    We are glad to hear you enjoyed the article and also glad to hear you made contact with one of our patient coordinators.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Brenda Durham

    4 months ago

    The artical on essenti oil is very welcomed. I suFfer from end stage copd. My plan is to purchase these oils. I need all the help i can get.

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