The use of essential oils for COPD can make breathing easier. Naturally, you will have to undergo a medical treatment to treat the issue but accompanying the treatment with the essential oils can help – it promotes natural outcome and healing response without extending the possible risks or side effects. After all, it never hurts to try the herbal solution, and essential oils have been used for decades to deal with some of the most common and also most difficult ailments.
COPD in a Glimpse
What is COPD, anyway? It is a short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, one of the most dangerous and also leading causes of many death. In USA alone, COPD sits on the third spot, so you can imagine how dangerous the ailment is. Basically, the disease is about airflow restricted and inflammatory effect in your lungs. The effect is obvious: you will have a difficulty in breathing. Breathing difficulty is just one symptom of the disease so it is pretty serious. In most cases, it covers respiratory issues like chronic bronchitis or emphysema. When the disease is still on its early stage, it doesn’t show any symptom so most people suffering from it don’t even realize that they have it. Symptoms start to show when the disease is getting worse – on the advanced stage. And that’s when people start to find the cure.
In general, the issue starts from unhealthy lifestyle, especially from smoking. We are all aware that smoking can damage your lungs. One of the damages is the COPD. If it goes untreated, it will get worse over time, especially if you continue smoking. If you suspect yourself from suffering from COPD, it is advisable that you seek medical assistance right away. You want to confirm that you do have the issue and then work with your doctor to find the best alternative and treatments.
As it was mentioned before, the use of essential oils for COPD will help but only if you do it alongside the medical treatment. If you ignore medical treatment completely and you only depend to the use of essential oils, you won’t experience an improvement. It is imperative that you have the medical treatment along the essential oil. But then again, you need to talk things through with your doctor. If it is okay for you to use the oils, then go ahead. Most doctors are okay with the use of essential oils although they may not advise it for certain people with certain conditions. Again, always check with your doctor. Don’t be a know-it-all and think you know better than your doctor.
Getting Further with the COPD
COPD includes problems related to respiratory issues like chronic airway obstruction, bronchiectasis, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis – all of them are showing similar symptoms of the restricted airflow. The most common symptoms may include:
- Chronic cough
- Unexplained and sudden weight loss
- Chest tightness
- Fingernail beds and lips blueness
- Constant and continuous lack of energy and fatigue
As with other diseases, early detection will result in bigger chances of cure. The earlier you can detect the issue, the better chances (and the faster you will have) in getting the cure. Unfortunately, not many people would realize the symptoms. Many of them will realize the issue when the problem has reached a later and more serious stage. That’s why it is advisable that you should check with the doctor when you suspect anything or your health has shown a suspicious condition.
Essential Oils for COPD
Although medical treatment is required, there is no harm in searching alternative medication – including using the essential oils for COPD, provided that you are completely fine and your doctor is okay with it. The oils may not deliver a long term solution that can alleviate the problem at all, but they can be quite handy in dealing with the symptoms. Some essential oils are known to have potent qualities that can treat COPD when compared to other oils so you may want to consider them in your treatment.
For a starter, the myrrh is a type of oil that has been used for decades. It is known for its natural anti inflammatory and antiseptic traits – those are the reasons why they are potent enough for medication and as remedies. In fact, the oil was once known as the effective remedy to deal with toothache and even leprosy. The oil was extracted from the Commiphora tree. When it is not extracted, you can always chew it – as if you were chewing a gum. That’s why this oil has been used in the toothache treatment which is responsible for gum health improvement too.
It is advisable that you dilute the oil with the carrier oil before usage or complication. However, some people claim that you don’t need to do so if you don’t have super sensitive skin. In fact, if your skin is the tough and strong type, dilution isn’t always necessary. Some oils do have this kind of property and characteristics. For this matter, myrrh is sharing its characteristic with the lavender oil.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil is one of the most popular essential oils that have been used for decades, even centuries. The oil is known as the natural and herbal remedy that has flexible property – in terms that it can be used to treat almost anything. Record shows that eucalyptus has been used in European, Greek, Indian, Chinese, and also Ayurvedic medication – mostly included in the essential oils for COPD treatment.
This oil has a nice soothing and relaxing trait – the smell is similar to those of pine. It is often used in breathing-related ailments because of its natural ability as expectorant and also decongestant – meaning that the oil can help break down phlegm and mucus and then promote more effective coming out of the body to provide faster and better relief. Not to mention that it can also relieve the discomfort and pain. At the same time, the oil can boost the patients’ immune system so it will strengthen them in the most natural way. It has a natural substance, known as cineole, responsible in fighting off particles inside the airways. Not only cineole will improve your recovery and healing chances, it will also boost the immune system, thanks to its natural antioxidant.
Keep in mind, though, that you should mix the oil with a carrier oil, especially if you are going to have a direct topical application. The best proportion will be eucalyptus (five drops) with an ounce of the carrier oil.
Bergamot Essential Oil
This oil contains natural antifungal and antibacterial traits that will protect you against any medical issue while treating the COPD problem at the same time. If you use this oil, it will provide protection against other diseases so the chances of you catching other diseases will be very small. Another benefit of this oil is to boost mood and positive feeling – according to studies, those who are exposed to this oil experience a significant reduction in fatigue and any negative emotion.
Keep in mind that different oil will have different functions, effects, and usages. They can be beneficial for your health and well-being. The problem is that there is no official application of how the oil should be treated or administered. Not to mention that different application will lead to different mix. For instance, mixing the oils for diffusers will be different from mixing the oils for massage oil or steam inhalation.
Frankincense Essential Oil
It is said that this oil has the same potency and ability as the myrrh oil. It is extracted from Boswellia tree, containing only the positive and healthy substances. Despite the similarity with the myrrh, the smell is different. Myrrh has this woody or dark pine scent (which is often considered more masculine) while frankincense has sweeter scent with a tint of spice and citrus characteristics. A lot of people claim that using the essential oil of frankincense or myrrh doesn’t have any difference – it is more about personal preference, really, whether you like the sweeter scent or the woody type.
For frankincense, dilution isn’t really necessary unless you have a sensitive skin. Or if you buy a certain product and the direction requires you to dilute it with the carrier oil, then you need to follow the written instruction. It is also advisable that you perform a patch test first to make sure that you aren’t allergic to it. If you are being super careful and you have been cautious about it, using the essential oils for COPD treatment can be beneficial – most importantly, it can improve your condition.
Lavender Essential Oil
A lot of COPD patients are undergoing a stress effect during the COPD treatment because this ailment does create such an effect. The lavender essential oil has several benefits. First of all, it is packed with high level of antioxidant so it can boost your immune system and fight off the disease naturally (and efficiently). The nice smell of the lavender can also reduce the anxiety level of the patients, creating a calming and soothing effect. When the patients have lower stress level, medication can work better and also faster.
Another benefit of the lavender is that it isn’t irritating so you don’t necessarily mix it with the carrier oil. However, you also need to remember that each person is different from one another. Whereas one person may have better immunity, another may not so. Whereas one person may not develop any allergic reaction, it may not so with your case. Be sure to always read the directions written on the products. Or if you want to be sure, perform a patch test first.
Thyme Essential Oil
This type of oil is known for its congestion effect and it helps drain it from the body. It can also attack the toxin and the bacteria responsible for the inflammation. This oil comes with its own antibacterial trait that will help the body fight off the bacteria while improving the body’s natural defense system at the same time. It can also prevent the growth of dangerous particles and irritants so the problem won’t spread out.
Lemon Essential Oil
This oil can help open the obstructed air passage. It can remove the obstruction inside the passage that is responsible for the breathing difficulty. When you use this oil properly, you should be able to breathe more easily. It is a natural antimicrobial and anti inflammatory agent that can help improve your condition. Lemon oil is also packed with vitamin C which will boost the immune system and body’s natural defense mechanism.
This oil, however, can be irritating to the skin, especially the sensitive skin. It is advisable that you always mix it with the carrier oil. And don’t immediately go outside after you apply the oil on your skin. Under the direct sunray, lemon oil can irritate your skin and cause further skin issue.
There are actually many recipes using the essential oils for COPD out there. There are different recipes for different methods. Feel free to browse the internet as it is the biggest digital library on earth.
Here is a simple recipe for inhaler aromatherapy mixture for the COPD. You will need an inhaler and each 5 drops of lemon, eucalyptus, and thyme essential oils. When you prepare the mixture, you can prepare a small drop where you can add each drop carefully. The total drop should be maximum 15 drops – if you want to be safe, don’t exceed the number or it can be super overwhelming and too much. Then, place the inhaler inset into the bowl and let it absorb. Use the latex gloves before transferring the insert to your plastic inhaler. Once it is settled, remove the cover and breathe.
For this method, feel free to include any essential oil ratio as you like – but remember that you don’t have more than 15 drops. Find the scent that you like the most – and you find most soothing. This is quite a beneficial use of essential oils for COPD and you should see your condition improves after a while.