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Here’s What Really Happens to Your Breathing When You Use an Essential Oil Diffuser

If you’re new to using essential oils, it’s only natural to question whether it’s a safe practice to adopt.

So before you decide to throw any ol’ type of oil in an essential oil diffuser, it’s important that you learn which oils may actually help improve your breathing.

Fortunately, today’s article will cover everything you need to know about how using essential oils impacts your respiration. To start, let’s talk about how essential oils might be able to help combat health problems associated with pollution.

Potentially Counteract Some of the Harmful Effects of Pollution

It’s no surprise that air pollution has reached an all-time high across the globe.

Between a natural increase in the population, greater industrialization, and the fact that people are travelling more ever before, pollution has become a growing issue.

And you don’t need to live in a crowded city to feel the effects of it.

The problem is that pollution can remain in your lungs for as long as a decade

can wreak havoc on your lungs, both in the short and long term.

One study found that air pollution can remain in your lungs for as long as a decade. It can also contribute to cancer, cardiovascular, and respiratory diseases.

Because of this, it’s beneficial to find ways to combat these harmful effects. Researchers in France decided to explore whether essential oils could offer a natural alternative.

After several tests, they discovered that essential oils, and their compounds, could “counteract the inflammatory effects of particulate matter, as contained in polluted air.”

They also learned that the essential oils helped to reduce cytokines in the body, which can cause inflammation and even cell death if left untreated.

But reducing the harmful effects of pollution is just the beginning. Essential oils can also help open breathing, as you’ll see next.

More Relaxed Breathing

Peppermint Essential Oil has been studied for its helpful respiratory benefits. Peppermint oil vapors can help relax tight or spastic tissue, opening up the airway for improved breathing.

Not only that, but peppermint may also help suppress your cough reflex, as reported by the LA Times. That makes it a valuable oil for cough and cold season. Continue reading this article for easy “How to Use” instructions. 

Peppermint is also great for tackling this next issue. 

Certain Aromas Can Help Clear 

Peppermint and Eucalyptus Essential oil aromas could also help clear out nasal congestion, and relieve the discomfort you may have in your sinuses. The vapors from these oils stimulate the cold receptors in your nose to help stimulate airflow

Adding a few drops to an essential oil diffuser may offer a solution.

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You May Improve Your Respiratory Rate

In a small study of 20 students, researchers hoped to uncover what effect, if any, essential oils had on respiratory rate.

To test this, they split the group into two categories.

The first group nebulized a mix of saline and Citrus sinensis oil (a common orange or citrus scent) while the other group nebulized a mix of saline and Mentha spicata (common name: spearmint).

Lung tests were performed both before and after the students went running to see if there were any differences.

The result: both groups of students showed an improvement in their breathing after using the oils.

On top of that, both sets of students also significantly reduced how long it took them to run the same distance, even without using the oils.

While this study is too small to draw strict conclusions and more research is needed, it’s still a positive sign that essential oil aroma may help improve lung function and respiratory rates.

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Now that you have a better idea of how essential oils can affect your breathing, we’ll move on to identifying some of the best oils to use for this purpose.

Top 5 Essential Oils to Help You Breathe 

Not all oils can help improve breathing. Some can even aggravate the problem further. Be sure to choose quality natural essential oils with therapeutic benefits. Avoid fragrance oils made from synthetic solvents and propellants that can irritate breathing. Always consult your doctor before using these. 

Below is a list of key essential oils that may help improve breathing.

#1: Peppermint Essential Oil

If you’re looking for an essential oil to help clear out a congested nasal passage and improve your breathing, consider Peppermint Essential Oil.

As we talked about earlier, the cooling element of peppermint may help open nasal passages.

How to Use: Add 1 drop of essential oil per ounce of water to a cool-mist diffuser and enjoy in 20-minute increments. Avoid use near young children and pets. Consult with your doctor before using it if you have medical conditions.

#2: Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender aromas can help your mind and body relax. The scent may even help reduce a headache.

If you’re highly stressed and congested, include Lavender Essential Oil in your diffuser.

How to Use: Mix lavender and peppermint essential oil together in equal parts. Add 1 drop of the essential oil blend per ounce of water to a cool-mist diffuser and enjoy in 20-minute increments. Avoid use near young children and pets. Consult with your doctor before using it if you have medical conditions.

#3: Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is one of the best essential oils to help relax breathing. It has shown in a clinical study to improve airway flow by those affected with the common cold. 

How to Use: Add 1 drop of essential oil per ounce of water to a cool-mist diffuser and enjoy in 20-minute increments. Avoid use near young children and pets. Consult with your doctor before using it if you have medical conditions.

#4: Rosemary Essential Oil

Not only could you add fresh or dried rosemary to your favorite dishes in the kitchen, you could also consider adding the essential oil to your cool mist diffuser. Rosemary could be useful in reducing a variety of respiratory complaints.

How to Use: Add 1 drop of essential oil per ounce of water to a cool-mist diffuser and enjoy in 20-minute increments. Avoid use near young children and pets. Consult with your doctor before using it if you have medical conditions.

#5: Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil has been popularly used for a variety of skin conditions. 

Bonus: It may also help reduce certain respiratory infections.

How to Use: Mix tea tree, lavender, and peppermint essential oils together in equal parts. Add 1 drop of the essential oil blend per ounce of water to a cool-mist diffuser and enjoy in 20-minute increments. Avoid use near young children and pets. Consult with your doctor before using if you have medical conditions.

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Start Breathing Better Today

If you’re someone who suffers from respiratory complaints. Consider using high-quality essential oils in an essential oil diffuser.

The aromas may even help improve your mood, athletic performance or combat harmful air pollution.

Have fun experimenting with each different oil to see which ones you enjoy.

If you can’t decide which oil to go with first, consider an essential oil blend for
improved breathing.

Whether you choose a single note, or an essential oil blend, dispersing the therapeutic scent using a cool mist diffuser can be quite effective. Your lungs may finally breathe a sigh of relief.

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