Top Essential Oils for Breathing Issues

A Brief Guide to Essential Oils For Breathing

Breathing problems have become increasingly common in today’s world. A large part in this is due to the worsening conditions of the planet and its air. The fact is, there is more pollution prevalent in the air nowadays than ever before. This increased pollution has led to more pollutants and contaminants found in the air that can exacerbate respiratory conditions. Thus, those that are predisposed to these issues and those that suffer from various respiratory ailments are at an increased risk when exposed to constant pollution. Essential oils have shown an ability to provide therapeutic benefits for various medical conditions. Various oils have been shown to have the ability to assist in various breathing issues as well. Below, we will be going over some of the top essential oils that can be used to help with various breathing issues that you might have on a reoccurring basis.

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Some Of The Top Essential Oils For Breathing Issues:

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is one of the most prominent essential oils that is regularly used for helping people manage various breathing issues. In fact, it has shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent that can be used to minimize the symptoms of bronchitis and other inflammatory respiratory conditions.1 Another big reason it has shown to be effective at helping reduce the symptoms and severity of various breathing problems is due to it containing antimicrobial properties, allowing it to effectively protect against a variety of bacteria and viruses. These pathogens can result in severe respiratory problems including but not limited to asthma, bronchitis, and even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease when left untreated.2 Along with this, eucalyptus oil has also shown to stimulate cold receptors in the nose which has shown to give a sensation of improved nasal airflow.3

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is another essential oil that has shown to have tremendous benefits when used for breathing issues. Studies have shown that the aromatic use of peppermint oil might have a beneficial impact on reducing the symptoms of an asthma attack.4 This is likely due to the anti-inflammatory effect it can have on the bronchial smooth muscle which typically flares up during an attack. Along with being effective due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it has also been shown to be an effective extract for helping reduce the symptoms associated with the common cold. This is largely due in part to it having antimicrobial and antibacterial properties associated with it.5


Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is another common essential oil that has been used to treat all kinds of ailments. Lavender oil has been shown to reduce inflammation that can result in different respiratory conditions.6 Along with directly helping reduce inflammation, it has also been shown to promote calmness and reduce anxiety, which typically correlates with breathing issues in a lot of people. Because anxiety and stress can induce or exacerbate breathing problems in those that have them, lavender can directly and positively impact these issues and keep them from causing worse breathing problems in certain individuals.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is another essential oil that has shown promising benefits to those that might suffer from different respiratory conditions. Though it might be primarily known to be used in the kitchen, clove oil has shown a unique ability to alleviate the symptoms that are commonly present in those that suffer from asthma.7 It has shown to really help with a lot of the symptoms that might be present in an asthma attack, which is going to allow for a better ability to breathe with a clear breathing pathway. This is largely in part due to clove being effective when used as an inflammatory agent. Thus, aromatic use of clove oil should help those who are suffering from chronic asthma-related symptoms.

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Rosemary Oil

Another essential oil that is a great option for those that are looking to assist in respiratory conditions would be rosemary oil. Rosemary oil is another essential oil that can benefit the respiratory system due to its ability to help decrease inflammatory responses that typically occur in the trachea. Aromatic use of rosemary oil will be able to smooth the muscles that allow you to breathe. It will help to free up the airways, allowing you to breathe without obstruction. 

Ginger Oil

Another essential oil that is known to help with breathing issues typically induced with symptoms of asthma would have to be ginger oil. Ginger oil is a great addition to those that suffer from asthma because it has the ability to reduce airway contraction which makes it much easier to breathe in general. However, this is specifically true when you are dealing with something like an asthma attack that can constrict your airway. Along with being able to help open up your airways, ginger has also been shown to be an effective oil to help decrease the severity and symptoms of a common cold.

Essential oils may provide some significant benefits to those that are having trouble breathing for whatever reason. While there is still a lot of research to be done on them, various oils have shown to be effective at helping minimize the symptoms that are typically present with respiratory issues. The main reason they have shown to be effective is largely due to the fact that they can assist in decreasing inflammation that typically presents itself during attacks. Along with this, some have shown an ability to slow down and/or even prevent common colds and other ailments that can lead to congestion and infection. Try using a personal diffuser with some of the essential oils mentioned above, such as MONQ offers, to curb some of the effects felt from seasonal colds or respiratory issues that might be exacerbated by daily pollution exposure.

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By Savannah Wilson

Savannah is an aromatherapy enthusiast who takes pride in knowing everything about essential oils, from ylang-ylang to chamomile. When taking a break from learning more about essential oils, Savannah likes to spend her time reading books or working out.

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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