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Natural Asthma Relief — Part 7

Allergy fact
About 80% of children and 50% of adults with asthma also have allergies.

Irritants

  • Respiratory infections, such as those caused by viral “colds,” bronchitis, and sinusitis
  • Drugs, such as aspirin, other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and beta blockers (used to treat blood pressure and other heart conditions)
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Outdoor factors, such as smog, weather changes, and diesel fumes
  • Indoor factors, such as paint, detergents, deodorants, chemicals, and perfumes
  • nighttime
  • GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disorder)
  • Exercise, especially under cold dry conditions
  • Work-related factors, such as chemicals, dusts, gases, and metals
  • Emotional factors, such as laughing, crying, yelling, and distress
  • Hormonal factors, such as in premenstrual syndrome

Did you know that Asthma is the most common chronic illness affecting children?  Asthma is more common among boys than it is among girls. In 2004, 7 percent of males under age 18 were reported to have asthma, compared with 4 percent of females.  At least one-third of the

24.7 million people diagnosed with asthma are children under the age of 18.  Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under age 15.  The percentage of children with asthma has increased over the past two decades, from 3percent in 1981 to 6 percent in 2002, where it remained through 2004.

People most commonly use an inhaler as their asthma remedy.  Some possible side effects of using an inhaler are: Headache, Cough, irritated or runny nose, feelings of rapidly or forcefully beating hear (heart Palpitations), muscle or bone pain, throat irritation, upper respitory tract infections, nausea, nervousness and vomiting.  Using the inhaler as an asthma remedy does not trigger these possible side effects in everyone, but why not try something that has zero side effects, especially for children.

I would like to share a storey with you of how a young boy is using doTerra essential oils as his asthma remedy.  This young boy loves to play outside and be active like most children.  But his activity was greatly restricted due to his Asthma.  Medication is what he used for his asthma remedy until his mother was introduced to doterra essential oils.  This young boy happened to be in the middle of an allergic Asthma attack when a friend was visiting who happened to have her essential oils with her.   Instead of giving him his scheduled Asthma Remedy of an albuterol treatment, they opted to try the Breathe oil. Within minutes he stopped coughing and has whole-heartedly requested the essential oils instead of his treatments ever since then.

This young boy actually went two entire months without an inhaler or steroids. Recently his school nurse administered his inhaler without calling the mother first and it actually brought on more symptoms instead of relieving them.  This young boy chooses oils for his asthma remedy and is hooked on the power of essential oils. They diffuse Breathe at night and apply it to his chest as needed.  They love the oils!

It is always recommended to progress with allergy treatment (and in turn natural asthma relief) under the care of a licensed medical practitioner.

Natural Asthma Relief — Part 6

ASTHMA REMEDY

What are some of the symptoms of Asthma?  Not everyone with Asthma has the same symptoms.  In fact, many people who need natural asthma relief don’t even know it. Some common symptoms of Asthma include:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Frequent chest colds
  • Whistling or wheezing sound when you breathe

If you have some of these symptoms, you might need Asthma help…but remember, only a healthcare provider can diagnose Asthma and give asthma cures.

What are some common Asthma triggers?

Allergens and Irritants

  • Seasonal” pollens
  • Year-round dust mites, molds, pets, and insect parts
  • Foods, such as fish, egg, peanuts, nuts, cow’s milk, and soy
  • Additives, such as sulfites
  • Work-related agents, such as latex

On the next post I’ll go more into Allergies and their roll in natural asthma relief…

Natural Asthma Relief — Part 5

YOGA HELPS WITH NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: Yoga can help you manage the symptoms of asthma and even reduce the frequency and severity of those attacks without requiring you to take any additional medication.  While yoga helps the body’s flexibility by stretching out muscles and soft tissue it also helps release lactic acid that causes fatigue, stiffness and soreness. This is a great benefit to asthmatic patients who find their muscles, particularly the abdominal muscles, sore following an asthma attack. Yoga will help your muscles build up resilience and you will feel less sore following attacks.

NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF BY LEARNING TO RELAX AND CONTROL YOUR BREATHING: There are several relaxation techniques that will allow you to not only gain more command of your breathing but will also leave you feeling more relaxed and in control.

CONCLUSION: While it is possible to have natural asthma relief  by avoiding known triggers, using therapeutic grade essential oils and certain herbal remedies, making dietary changes, incorporating yoga and breathing techniques into your daily routine, it is imperative to work with your healthcare provider.

Natural Asthma Relief — Part 4

Asthma is a complex bronchial disorder with a wide variety of root causes (allergy, respiratory infection, psychological factors, etc.) with multiple physiological results including excess mucus, muscle constriction, and/or swollen tissue in the bronchial area causing breathing to be labored and difficult, along with coughing and wheezing.  Following are some of some of the options available for natural asthma relief:

AVOIDING KNOWN TRIGGERS FOR NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: It is generally believed that many asthma attacks are reactions to certain triggers so one of the best ways to prevent an asthma attack is to avoid the triggers that cause them. Cigarette smoking is one of the most significant triggers and should be avoided. Certain perfumes or products that have strong perfumed scents have been known to trigger asthma attacks so avoiding perfume is a good way to prevent asthma attacks.  You should also try to buy unscented products whenever possible. This includes deodorants, body washes, soaps, hand lotions and other products of this nature. Look for mildly scented shampoos and conditioners.

THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: Most experts in essential oils advise a slow and metered approach to using essential oils.  Lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, and a breathing or respiratory blend can be very helpful.  Frankincense is highly anti-inflammatory and lime has excellent anti-mucus qualities that can be helpful as well.

Application: With asthma, do not use cup and inhale or diffusion in hopes of immediately easing the symptoms. Rather use topical or massage applications to the chest and back, starting with gentle aromatic oils like lavender, then progress to oils with more expectorant properties like eucalyptus, lime and breathing blends. Finally use rosemary or relaxing oils for calming.

Testimonials:  Nicole – My son has asthma and he is supposed to be on an inhaler twice a day. This year I started using the blend breathe.  We apply it on his chest, upper back and feet. I should do it once a day, but sometimes I don’t always remember. He is no longer on an inhaler, we just use the oils. I have found that I have been using the onguard blend quite a bit with it, just to make him really safe during the winter season. I really didn’t want him to catch any sickness, because in the past we have been in and out of the hospital and doctor’s office so often. By using those two blends, he has been SO HEALTHY this winter season. We haven’t visited the ER or the doctor’s office once….which is HUGE for us. It is really exciting to feel like we have more control of his health by using doTerra’s oils. It is great.

Carol – Our daughter has exercise induced asthma.  We had been working on her diet, which is a large part of asthma when we were introduced to doTerra.  We began using breathe blend and frankincense on her back and chest, and immediately saw an improvement in her breathing.   We have learned that not only is it important to use the oils at the first sign of an attack, but that it is important to make it a regular part of a daily routine for her, besides just diet.  Now we switch between frankincense & breathe blend and lime & eucalyptus on her chest and back hourly if we see symptoms.  We also switch off between peppermint, balance, frankincense, sandalwood, on guard or rosemary on her feet nearly every night.  Haily’s attacks are very rare now, and we KNOW why.

It is always recommended to progress with natural allergy relief treatment under the care of a licensed medical practitioner.

EFFECTIVE HERBS FOR NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: Bromelain has been shown to be quite effective for the management of symptoms related to asthma particularly for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies indicate that this herb helps to relieve inflammation in the airway which thereby reduces the severity of asthma symptoms. It is, however important to remember that this particular herb is not for use by anyone who has an allergy to pineapple. The most common side effect is digestive upset although it does pose the above mentioned allergy risk.

Boswellia is another effective herb as it inhibits the formation of compounds called leukotrienes that cause the airway to narrow when released in the lungs. In studies, boswellia has been shown to help patients breathe easier and help reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks. Side effects may include digestive upset, nausea, acid reflux and diarrhea.

Butterbur is currently one of the most talked about herbal natural remedies for asthma as many of the active components of the shrub have been shown to soothe muscle spasms and act as an anti-inflammatory which can help control asthma symptoms. Butterbur is a member of the ragweed family so anyone with allergies should avoid it and it may also cause headache, dizziness, fainting, nausea, fatigue or vomiting.

When using herbs for natural asthma relief, always works under the direction of a healthcare professional.

HEALTHY DIET FOR NATURAL ASTHMA RELIEF: Everyone can benefit from a healthy diet and those with asthma are no exception.  Certain foods have been shown to help with the treatment of asthma and the prevention of asthma attacks. Eating healthier may not completely eliminate asthma attacks but will help make them less frequent and less severe.  Beyond avoiding known dietary triggers such as food allergies, nutritional supplements in the form of necessary vitamins and minerals can go a long way toward minimizing asthma attacks.  Nutritional deficiencies make for a weakened system that isn’t able to effectively fight unexpected environmental triggers. Asthmatics need to exercise care even when using natural supplements. Make sure supplements are hypo-allergenic so as not to react to those! The need for certain vitamins and minerals may be greater among asthma sufferers than the average person as the condition itself tends to contribute to certain deficiencies. A good multi-vitamin is recommended to compensate for these deficiencies and make for a healthier body, better equipped to ward off reactions. Asthmatics also tend to have very low magnesium levels – a mineral that helps relax bronchial tubes – so a supplemental dose may be advisable. Finally, Vitamin C is believed to improve bronchial functioning.  Therefore, fruits and vegetables are an especially important part of the diet of any person with asthma. Apples, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, melons, berries, tomatoes and leafy green vegetables are an excellent addition to your diet as these foods have been shown to reduce the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. Studies indicate that children who had diets that contained a high intake of fruits and vegetables.

Natural Asthma Relief — Part 3

Now that we’ve talked about preventative measures, and treatment protocols, I wanted to discuss some things you could do using a natural asthma relief approach should you have an attack.

What to do in Case of an Attack Using Natural Asthma Relief

Above all, remain calm.  This has saved me a few trips to the emergency room. An asthma attack can come on anytime, anywhere, so be prepared.

One afternoon , my son called me from school with a severe attack, and he was without his albuterol. I went to the school with my essential oils and proceeded to use the asthmatic blend that we use, and also a marvelous blend called Balance, to help him calm down.  Within 5 minutes he was breathing normal and was able to return to his classes.

He now carries a small vial of both Breathe blend, and Peppermint essential oil for maintenance, and doTerra Balance applied to the back of his neck to help him relax while he is at school.

Preventative Treatment Using Natural Asthma Relief

Inhalation of an “air purifying” blend to reduce bacteria in the air.  The blend may be used in a diffuser, on a tissue or in a spritzer to mist the air.  doTerra’s Purify or Purify blend or make a Disinfectant Room Spray using: 3 drops Eucalyptus, 1 drop Peppermint, 2 drops White Fir, 1 drop Melaleuca, 2 drops Bergamot, and 1 ounce of filtered water.

Natural Asthma Relief — Part 2

Like I promised today I will actually outline a specific protocol using Essential Oils to help you with your natural asthma relief:

Natural Asthma Relief Protocol:

1. Infection Fighter: Use doTerra’s essential oil blend ‘On Guard’ in a capsule or in a shotglass of water, and massaged into the feet at night with a little carrier oil. For an Herbal approach drink 1 quart of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea each day. RRL Tea will clean out and support the mucus membranes. You may also want to use a Lobelia tincture–1 dropper in a warm glass of water will relax the inflamed lining in the lungs.

2. Probiotic: PB Assist 3x day for 5 days, then once a day after that.

3. Vitamin D3 and plenty of sunshine: 5000 UI daily for prevention and natural asthma relief. (also highly effective in flu and bronchial pneumonia prevention)

4. Eliminate ALL dairy products: Milk, cheese, ice-cream, yogurt, you name it, it’s mucus forming and will sometimes even bring on an asthma attack.  Eliminating dairy has made a world of difference in having natural asthma relief.

6. 10 minutes daily of breathing exercises and 20 minutes of sun exposure.

7. Diffuser: Diffusing a good essential oil specifically for asthma and lung health is beneficial. doTerra’s Breathe with some Lime essential oil added to it has brought great relief.

8. Peppermint Essential Oil: One of our favorite essential oils for natural asthma relief which can be used in a pinch is Peppermint. Just one drop on the roof of the mouth or a few drops in a glass of water will open the air passages. Also, can be put in your hand and cupped over your nose to breathe in. Be careful with peppermint to not get it on your nose or in the eyes. A little olive oil will erase any burning on your skin if that does happen.

9.  A warm bath may be beneficial for natural asthma relief due to stress related triggers or outdoor allergens. Fill the tub with warm water. Once the tube is filled, add 6 drops each of bergamot, chamomile, and lavender essential oils.

10. Deep diaphragm breathing. Sit with your legs crossed in a comfortable position. Breathe slowly and evenly from your diaphragm, through your nose. Fill your lower abdomen, lungs, then chest with air. Hold for four counts, then slowly exhale the air out from your chest, lungs, then lower abdomen. Repeat 3 or 4 times. That’s it! Just allow your shoulders to drop and your face to relax as you breathe deeply.

Natural Asthma Relief — Part 1

Natural asthma relief is an important topic, and I would like to share a few ideas with you over the next few weeks. My way of keeping my family healthy has evolved and improved over the last 22 years of parenting and holistic education. What works for my family has been the result of trial and error, study and prayer. As an aromatherapist and herbalist practitioner, I have learned to lean on my family’s journey in treating and healing different disorders and disease, including natural asthma relief.

The Foundation for Natural Asthma Relief

The first step is to form and build the foundation for health, including natural asthma relief:

1. A clean diet: No soda, fast and junk food, artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners. Limited refined sugars and flours. Organic and fresh as possible, plenty of fruits and veggies and real whole grains. Eat little animal products and decrease the amount of salt used on foods. Both will stimulate the formation of mucus in the system, which overburdens and overheats the body.

2. Movement: Stretch and move your body daily to release acid buildup in your muscles. Movement and an exercise of your choice prolongs and improves the quality of your life.

3. Lifestyle: Adhere to a low stress lifestyle and a positive outlook on life. Get enough sleep so your body can rebuild and recharge.

4. Reduce Toxic Load: Become aware and reduce the amount of toxins that you are taking into your body. OTC medications and antibiotics create problems in the body and will stay in the body creating problems. Instead turn to herbs and essential oils for your medicines.

5. Yeast overgrowth: Address and balance any yeast overgrowth issues with a good Candida protocol, a good probiotic, and diet. Eliminating sugars and adding green drinks is a good way to increase the amount of leafy greens in your diet and greatly improve stomach digestion and address candida (yeast) overgrowth. DoTerra’s GX Assist and PB Assist are a yeast killing and probiotic enhancing formula that is both effective and gentle. They need to be used faithfully until the yeast overgrowth is gone and the good bacteria is restored to the bowel.

The foundation for natural asthma relief MUST be built to have the long term effect that you desire. In my next post I will actually outline a specific Protocol using Essential Oils to help you with your natural asthma relief… stay tuned!