Source: The Miracle of Essential Oils
Essential oils are pure and highly concentrated liquid plant extracts obtained by steam distillation or cold pressing of aromatic plant material. It takes a lot of plant material to derive just a little essential oil, which is why essential oils are so potent and powerful. Just imagine: it takes about 5,000 pounds of fresh rose petals to make just one pound of rose essential oil and one drop of peppermint oil is approximately equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea!
Being super concentrated, essential oils constitute of numerous healing and medicinal properties in just a few drops. One of the major benefits and ways of using essential oils is through using the power of their aromas, which have therapeutic benefits.
For lung health, essential oils mainly help when their tiny aroma compounds are inhaled into the respiratory system, sending various signals to the brain to instruct the body to carry out specific functions. Examples of these include inhalation of eucalyptus or peppermint oil which helps open up the respiratory pathways, clear congestion, relieve pain and so much more.
Some of the ways in which essential oils support lung health include the following:
Boosting the immune system
Strengthening the respiratory system
Fighting air borne and infectious pathogens that are responsible for many respiratory illnesses
Have expectorant properties that help in dislodging mucus and phlegm form the nose, sinuses, bronchi and lungs
Opening up the respiratory tract
Reducing inflammation of the respiratory system
Warming up the body and fighting cold temperatures which are the major causes of respiratory health problems
Combating allergies that lead to persistent sneezing and runny noses
Take a look at some of the research carried out on essential oils for lung health and respiratory problems:
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