Essential oils are directly extracted from their plant either through distillation, expression, or solvent extraction capturing all of the plant’s natural properties that can then be absorbed by us at a cellular level. Essential oils can be both antibacterial and antiviral, directly attacking germs and killing them at the source. They also can stimulate our immune systems strengthening our bodies so we can fight off disease before it has a chance to set up shop.
Essential oils can be transferred through the skin, digested or inhaled. When it comes to respiratory conditions, an essential oil inhaler can work great with some essential oils working better than others. To avoid any possible resistance on the part of a germ selecting the use of three or four essential oils in combination is wise. Respiratory irritations (from vog or cane burning) and infections involving the throat, lung and nose respond positively to the oils soothing and healing effects.
The following list records the essential oils (with their corresponding healing properties) that I chose to use in my Sol Flower Botanicals Respiratory Inhaler, which I make and sell here on Maui. While these natural oils are considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), please seek medical advice regarding any health issues and treatments.
Eucalyptus~ (Eucalyptus radiata): antiviral, expectorant, can help coughs, sniffles and scratchy throat, anti-inflammatory.
Lemon+ (Citrus limon): antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, can ease spasms from coughs and asthma, detoxifier.
Lavender* (Lavendula angustifolia): anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, can help reduce spasms of bronchi.
Geranium* (Pelargonium graveolens): antiviral, antiseptic, adaptogenic, anti fungal, can ease allergies, helps reduce tension.
Palmarosa* (Cymbopogon martini): can help protect against bacterial & viral illnesses of the throat and lungs, soothing.
Peppermint+ (Mentha piperita): antiviral, anti-infectious, relieves – headaches, nausea & motion sickness, cooling.
Grapefruit+ (Citrus paradisi): antiviral, purifier, disinfectant, relieves tension & uplifts mood, lymphatic. Helps jetlag.
Wild Orange+ (Citrus sinensis): antiviral, purifier, lymphatic, disinfects the air, helps to calm the mind and uplifts the spirits.
Rosemary+ (Rosemarinus officinalis): respiratory balancer, mucolytic, good for colds, flu and bronchitis, anti-inflammatory.
Cypress+ (Cupressus sempervirens): decongestant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, promotes lymph flow, tonifying.
Wintergreen+ (Gaultheria procumbens): analgesic, can help reduce spasms in the respiratory system, antiviral, anti fungal.
Ravensara* (Ravensare aromatica): antiviral, antibacterial, expectorant, mucolytic, eases the flu, nerve tonic, relieves tension.
Spruce~ (Tsuga canadensi): expectorant / decongestant, respiratory & circulatory tonic, helps body adapt to stress.
Fir, Silver~ (Abies alba): helpful expectorant & decongestant, useful for – coughs, colds, bronchitis and the flu.
Pine, Scotch~ (Pinus sylvestris): has antiseptic effect for bronchial illnesses, helps lymph drainage, nervous system tonic.
Clove+ (Eugenia caryophyllata): broad spectrum of action against bacteria, antiviral, works before odor threshold.
*NO diagnosis, prescription or medical claims can be made from the information listed here, please consult a Doctor. Use caution when pregnant. Discontinue use if undesirable results are experienced. For occasional use. The essential oils used in this formula are chosen for their effectiveness & proven safety.
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