Aromatherapy is a natural therapy that uses essential oils to treat various problems in the body, without causing side effects. Once all the oils can be inhaled, this therapy is excellent in treating respiratory problems.
To combat the cough are indicated with the following essential oils:
- Rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender;
- Marjoram, niaouli, and spearmint-peppermint;
- Juniper, oregano, tree of tea.
This therapy can be used to complement the medical treatment because, in addition to treating the cough and soothe the upper respiratory tract, also has an antiseptic effect, preventing the development of bacteria in the lungs, which may develop into pneumonia, for example.
Thus, these oils may also be used during the treatment of respiratory infections, since most of them are all antissepticos, eliminating bacteria. However, the ideal is that always consult an aromatherapist before starting any treatment.
5 ways to use Aromatherapy against Cough
To take advantage of the medicinal properties present in each plant can adopt the following strategies:
1. Inhale the bottle of oil
Do inhalations directly from the bottle of essential oil is the most complete form of to treat the body, because in addition to the particles of the oil come in direct contact with the muscosa of the lung, also can quickly get in the brain, leading the body to re-balance.
To do inhalations correctly, you have to inspire the background with the nose close to the mouth of the bottle, hold the air for 2 or 3 seconds and then throw the air out through the mouth. From the beginning, you should do 3 to 5 inhalations, 10 times per day, 1 after increasing until the 10 inhalations, 10 times per day. Before sleeping, also if you can do 10 minutes of inhalation, especially if the cough is interrupting sleep.
2. Put drops on the pillow
Just add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil that you want to use directly on a pillow, or a small baggie of smell that can be placed below the pillow to take advantage of their aroma during sleep.
3. Use a diffuser or burner essences
Another way is to use a diffuser or burner essences for the aroma to spread through the air. Just add 1 or 2 drops directly on the equipment, which can be a good strategy to use both during the day and the night.
4. Use a bowl with hot water
Another way is to use a container with boiling water and add the essential oils, which will evaporate with the hot water, and perfume the room, and will penetrate in the lung of a person with a cough through the breath.
5. Breast massage with oils
Mix 2 drops of essential oil that you want to use on 1 tablespoon of a vegetable oil, such as sesame oil, or coconut. The breast massage helps to relieve congestion in the nose, being great to be applied after bath and before going to sleep.