Breathing is one of the things we take for granted. Unless we just ran a race or have a bad cold, we don’t give it a second thought. It is interesting how something so critical to life goes on without we even think about it.
Our lungs expand and contract, supplying life-sustaining oxygen to our body and removing from it, the waste product of carbon dioxide.
When we inhale an aromatic particle, like that of an essential oil, it dissolves in the mucus at the tip of the nose and then comes into contact with olfactory cells. Nerve fibers bound to the olfactory cells then carry the aromatic message to the olfactory bulb in the cerebral cortex.
During an aromatherapy massage, we inhale the essential oils, smell them and then pass through our lungs and distribute throughout our body, sending also, specific messages to our brain.
Breathing and a healthy respiratory system to support it, are absolutely vital when it comes to living an abundant life.
Aromatherapy massage in the chest, abdomen, diaphragm and upper back is directly beneficial especially when there is a cold, cough or other respiratory problem.
Repeated coughs can cause tension in the entire area of the sternum and the massage relaxes these muscles. Some essential oils such as eucalyptus, cypress, salvia and cedar wood have anticonvulsant properties.
Use of an antibacterial essential oil such as Thyme is also needed in most respiratory problems especially seasonal cold and flu.
Essential oils such as sandalwood that have soothing properties relieve inflammation or irritation of the mucous membranes. When you have a cold or a cough, the mucous membranes are irritated and swollen. Massage with essential oils and inhaliation or diffusion of soothing essential oils can alleviate the symptoms.
In addition, a good night sleep is essential to cure any other problem. The “panacea” essential oil of Lavender is an excellent choice for this.
To support your respiratory system according to your specific needs we suggest the following:
Thyme essential oil (Thymus vulgaris)
It has antiseptic, anticonvulsant, antibacterial, sedative and expectorant properties. A massage in the chest, abdomen, diaphragm and upper back is immensely beneficial especially when there is a cold, cough or other respiratory problem.
You can also directly inhale it or diffuse it to gain from its main property as antibactirial.
As there are several Thyme Chemotypes, we would suggest either: