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How to support your respiratory system with oils

Terri FosterDecember 20, 2021

The respiratory system is responsible for your breathing and consists of the lungs, airways, and trachea. Each breath is used by your body to transport oxygen to your cells, helping them grow, reproduce, and perform their different functions.  Research has suggested that essential oils can help support your respiratory system as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Are you looking for ways to support your respiratory system naturally with essential oils? Read on (or watch the video training) to learn more about which essential oils are best for respiratory support and how to use them. Topics covered:

  1. Essential oil uses, blends and recipes
  2. Where to apply essential oils topically
  3. Essential oil safety

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This includes some affiliate links and I may earn a small commission on products recommended at no extra cost to you.

Essential oils that support the Respiratory system

  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Douglas Fir
  • Siberian Fir
  • Frankincense
  • Copaiba
  • Cardamom
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree

Breathe respiratory blend

The Breathe respiratory blend is made up of essential oils that help promote feelings of easy breathing and provides a natural solution to help minimize the effects of seasonal threats.

Breathe is a blend of essential oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara.

breathe respiratory blend uses

Breathe uses and benefits:

This blend is for topical or aromatic use only and not safe for internal use. If you are unsure if an oil or blend is safe for internal use look to the label on the bottle. There you will find specific use directions.

  • Breathe can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote a restful sleep. The fresh and minty aroma of doTERRA Breathe will fill your room, allowing you to remain calm and enjoy a night of rest.
  • Breathe essential oil blend can help maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. When you feel like you have a tight throat or are experiencing difficulty breathing easy, rub doTERRA Breathe on your chest.
  • Open the bottle and cup your hand around the opening of the bottle. Place your mouth in the top opening of your hand and inhale deeply.
  • For the snorer, add a drop of Breathe to the bottom of the big toe (this is a reflex point) at bedtime.
  • When you feel like you want open airways, rub doTERRA Breathe on your chest along with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.
  • Add a few drops to the diffuser for respiratory support or try one of the recipes below.
  • When seasons are changing diffuse Breathe in your home or workspace to support your body systems.
  • If you are a hiker, camper, backpacker, or outdoor enthusiast, apply doTERRA Breathe essential oil blend topically before venturing out. doTERRA Breathe will help reduce the effects of seasonal threats so that you can more fully enjoy your outdoor activities.
  • For head and neck tension, rub Breathe onto the temples and back of neck. Be careful not to get into your eyes.

If you were to experience any discomfort while using essential oils add a carrier oil vegetable based oil such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba, grapeseed, etc..) to the area. Using water will not help and may increase the discomfort as oil and water do not mix.

To support a wet and irritated respiratory system with essential oils

Use Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lime essential oils

Diffuse: Add 2 drops each to the diffuser

Roller: Use 2-10 drops each oil with a carrier (FCO) oil for a roller and roll onto chest and back of neck.

Topical: Add a drop of each into your palm, add a few drops of a carrier (FCO) and rub onto chest and back of neck.

(FCO) = Fractionated Coconut Oil is used as a carrier oil. You can substitute other vegetable based oils such as grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba or argan oil.

respiratory support with oils

To quiet a dry irritated respiratory system with essential oils

Use Breathe, Marjoram, Frankincense and Thyme

Diffuse: Add 2 drops each to the diffuser

Roller: Use 2-10 drops each oil with a carrier (FCO) oil for a roller and roll onto chest and back of neck.

Topical: Add a drop of each into your palm, add a few drops of a carrier (FCO) and rub onto chest and back of neck.

(FCO) = Fractionated Coconut Oil is used as a carrier oil. You can substitute other vegetable based oils such as grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba or argan oil.

Breathe drops

We know that we cannot take the Breathe essential oil blend internally. But there is good news! These quick-dissolving lozenges—with Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa, and Cardamom essential oils— come in handy when respiratory issues arise. Keep a couple of them in your purse and pop one in your mouth to promote clear breathing.

Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender for respiratory support

If you need extra support because of seasonal changes try using this trio of essential oils. Daily add a drop of each in a glass of water and drink like a shot or add the drops to a veggie capsule and take with water. To apply this trio to the skin, make a roller blend with 10 drops of each oil in a 10mL roller bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. Roll this on your chest and under your nose as needed throughout the day.*

*Citrus oils (lemon essential oil) should not be used on skin exposed to the sun within 12 hours.

This trio also comes in convenient softgels called Tri-Ease with equal parts of Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender essential oil. Just take 1 – 2 capsules a day with water for seasonal changes. I don’t go a day without taking Tri-ease seasonal blend capsules!

Be sure you are using essential oils safe for internal use. Most essential oils on the market are not pure and contain synthetics and additives. We call these fragrance oils and they do not have the same health benefits as pure essential oils. Check the label on your essential oil bottle. There will be a supplemental facts label and directions for internal use if it is safe to use internally.

Sinus Steamer

  • In a mug of steaming hot water add 1 – 2 drops of each: Peppermint, Lemon, Tea Tree (aka Melaleuca), Oregano
  • Place your face a few inches from the mug and inhale for a minute or two.
  • Close your eyes and create a tent by placing a towel over your head.
  • Add the mixture to your diffuser and repeat the sinus steam as needed.
sinus steamer recipe

F.L.O.O.T. Capsule

For added immune support make a F.L.O.O.T. capsule. In a veggie capsule place 2 drops of each essential oil. If you have any stomach upset you can also add a few drops of MCT oil. Take with water 2 times per day for added immune support.

  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • On Guard
  • Oregano
  • Tea Tree

This capsule recipe can be adapted for the diffuser by adding 2 drops of each essential oil to a room diffuser.

To adapt for a roller blend add 7 drops of each essential oil to a 10mL roller bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. Roll on the spine, back of neck and bottom of feet.

Get the Breathe easy combo

When you could use a breath of fresh air, reach for the Breathe Easy Combo. Included are two packs of the Breathe respiratory drops, Breathe vapor stick and a bottle of the Breathe 15mL essential oil blend.

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