Asthma is a common condition of the bronchial passages in which they become swollen and
narrow, fill with mucous and cause great difficulty in a person’s ability to adequately inhale.
As a result, a person gasps for breath, and the characteristic wheezing of asthma occurs
in an effort to push air through distressed airways. Common causes of asthma include
airborne allergens, air pollution, respiratory infections, stress, and even food. Symptoms
tend to be heightened by strenuous physical activity.
Eucalyptus oil acts as decongestant, and this makes it effective in minimizing symptoms
of asthma. Generally, the safest time for asthma treatment with eucalyptus oil (eucalyptus
radiata) is in between attacks, though some people do experience great relief when it is
used in an attack. Some asthmatics are sensitive to fragrance and find that it can trigger
symptoms, so caution should be used when any sensitivity is present. Many people find
eucalyptus to provide effective relief when used with appropriate discretion, based on
Add 5-10 drops to a humidifier or steam vaporizer. Use this at all hours of the day to help
keep airways clear and calm.
Place 3-5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a pot of boiling water. Place a towel behind the head as a
“tent” and breathe in the steam. Take deeper breaths for more immediate results.
Add 5-10 drops to a hot shower and gently inhale the eucalyptus steam. This can be done
as a both a preventative measure to keep airways open and also to relieve a full-blown
During high allergy season, dilute 5-7 drops in one tablespoon of carrier oil (such as almond
or jojoba) and massage into feet before bed. Cover with socks and repeat nightly. This
helps to increase blood circulation throughout the body and also to the lungs and bronchial
During an attack, rub 1-2 drops directly on the chest. You can also dilute 3-5 drops in one
tablespoon of carrier oil and rub this on the chest for more sensitive skin.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.