Bronchitis becomes extremely common in winter months and is essentially inflammation
of the lungs. Bronchitis can be viral, meaning that it is contagious, accompanied by a fever, and is most often the result of a long and intense cold or flu. Bronchitis can also be bacterial, meaning that the inflammation has an environmental cause, such as allergies or smoking.
Regardless of the form of bronchitis, symptoms are the same and include coughing, wheezing, a struggle to breathe, chest pains, and hacking up unpleasant mucus.
Tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) is an expectorant with both antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it a great natural choice in the treatment of both viral and bacterial bronchitis. The vapors from tea tree oil assist particularly in congestion relief, helping to clear airways and soothe bronchial passages.
How to treat bronchitis with tea tree oil:
Place a few drops on a clean towel or handkerchief. Hold near your nose and mouth, and inhale slowly and gently to allow the vapors to accumulate in the airways.
Add 10-15 drops to a steam vaporizer or pot of boiling water. Tent a towel over your head and slowly inhale the steam for approximately 10 minutes at a time.
Dilute with unscented oil (such as olive, jojoba, or almond) for a quick and easy neck and chest rub.
For a more natural Vicks-like vapor rub, mix ½ cup melted coconut oil with 10 drops each of tea tree and eucalyptus oil. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Optional add-ins include 10 drops of rosemary and clove oil. Use as you would a traditional vapor rub. Also slather on feet and cover with socks at bedtime for added relief.
Add 10-20 drops of tea tree oil to a hot shower or bath for a full body treatment that will leave your airways clear and feeling refreshed.
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.
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