Emphysema is a progressive disease of the lungs most commonly caused by smoking, second hand smoke, and air pollution. Allergies, poor diets, and poor circulation are additional contributing factors. Symptoms include: chronic bronchitis, shortness of breath, post-nasal drip, congestion, frequent colds, blue lips, lack of energy, and frequent hacking cough especially when speaking or exhaling. Emphysema reduces oxygen intake and can eventually lead to heart failure. For smokers, emphysema is usually fatal if the person
continues to smoke.
Eucalyptus oil (eucalyptus radiata) acts as decongestant, and this makes it effective in minimizing symptoms of emphysema. Essentially, the powerful scent of eucalyptus oil works to loosen mucous in the respiratory tract, and helps to release chest and nasal congestion. Inhalation of eucalyptus oil has also been shown to increase oxygen distribution from the lungs to the bloodstream, and this increase in oxygen aids in relief.
How to use eucalyptus oil for emphysema:
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.
Add 10-15 drops to a 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. Add 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into chest and neck.
Add 10-20 drops of eucalyptus oil to a hot shower or bath for a full body treatment that will help clear and soothe airways.
Place a few drops on a clean towel or handkerchief. Hold near your nose for a quick congestion fix.
Make a heat pack by saturating a thick piece of absorbent cotton or wool flannel cloth with oil (coconut or almond works best). Warm the cloth in a low-temperature oven or microwave. Add 10 to 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the cloth and gently rub the cloth together to disperse. Apply the pack to your chest for 20-30 minutes. Repeat as necessary.
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.