Caring for your Respiratory System

When at rest, the average person breathes anywhere from 12-20 times per minute. Multiply that by that over the course of an average day and you will take up to 30,000 breaths a day. Most days, you don’t pay attention to your breathing. But when you catch a respiratory infection or have stuffed up sinuses, you are probably very aware of how much you are breathing. And how much harder it has become.

While the science of aromatherapy and its affects on the human emotions is very interesting, today we are going to talk about just plain ol’ breathing in and out. At the most basic level, you breathe in oxygenated air, it is circulated through your lungs where it drops off that wonderful, life giving oxygen molecule, picks up those no longer need carbon dioxide molecules and exhales them back out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

But what happens when you have a stuffy nose? Or a cough? This process becomes much harder. It affects the way we breathe in, often having to use our mouths instead of nose. This can decrease the amount of oxygen you are breathing which then makes you more tired. It impacts our ability to taste either decreasing or removing the sense temporarily. It causes headaches from the pressure in your face and head. It keeps us from sleeping well at night.

What are some natural ways to resolve breathing issues?

Sinus steamer
  • Try filling a large bowl with warm, steaming water. Add essential oils known for opening up the airways. Peppermint. Eucalyptus. Lemon. Or try a blend of oils like doTerra’s Breathe. Place your face at a safe distance away from the water and cover your head with a towel. Breathe deeply for 10-15 mins, then take a break. Repeat as needed to empty out the sinus cavities.
shower melts

Have you ever heard of a shower melt? Basically you make little tablets to throw in the bottom of a hot shower that melt and release the aromas of scents that will help to open up the airways and release the sinus pressure. Follow my Shower Melt recipe from here. I like using doTerra Eucalyptus oil.

respiratory salve

Do you remember being rubbed down with Vicks as a kid? Two dots under your nose and all over your chest? Well, this is my favorite thing to do for my kids. But I make my own chest rub. Use a glass dish and regular coconut oil. Heat it up in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Add in Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Lemon oil. Let it cool and harden. And now you have your own all natural chest rub. Apply to the chest as soon as there is a runny nose. Because that is where the drainage will go next.


And last but not least, utilize diffusing. I call this the “set it and forget it” treatment method. This is by far the quickest and easiest way to get relief from your cough and sinus pressure. Especially at night. We’ve all experienced a sleepless night because of a cough or drainage. Setting up a diffuser on your nightstand with airway opening essential oils like Eucalyptus, Lemon, or Peppermint will allow you to receive the benefits while support good rest. Good sleep is a vital piece of getting well.

Where do I find good oils to make these recipes?

I am so glad you asked this important question. I have found a brand I trust and use on myself and my family. To buy Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon, or all three together, just click on the links provided.

I’m always happy to answer additional questions. Contact me here.