Treating asthma with Aromatherapy

Treating asthma with Aromatherapy
17/02/2015 Margarida Moreira

Aromatherapy is a complementary natural medicine, based on the use of aromatic and medicinal plants. In aromatherapy are used several virtues of plants (extractions) as the aromas, the essence and the active principles (compounds with medicinal effects).

The medicinal effect of aromatherapy is related to the application technique and the medicinal properties of essential oil applied, which can be recommended for internal, external, use in complex or lotion.

Aromatherapy prevents and cures many diseases, including respiratory problems. Asthma is characterized by being a chronic inflammatory airway disease in which bronchi are inflamed and more sensitive than in a healthy person, preventing inhalation and renewing the air. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 235 million asthmatics worldwide, such an estimate requires a great attention from various Medicines.

Aromatherapy is one of the complementary medicines recommended to prevent and treat disease, with promising results – although there are many essential oils that are not suitable for asthmatics. Essential oils are not powerful enough to cure asthma alone, therefore is recommended the use of medicinal plants, massage and perfumed baths.

It is recommended to use a preparation of essential oils that should be rubbed on the chest. The most appropriate formula must contain decongestant and antihistamine properties, such as the oils of peppermint (Mentha × piperita) and ginger (Zingiber officinale). The German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) prevents the release of histamine (biogenic amine vasodilator biochemical processes involved in immune responses). The German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa spp.) and marjoram (Origanum majorana) prevent and reduce bronchial spasms. The rose and marjoram essential oils stimulate the expansion of the lungs, making breathing easier.

Another manner of administration of essential oils is steam through inhalation (aromatherapy diffuser or humidifier), because it induces the opening of airways. The steam of lavender is often recommended for asthma, especially when they are having an asthmatic attack (suspend or just stops the attack at the beginning or early, become the least severe attack) and to relieve the lung spasms. Another advantage of the essential oil of lavender is used to relax the mind, dispelling the panic and grief one feels at the time of the attack.

Children and babies suffering from respiratory problems can bath with hot water with the addition of several drops of lavender essential oil.

Treating asthma with aromatherapy is the best ways to deal with the disease.

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