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Aromatherapy Oils Treat Asthma, Eczema, Hay Fever

Aug 24, 2010

Kate Le Page

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Aromatherapy uses essential oils such as lavender and bergamot to help asthma sufferers, chamomile to treat eczema and melissa to ease hay fever symptoms.

While the current usage of aromatherapy has only been around for the last few hundred years, the practice of treating health problems with essential oils dates back to Biblical times, where myrrh was offered to Jesus. Condition such as asthma, eczema and hay fever are recognised to be on the rise, making it well worth considering how essential oils may help (in addition to mainstream approaches) to alleviate related symptoms.

Aromatherapy Oils Treat Asthma

Asthma is believed to be on the rise, in part as a result of the current obesity epidemic, which is having a drastic impact upon the health of many children and adults. While inhalers and steroids have their place, additional relief may be gained from using aromatherapy to treat asthma symptoms. In The Aromatherapy Bible, Farrer-Halls (2005) highlights how asthma sufferers may benefit from aromatherapy:

massage upper back/chest with lavender to lessen severity of asthma attacks

aromatherapy massage with bergamot/chamomile lowers frequency of asthma attacks

sniff lavender/frankincense/begamot/chamomile during asthma attack

In addition to the above oils, Harding (2008) in The Essential Oils Handbook recommends the following essential oils to treat asthma:

Himalayan cedarwood

myrrh

black spruce

benzoid resinoid

Essential Oils Treat Eczema

Another common complaint is eczema, which can cause really debilitating symptoms, making both children and adults feel considerable discomfort. When stress, high anxiety and nervous tension is triggering eczema symptoms, Farrer-Halls (2005) recommends aromatherapy treatment to include the following:

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aromatherapy massage – helps relive stress, reduces tension, lowers anxiety

aromatic baths – Roman/German chamomile, evening primrose oil, geranium, lavender, melissa

drink chamomile tea, use chilled teabags as cold compress on affected skin

aromatherapy body lotion – German chamomile/melissa

Further treatments using essential oils to relieve eczema symptoms, as identified by Harding (2008), may include as follows:

elemi – strengthen, restores and rejuvenates dry skin

Aloe vera – heals dry/itchy/sore skin

jojoba – improve eczema-damaged skin, softens dry/dehydrated/sensitive skin

patchouli – heals eczema-damaged skin, hydrates dry skin

Aromatherapy for Hay Fever Relief

Hay fever may not sound like much, but as anyone who has suffered with this condition will know, its symptoms can leave you feeling really dreadful. Particularly nasty hay fever may even result in severe swelling, making it difficult to see properly. Thankfully, there are many over-the-counter hay fever remedies and aromatherapy oils which may help relieve symptoms.

Essential oils used to help those suffering from hay fever, as identified by Farrer-Halls (2005), include the following:

Roman chamomile/melissa – put few drops on tissue, sniff frequently

lavender/eucalyptus – with steam inhalator

ice-cold rosewater – cold compress for eyes/nose

chamomile/lemon balm herbal tea – soothes hay fever symptoms

As highlighted above, aromatherapy may be used to help relieve symptoms associated with asthma, eczema and hay fever. Massage with lavender and bergamot oils treat asthma, while aloe vera, evening primrose oil and chamomile help eczema sufferers. Key essential oils used to treat hay fever, include lavender, eucalyptus and melissa.

Sources:

Farrer-Halls, G. (2005) The Aromatherapy Bible London: Godsfield Press

Harding, J. (2008) The Essential Oils Handbook London: Duncan Baird

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

Copyright Kate Le Page. Contact the author to obtain permission for republication.

Kate Henning, JS

Kate Le Page – Kate Henning-Le Page writes about eating disorders, body image and recovery issues. She specializes in anorexia recovery.

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