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Aromatherapy is a natural therapy that uses essential oils to treat various problems in the body. Since all oils can be inhaled, this therapy is excellent for treating respiratory problems.
Although they are natural, essential oils should always be used under the supervision of an aromatherapist or other he alth professional, as in some cases, especially in children or people with greater sensitivity, symptoms may worsen.
To fight coughing, some of the most scientifically proven essential oils include:
- Tea tree, Melaleuca or Tea tree;
This therapy can be used to complement medical treatment because, in addition to treating cough and calming the upper respiratory tract, it also has an antiseptic effect, preventing the development of viruses and bacteria in the lungs, which can evolve for pneumonia, for example.
How to use cough oils
To take advantage of the medicinal properties present in each plant, the following strategies can be adopted:
1. Inhale the bottle of oil
Doing inhalations directly from the essential oil bottle is the most complete way to treat the body, because in addition to the oil particles coming into direct contact with the lung mucosa, they can also quickly reach the brain, taking the body to rebalance.
To make inhalations correctly, one should take a deep breath with the nose close to the mouth of the bottle, hold the air for 2 or 3 seconds and then let the air out through the mouth. At first, you should do 3 to 5 inhalations, 10 times a day, 1 then increase to 10 inhalations, 10 times a day. Before going to bed, you can also do 10 minutes of inhalation, especially if coughing is interrupting your sleep.
2. Putting drops on the pillow
Just add 1 or 2 drops of the essential oil you want to use directly on a pillow, or in a small scent bag that can be placed under the pillow to enjoy its scent while you sleep.
3. Use an essence diffuser
Another way is to use an essence diffuser so that the aroma spreads through the air. Just add 1 or 2 drops directly to the equipment, which can be a good strategy to use both during the day and at night.
4. Use a basin with hot water
Another way is to use a container of boiling water and add the essential oils, which will evaporate with the hot water, aromatize the room and penetrate the coughing person's lungs through breathing.
5. Chest massage with oils
Mix 2 drops of the essential oil you intend to use in 1 tablespoon of a vegetable oil such as sesame or coconut oil. The chest massage helps to decongest the nose, being great to apply after bathing and before going to sleep.
To complete this natural treatment, try drinking ginger tea with cinnamon, for example. See more recipes like these here.