Essential Oils for Easy Breathing
Did you know most people only use one third of their lung capacity while breathing throughout the day?
Consequences of Poor/Shallow Breathing
- lack of oxygen to the brain
- lethargy, fatigue, or insomnia
- anxiety + release of stress hormones
How to Deep Breathe Effectively
Ideally, we breathe slowly and deeply from the bottom of our lungs, causing our belly to go in and out. However, when you experience anxiety, your body automatically starts breathing quickly and shallowly rom your upper lungs, causing your chest to go in and out. Just as anxiety causes shallow breathing, shallow breathing causes anxiety. By the same logic, deep breathing promotes relaxation. Thus, it's very important to mindfully take full, deep breaths from the bottom of your lungs.
Benefits of Deep Breathing
- releases endorphins (natural painkiller)
- stimulates lymphatic system (increases energy levels)
- eases anxiety
We've gathered a few essential oils that you try the next time you want to focus on deep breathing! Please note: this does not constitute medical advice or replace any medication, and you should follow the instructions from your doctor if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions!
Cypress Essential Oil
The cypress tree is an evergreen long appreciated for its medicinal benefits. Cypress essential oil increases efficiency of lungs and clears phlegm and congestion when inhaled.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is one of our all-time favourite oils for aiding easy breathing. It's a great natural cough suppressant and decongestant. Check out our natural DIY vapour rub here!
Peppermint Essential Oil
Many people credit peppermint essential oil as being a great antihistamine.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood also eases coughing and congestion when diluted and rubbed on the neck and chest.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of the most beloved essential oils for anxiety sufferers thanks to its calming effects. Lavender also helps reduce airway inflammation, making it an excellent choice for easy breathing.
Do your best breathing to live your best life! Did any of these essential oils work for you? Let us know. :)
DISCLAIMER: Make sure you are using the safest essential oils available to you. We use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. All information mentioned in this blog post has not been evaluated by Health Canada or the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.