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Fire and Smoke Exacerbate and Cause Breathing Problems!! Can Essential Oils Help?

Hello,
I have been staying in California this summer visiting family and friends! I love my home state however this year the fires and smoke have kept the Golden State under siege with damaged lands, homes and health!

My students in my aromatherapy certification program have clients who cannot get out of their homes due to existing breathing problems and others who don’t normally have breathing problems are starting to suffer because they have get out to do their daily work . The population most at risk are children, older adults, and those with asthma, COPD and bronchitis or chronic heart disease and diabetes. You can see the ash on homes, cars and anything sitting outside. So what is this doing to our bronchioles and lungs?

Here is what the lung association says, “One of the many pollutants found in wildfire smoke is particle pollution, which is a mix of very tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in air. How tiny? Many of the particles in wildfire smoke are no larger than one third the diameter of your hair. These particles are so small that they enter and lodge deep in the lungs.

Particle pollution triggers asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes—and can kill. Studies of children in California found that children who breathed the smoky air during wildfires had more coughing, wheezing, bronchitis, colds, and were more likely to have to go to the doctor or to the hospital for respiratory causes, especially from asthma.

Another threat from forest fire smoke is carbon monoxide(CO)—a colorless, odorless gas most common during the smoldering stages of a fire and in close proximity to the fire. Inhaling CO reduces oxygen delivery to the body’s organs and tissues and can lead to headaches, nausea, dizziness and, in high concentrations, premature death.Wildfires spread many other harmful emissions, including nitrogen oxides and many hazardous air pollutants.”1

What can we do with Essential Oils to help us feel better when going through this disaster?

I decided to do a video to Learn How to Use Essential Oils to Help with “Breathing Problems!”

https://youtu.be/mfc5T85hv6c

4 drops Ravintsara essential oil

6 drops Rosemary 1.8 cineole essential oil

4 drops Peppermint essential oil

4 drops Geranium essential oil

6 drops Lemon essential oil

1oz. carrier oil such as Sunflower, Almond or Apricot

In an amber bottle, place essential oils and carrier oil. Roll between your hands thoroughly. Apply to sinus areas, chest and upper back and corresponding reflex points on your hands and feet.

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy and children under 2 years of age or if suffering from epilepsy.

Please go to the lung organization below to follow precautions to take when in disaster such as fire.

References:

1 lung.org/…/01/how-wildfires-affect-health

http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/outdoor/emergencies-and-natural-disasters/wildfires.html