I have been
consulting with clients and giving
Herbal and Aromatherapy consultations with individuals since
1972. These are personal notes on my consultations – never before
published. In the January/February 2007 issue of The Essential
Herbal we covered a treatment for Tonsillitis/Sore Throat. This
will cover a treatment for asthma or chronic bronchitis. I have also
Aromatherapy Education Seminars in person and via home study,
Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies, since 1980. In the course of
this teaching, I have covered treatments for Asthma and chronic
bronchitis as I have had these problems since 1985. These are the
best remedies that have helped me and I hope that they will help you
INTRODUCTION: “In most cases, acute bronchitis stems from a
cold, the flu or a sore throat, where the infection spreads into the
lungs. Bronchitis is seen more often in the winter months than at
other times of the year. Symptoms usually begin 3 to 4 days after
an upper respiratory tract infection and can include a sore throat,
runny nose, chills, fever and back or muscle pain. Breathing through
congested airways can also produce a wheezing sound. Pain below or
at the sternum or breastbone may be experienced as well. Bronchitis
can also result from inhaling the fumes from acids, solvents,
cigarettes or other environmental toxins. This can irritate the
mucus membranes of the bronchial tubes and cause inflammation. It
can also be brought on by food allergies as well as environmental
allergies to substances such as mold, pollen or dust.”— (1)
BRONCHIAL TUBE CLEANSER: Inhale over steam or in an inhalator, 1
drop at a time of the following essential oils taken sequentially
and inhaled until the scent is gone before proceeding with the next
oil. Black Spruce is an adrenal stimulus, Eucalyptus radiata
helps to liquefy and remove mucus (mucolytic), then use Pine
(any type) such as Pinus pumilio, follow with Rosemary (R.
pyramidalis) for the health of the sinus, then Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga
douglasii) to purify the respiratory tree and finally
Ravensara aromatica for a refreshing, healing cleansing.
Inhale essential oils over steam once or twice per day. [These
perfect oils can be purchased in
Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy Colds & Flu Kit. See Sources at the end
of the article]
AND AROMATHERAPY BATHS: A series of the Moor baths taken once
every 5 days is a good addition. Herbal baths that contain salts or
salts with herbs such as conifer needles, Thyme, Rosemary and even
Rose and Violet flowers are purifiers. These baths should be taken
in the evening just before bed. They should contain at least 1 oz (1
cup) of herbs that have been simmered and steeped 20 minutes in a
quart of water – per bath. The liquid infusion is poured in the bath
and the herbs can be wrapped in a washcloth and used as a compress
on the chest. Take a warm shower in the warming and then rinse off
with the appropriate hydrosol such as Thyme or Rosemary. [See
The Herbal Body Book by Jeanne Rose for more ideas.]
When you get a massage, use the essential oils that are in the Colds
& Flu Kit. Of particular use are Pine or Fir and the Rosemary
pyramidalis. These will help ease breathing as well as ease
tightness in the chest. Add about 10-12 drops of essential oil to
one ounce of oil. Label and date the container, as you will have
enough for two massage treatments.
MASSAGE STYLE: Swedish Massage is a good choice when you have
tightness in the chest with coughing and wheezing. Massage
therapists will use long smooth strokes with kneading and circular
movements on the superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion
or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If
you've never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.
a diet high in fatty acids such as those found in fish, or
supplementing with Omega 3 oil has been shown to reduce both the
number and duration of reoccurrences of bronchitis. Other
recommendations include eliminating dairy products. Eat lightly of
good quality proteins and green leafy vegetables such as Dandelion
greens or Chard. Eat Oatmeal and a half-cup of Walnuts for
breakfast. Have a hot soup during the midday to keep the mucus
herbal supplements and teas such as Ginkgo, Fenugreek, soothing
herbs such as Marshmallow root, herbs that contain vitamin C such as
conifer needles, and astringent, antibacterial herbs such as Thyme
are the ones to use.
The two main oils
for asthma are Ammi visnaga and Tanacetum annuum (Blue
Tansy). These need to be taken by mouth in a capsule. They are not
to be used in massage or by inhalation, as it is an expensive waste
of rare essential oils. The Ammi visnaga is used to mask the
function of the mast cells and have other uses. [See p.42 375
Essential Oils and Hydrosols]. Blue Tansy [see p. 52 of the
same book] may supply a theophylline like substance (broncho-dilator)
and both these oils act like an antihistamine.
For Wheezing - 9/13/99 — Mix together 30 drops each of
Angelica root, Green Myrtle, Green Lemon, Ammi visnaga and
Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) in a synergy. Then add 1 oz
95% alcohol, mix, and then add 1 oz water. Take 10 drops 4 X/day
during the crisis. Or simply take the essential oil mixture and add
3 drops to an herbal capsule and take 3 capsules 3X/day for no more
than 3 days.
Wheezing/Allergy- 1997 - Mix together 20 drops each of Red
Mandarin and Rosemary verbenone and 10 drops each of Tarragon,
Ammi visnaga, Thyme borneol and Hyssopus decumbens in a
synergy. Use 3 drops per Ginkgo biloba capsule 3 times per
day but not more than 3 days.
Bronchitis and Chronic Respiratory Insufficiency -
Mix the following essential oils:
Blue Tansy (Tanacetum
Red Mandarin 15%
Cypress CT Pinene
Thyme CT thymol 10%
Savory CT carvacrol 15%
Be calm; be happy to allow your body time to heal.
POT: Finally, do not forget cleansing daily with the Neti pot
using an aromatic salt. Sea salt with Thyme and Tea tree essential
oils added is very helpful. A good formula is 2 ounces by quantity
of sea salt. Grind or with a mortar and pestle, mash 6 drops of
essential oil into 1 teaspoon of the salt. Then mix this with the
balance of the salt. Store in an airtight glass jar. Use 1/4 t.
salt to 8 oz warm water. [The
Herb Bar in Austin, Texas makes a very good sinus formula if
you do not want to make it yourself.
Asthma Drug Dangers
medical studies published 2007 in the British medical journal Lancet
reported that high doses of the most widely used drug for asthma,
known as bronchodilators, trigger serious adverse reactions in
patients and may be a cause of rising deaths worldwide from the
Zealand study found that only 30% of asthma patients improved when
treated with regular doses of the inhaled bronchodilator fenoterol.
Seventy percent improved when treated with the drug only at the time
of an asthma attack.
second study, conducted in England, found that doses of fenoterol
caused more adverse cardiac effects than two other bronchodilators,
salbutamol and terbutaline. Researchers attributed the difference
to fenoterol’s higher strength…. ——Asthma Drug Dangers Compiled from
Examiner news services, date unknown.
Jeanne Rose, 219
Carl St., San Francisco, CA 94117, PH 415-564-6785
Formulas: are not
listed on the website but are available by calling or writing to the
above address and requesting the formula. Each is $50 per 1/4oz and
this includes the S&H cost.
Colds & Flu Kit – available
The Herbal Studies Course, part II, Chapter 14. Anyone who
chooses to enroll in this extensive course after reading this
article will receive 10% off the price of the full course.
Just call and mention seeing this article.
(1) By Dr. R Louise,
Ph.D. / Naturopathic Physician
Consultation Notes beginning in 1970
Rose, Jeanne, 375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols.
The Herbal Studies Course, 2006, part II, Chapter 14
Herbs & Things (general reference work)
Jeanne Rose has also authored over 20 books including the
375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols, a complete reference book of
plant extracts and hydrosols with phyto-chemical, clinical and
botanical indices. Recently, she has produced a workbook on
Blending Essential Oils and another transformative book on
Natural Perfumery. Jeanne has a unique and mindful approach
as she reaches out into the hearts of thousands of readers through
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to teaching through books and her three home-study courses, Jeanne
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Spring of each year to teach weekend Seminars on various aspects of
aromatherapy and herbalism.
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