What is a ‘Respiratory Blend’ ?
Essential oils can be used on their own, but often you get an enhanced benefit by blending several oils for a particular purpose. For breathing difficulties, you might want oils that are specific to help you with that. But, you may not have all of those oils on hand. Enter … a “respiratory blend” of oils that is all ready to go in one bottle.
Using a Respiratory Blend of Essential Oils
- Clear those sinuses: Reach for a Respiratory blend to help you when you are stuffed up from a cold. Diffuse a few drops into the air at bedtime (or anytime you need to clear those sinuses). Additionally, rub some of this blend on your chest, and bottoms of your feet to get a jump start on entering your blood stream. Even rub a little on your upper lip to improve your breathing.
- Stale air in the office: Most newer office buildings use recycled air. So, you are getting the same air over and over and if someone came to work with a cold — guess what? You are getting those germs recycled. Diffuse a respiratory blend of essential oils in your office or cubicle. Not only will you get invigorated with this new, freshness, but you are boosting your immune system as well to fight off any of those germs.
- Airplane Woes: You are “trapped” in an airplane for several hours so you might as well improve things for yourself. Add a drop or two of a respiratory blend to one palm. With your other hand, make a sort of fist, but leaving a circular opening. Place this opening over the palm where you placed the oil and inhale into your lungs. Do this several times to get a great boost.
- Exam time: A respiratory blend of essential oils usually contains eucalyptus oil which has properties to stimulate the brain and wake up your mind. This is a great “pick-me-up” to keep up the attention while you study for those finals.
- Quick and easy spa for the nose: Fill a large bowl with hot (not boiling) water and add 2 or 3 drops of a respiratory blend. If you have wintergreen and/or eucalyptus oils on hand, add a drop or two of those also for good measure. Drape a towel over your head making a “tent” and lean over the bowl — (see the image above). Inhale deeply for a few minutes and see how much better your feel.
- Your friend has a pet: A visitor to a home where a pet resides can often detect a distinct pet smell that the home owner no longer senses. Rub some respiratory blend essential oils onto your chest and upper lip before you enter the home. The pet odor will be minimal or even undetectable to you as a result. This also helps if you have allergies to pets as well.
- Your child refuses the oils: Let’s face it. A child who is sick is not in the best of moods. And … sometimes they resist the use of the oils. So, as an alternative, place a couple of drops of a respiratory blend of oils on the pillow so that the child will inhale while he or she sleeps and thereby gets the much needed rest.
- Freshen up that teen’s bedroom: Diffusing a respiratory blend in your teen’s room (you might have to do this when they are not at home, but that is a “Mom trick”) will clean the air of the scent of smelly gym clothes and other unsavoury odours. As an added bonus your teen’s concentration might just improve as well.
- No diffuser? No problem: Add a couple of drops of a respiratory blend to one palm. Rub both your palms together and then cup your hands over your nose. Breathe in deeply several times. This will clear your airways and improve your concentration.
- Long car ride: Add a couple of drops of a respiratory blend to a cotton ball. Hang the cotton ball near the air vent (or possibly right into the vent). Everyone in the vehicle will benefit from the freshened air during the trip and feel uplifted at the same time.