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Asthma No Longer Controls My Life


Author: Gale S.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 06-22-2008
Views: 4,872
Word Count: 349
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 2949-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I am 46 years old and have been an asthmatic all my life. I have been on ventolin 250mg (reliever) and seretide 250mg (cortisone preventative) for years. Last year on a getaway break on an island, I forgot to pack my medications, which I always normally carry with me everywhere. There was no suitable medication on the island, and I became quite concerned. I could smell that the accommodation was enough to cause me to have an asthma attack, and also felt my breathing was becoming more difficult.

I had only been using the essential oils for a couple of months, and decided to try them to see if they could help me through the weekend. I applied Lavender oil all over my chest regularly over the weekend, and also went for some 'light' exercise to get some fresh air and ended running to the top of a hill for approx. 1km, unheard of without my medication.

Since then I have used several different oils in conjunction with my medication, gradually reducing my medication over six months. Now the medications lie in my drawer and the reliever has been used only twice in the last six months!!!

The essential oils I feel have been most effective are Melrose, Raven, and Lavender and these I applied liberally over my chest and/or feet. I also use Thieves, Purification, Peppermint, Lemon and Eucalyptus radiate, only because these are the oils I have in my kit. I also diffuse Purification several times a week, sometimes Thieves or Lavender. I apply the oils morning and night every day.

Lavender has always been really good to relieve my distress during an attack, and as all asthmatics know, asthma is a very distressing condition. I use the Essential Oil Desk Reference as my guide, and there are other oils that I am yet to obtain to try.

I never thought that I could live without my medication, and am amazed that I no longer rely on them except on rare occasions.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing,respiratory-system — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: breathing,respiratory-system — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: respiratory-system — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
4.Associated topics: respiratory-system — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
5.Associated topics: seasonal-allergies — "The lemon-based nasal spray [containing Lemon, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, and Ravintsara] was a good alternative to conventional medicine for the treatment of perennial [pet dander, dust mites] and seasonal allergic and vasomotor rhinopathy."Link
6.Associated topics: seasonal-allergies — "Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."Link
7.Associated topics: breathing,respiratory-system — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link
8.Associated topics: seasonal-allergies — "[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link

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