Breathing ranks pretty high up there in the list of things needed to be alive, right? Yet it seems that there are many things that can get in the way of us breathing well (at my house, that includes things like a three year old laying across my face, but that’s another story). Anyway, I’m going to share some of the things we like to do around our house to help us all breathe easier.
Diffusing essential oils
This is a biggie! It may seem like breathing in the aroma of essential oils isn’t very helpful if you are not able to actually smell them, but diffusing seems to help us the most! There are blends that are formulated specifically to help us breathe easier, and some singles I put together that work well for us. Two of the pre-made blends that are great for people who like to breathe are RC and Raven. I like to alternate these in the diffuser; when the diffuser shuts off automatically because it ran out of water, I fill it back up and put 5-8 drops of the other one in it and turn it on again.
This blend is one of my favorites, both for its benefits and because it smells like lemon cookies to me 🙂
4 drops lemon
4 drops eucalyptus globulus
3 drops pine
We also diffuse this blend:
4-5 drops lavender
4-5 drops lemon
3 drops peppermint
The two blends I mentioned above, RC and Raven, can both be applied topically, as well as diffused. I like to alternate them on the chest and back when we use them; RC on the chest and Raven on the back, then for the next application, Raven on the chest and RC on the back. I don’t generally dilute them when I do this, but you certainly could. Another great blend to apply to the chest and/or back is Breathe Again. It comes in a bottle with a convenient roller-ball already attached, which makes it super easy to use. SniffleEase is a rejuvenating and refreshing blend formulated just for kids. It is pre-diluted, so you don’t even have to worry about adding a carrier oil when using it on children. For my kids, I like to apply oils to the bottoms of their feet and then cover them with socks. You can do that with SniffleEase or you can apply it to the chest or back.
A final option is to make capsules with essential oils in them. When we do that, this is what we put in a gelatin capsule:
3-4 drops Lavender Vitality
3-4 drops Lemon Vitality
2-3 drops Peppermint Vitality
Fill the rest of the capsule with carrier oil (we use olive oil but it could be coconut oil or V-6 oil). If you’re new to essential oils, I would start with less of the essential oils in each capsule and more of the carrier oil.
I hope this gives you some good ideas to help you breathe easier!