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For coughs and bronchitis: Soothing inhalations with essential oils
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In case of airway infections,inhalation with essential oil is easy to apply at home and relatively low-risk. This is an effective alternative to school medicine. By inhalation, the drugs can act directly on the spot without first taking the detour across the body. But how is that with inhalation now in practice? 

Here you can find answers to the most important questions.
With a total of 100 m˛, the respiratory tract is the largest surface of our body. Without it, we are in constant communication with the environment: our airways flow through an average of 12,000 liters of air per day. That we are also in contact with less desirable things such as germs or dust particles, can not be avoided unfortunately. Fortunately, our body has sophisticated defense mechanisms. For example, cells with fine hairs, which lead by lash-like movements for the removal in the direction of throat or special feeding cells, which absorb foreign substances in themselves. 

Everything Protection defiance are respiratory infections are not uncommon. The most vulnerable people are those whose respiratory pathways are already ill - for example, in chronic obstructive bronchitis (smokers' cough) or mucoviscidosis (a hereditary metabolic disease with lung involvement).

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are phytochemicals and for the characteristic smell of thyme , lavender responsible & Co.. For the plant they fulfill many functions, for example, they can attract insects for pollination, keep their enemies at a distance and counteract germination. For humans too, these oils, which have been removed by water vapor distillation of the plant, have positive effects.

Cramping: The effects of essential oils

Scheimlösend and anticonvulsant effect anise , Atlas Cedar, eucalyptus , fennel and many others. Counter cough helps lavender, myrrh or thyme. Melissa , thyme and cinnamon for example, act against germs that typically occur in respiratory tract infections.

How the inhalation works

In principle there are in inhalation for the As two ways: One is more classical means of steam. To this is added 3 to 6 drops of essential oils in 1 to 2 liters of hot salt water in a bowl and inhaled the steam with a towel over the head for 5 to 15 minutes, then rest for a while. The second option is inhalers, which automatically nebulize the essential oils with saline solution. If the procedure is well tolerated, it is not advisable to inhale daily.

What is to be observed in children and the elderly?

Camphor - or mentholated oils should be avoided in infants and young children in any case: this may trigger a reactive spasm of respiratory muscles, which may lead to respiratory arrest. For people between 10 and 16 years and over 70 years the dose is halved, quartered between 5 and 10 years.

What are the risks or dangers?

At low concentrations, essential oils do not show any side effects. In case of overdose, however, can headache , drowsiness and dizziness may result. Pinus oil appears to stimulate the kidneys in high doses and thymol is lethally damaging - so you should stick to pre-defined dosage regimens and better follow the rule "less is more". In the case of asthma or a severe hypersensitivity of the respiratory tract, it is better to dispense completely with the inhalation.


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