Aromatherapy and Breathing

Essential oils are by nature volatile and aromatic. Their compounds find their way into our bodies through our olfactory system which means they love to be inhaled! The aromas of many essential oils are like a breath of fresh air. It's only natural that many of them help us breathe deeply and stay healthy. 

It is, after all, “aroma” therapy, making the aromatic method of application for this modality a fundamental one! Inhaling from the bottle, cupping in your hands, cold air diffusion, steam blends, aromatherapy inhalers, diffuser jewelry are some of the ways we can experience the feeling of deeper breathing using only a few drops of essential oils. Here are some ways I employ them to enjoy an invigorating respiratory experience when I need it.


Massaging the throat and chest with essential oils feels so good. Cedarwood and Frankincense are often used as a chest rub. CypressPeppermintEucalyptus, and Helichrysum are also popular choices to use during a soothing massage.

CypressPeppermintEucalyptus, and Helichrysum are also popular choices to use during a soothing massage.

Chest Massage:

Try massaging a chest rub made of diluted CedarwoodPeppermintFrankincense
Cypress, and Helichrysum for sensations of cooling. Plus, just breathing in your favorite aromas is always invigorating and enjoyable.

Throat Massage:

Rub a diluted mixture of LemonPeppermint and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) onto the throat. Start at the base of the ears and continue with downward strokes along the sides of the neck. Rub from the underside of the chin down both sides of the trachea.

Sinus Massage:

Gently massage near the nostrils with a local application of diluted Cedarwood essential oil. Cedarwood is often used in aromatherapy because it is rich in sesquiterpenols. Make sure to avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes.

Combine a few drops of Lavender oil or Peppermint oil or Eucalyptus with a carrier oil and rub the mixture onto the nose, massaging near the nostrils.

Before bed, use Lavender and Peppermint oils to massage the outside of your sinuses. Lavender is a go-to in aromatherapy because of its soothing and calming action. As with all essential oils, be careful to keep them away from the eyes, mouth and the inside of the nose.
Another method I use a lot is the Vitaflex massage for sinuses. Maddie Ohman shares a clear instructional here: Vitaflex for Sinuses


Deep breaths in, deep breaths out!

Have you ever noticed that your sinuses seem to clear when you take a hot shower or do steam inhalation? The steam helps moisturize and soothe your nasal passages.

Shower Steamers:

Try my shower steamer recipe and level up your shower experience. Customize your shower experience by activating these blank steamers with five drops of your favorite essential oils! Recipe below:

1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
Witch Hazel in a spray bottle

Combine baking soda and citric acid in a glass or stainless steel bowl. Using a spray bottle, add the witch hazel slowly and mix with your hands immediately to arrest any fizzing action of the citric acid. Keep doing this until you get the consistency of wet sand.

Once you have the consistency right, pack the mixture in a silicone mold and allow it to harden overnight. Here's my video demonstrating how make a Shower Steamer.
You can pop these steamers out the next day and enjoy a spa-like shower experience. Simply place one shower steamer onto the shower floor or shelf where it gets wet but does not obstruct the main water stream. Breathe in the fragrant steam for a spa-like experience before you start your day. 

Unfortunately, staying in the shower forever isn’t an option (our lives are too busy, plus think about the water conservation!), but not to worry! You can also try these easy steam bowl alternatives: 

Steam Inhalation:

Combine 3–12 drops of LemonLavenderMarjoram and Lime oil in a bowl of steaming warm or hot water. Deeply inhale the steam. Remember to take a break if you are overheating!
You could also try these two simple recipe with two of my most reliable breathing oils!  These are things we do regularly to stay healthy.


Direct Inhalation:

If steaming water is not readily available to you, here’s an even easier method to try. Apply 1–6 drops of LimeLemonRosemary, or Peppermint essential oil to a tissue or handkerchief or a blank aromatherapy inhaler and inhale occasionally up to three times daily.

Inhalers are handy and convenient. It's one of my favorites for applications that work well by inhalation such as emotional energizers or de-stressors. Here's an easy-to-follow step by step for those who've never activated their own: DIY Aromatherapy Inhalers 

Calming Baths

There’s no doubt about it: anything that comforts and soothes is an absolute blessing. The good news is that a warm essential oil bath can feel utterly blissful. Adding the following essential oils to bathwater will add a unique aroma while you inhale the warm steam from the bath.

Oil-Infused Bubble Bath:

Combine 2–8 drops total of any of the following essential oils with an equal amount of liquid soap or shampoo: 

Tea Tree

Add the mixture to a warm bath and gently blend it into the water with your hands. Soak in the bath for 10 minutes and enjoy!

I hope this post helps those who need it! Take advantage of these wonderful aromas and the chemical compounds that were meant to be inhaled and help us breathe deeply!

Take care!

Some excerpts are from The Lavender Life Blog 

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