Asthma is a complex bronchial disorder with a wide
variety of root causes. Simply described an asthma
attack occurs as the air passageways become inflamed and
muscles may contract both of which limit the air being
taken into the lungs. As the body tries to
compensate for this loss wheezing, coughing, excess
mucus or other signs of shortness of breath occur.
Symptoms can also be complicated by previous medications
used to treat the problem.
Asthma varies in severity. Most suffering will
have attacks of shortness of breath interspersed with
longer periods of normal breathing. Some will have
more severe attacks and others suffer milder shortness of
breath continuously. With more severe attacks
immediate medical attention should be sought.
There are a number of types of asthma and sometimes it
appears to run in families. The various types
include: Allergic Asthma, Exercise-Induced Asthma,
Cough-Variant Asthma, Work-Related Asthma, and Nocturnal
Allergic asthma attacks (or even other forms) may be triggered
by common allergens or everyday situations. Some
of the most common are:
Animals (pet hair or dander)
Changes in weather (most often cold weather)
Chemicals in the air or in food
Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
Inhalers or other techniques to quickly open air
passageways are helpful to some but in other cases tend
to exacerbate the problem. Therefore using them
should be carefully tested to be assured they provide
positive results. Most experts in essential oils
advise a slow and metered approach to using oils with
attention to what the root cause and triggers for
attacks might be.
Special Precautions: With potential life
threatening diseases, it is always recommended to progress
with treatment under the care of a licensed medical
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
BreatheC, CypressEC, EucalyptusEC, FrankincenseEC, LavenderEC, LemonEC,
Essential oils based
products: Life Long Vitality supplements
HelichrysumC, Lime, MarjoramEC, On Guard,
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Asthma varies so much depending on the root cause, age,
previous medical intervention, and severity it is difficult
to give a "one protocol fits all" summary so we have
included below a summary of individual positive experiences
With asthma, normally do not use cup
and inhale or diffusion in hopes of immediately easing the
symptoms. Rather use topical or massage applications,
starting with gentle aromatic oils like Lavender, then
progress to oils with more expectorant properties like
Eucalyptus. Finally use Rosemary or relaxing oils for
Diet, especially if allergies are suspected, is very
important. Most recommend avoiding sugars and dairy
Provide a solid foundation of nutrients
using supplements like the Life Long Vitality products is
To prevent attacks:
2-4 drops of Balance on the bottom of
each foot morning and night.
Layer Bergamot after the Balance
on the feet if there is
Take a capsule with 3-5 drops of Frankincense
in the morning (and evening if necessary).
To help during attacks:
2 - 4 drops of Breathe on the back and chest.
some it helps to augment the Breathe with Lime or to
layer other oils after the Breathe, specifically
Rosemary and Cilantro/Frankincense.
has been the best method some have found for applying the
oils with their asthma.
It is vitally important to find the root cause of asthma.
Study the root cause and the triggers that cause attacks to
best determine which oils to use and how to apply them.
If asthma is caused by allergies of some type consider the
methods suggested under allergies.
The most popular technique is 2-3 drops each of Lemon,
Lavender, and Peppermint in a shot of water, swish it for a
couple minutes in your mouth, and swallow.
Some with mild asthma have carried Breathe (in a bottle or a
vaporizer like Vicks comes in) with them to work or school
to help with exercise induced asthma.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Williamson - My 12
year old daughter has had severe asthma her whole life. She
has been in the hospital several times. The last couple of
years, her asthma has been under pretty good control because
her doctor put her on very strong medications (advair-500
dose, singulair, flovent). She has been taking these every
day for about 2 years. Before that, she was taking advair,
but not the other two. She does not like the side affects
that go along with these medications and we are trying to
wean her off of them and only use oils.
Has anyone done this before that can
give us good advice? She was able to get rid of her inhaler
pretty easily with just using Breathe. The other medications
are proving much harder. Your body gets addicted to the
steroid in advair from what I hear which makes it even
harder. We are currently using the following oils: Breathe,
Eucalyptus, and Frankincense. We've been rubbing them on her
chest. She is still really struggling most days. Is there
anything that can heal the damage that has been done to her
lungs? Please help us. She really is sick of being so
medicated all the time, but also has a great desire to be
able to breathe!
Ftballwidow – Be sure she is using the
Life Long Vitality supplements. Beyond this for me
Breathe also works because my asthma is exercise induced. My
kids are a different story. I highly recommend 2 things:
1) Read about
and have your daughter start it immediately. We are a
family of asthmatics and oil pulling is amazing for it.
We don't use any medications. My son is 7 and I
started him at 6 1/2. Could probably do it earlier if
you do some reverse psychology and tell them how wonderful
they are at doing the pulling. I tell everyone in front of
my son that he is the King of Oil Pulling! It works,
but you can't get some adults to even try it! I think it is
2) Also do you know what is the main
reason for her asthma? If it is allergies then you can use
the Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint. We use 2-3 drops
of each in a shot of water, swish it for a couple minutes,
and swallow. I know others just do it topically and
get major relief but with someone like her I would do it
internally for sure.
That is good that Breathe is giving her some relief but
Breathe does not touch my younger sons asthma. I
learned that GX Assist worked for him and I gave him a one
pill every few days and that worked. But then, that
led me to think that I needed to control his allergies so
then I moved to Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint with him and
that really helped. Last year at this time, he was
home with asthma symptoms many times and now this year not
one day missed.
Hopefully you will get some other ideas.
Experimenting is key. These are just things what worked for
me and it feels really good to help my kids. My son had
problems when I was out of town. I told my husband
what to do over the phone and it worked. I talked to
my son on the phone and I knew, just by hearing his voice,
that he was fine.
Williamson - She is
not on the Life Long Vitality supplements yet. We just
started using doTERRA products 2 months ago and It was
suggested by someone else to start her on the supplements a
week or so ago, but I wasn't sure why that helps. What
is it in the supplements that helps asthma?
Ftballwidow - The supplements are the
basis for overall health. It is hard to get someone
healthy that is unhealthy when they aren't building a
foundation. That is what supplements do. They work on
your cells and there are individual things in them that
actually help asthma and are antihistamines (would apply if
her asthma is allergy triggered). Also consider her
diet. Really work with her on things that we know are
a big no no but we do it anyway, like dairy, foods
with dyes, white sugar, etc. May be tough for a 13
year old. You never know kids are amazing when they are
educated and we give them some credit.
Here are some things that I found that the supplements
have that help with asthma. I researched each
ingredient so I could know some specific things that
directly affect asthma.
grape seed extract
marigold flower extract
Vitamin D - helps severity of asthma
I just wanted to pick out some specifics for you but in
general these supplements are anti-inflammatory. That
really helps with the inflamed lungs of asthmatics.
Pat - She needs to diffuse Breathe in a
diffuser to help her so she can inhale the oils. This is
going to take some time since there is probably a lot of
damage done. She needs to go off the medications very slowly
and only when she is comfortable with her breathing. You
might also consider two capsules a day with Frankincense and
Wild Orange in them. Be aggressive and consistent with
the oils. I would also highly recommend the
Ramona - About 18 months ago, when I was
introduced to these wonderful oils, my 4 year old son was on
prednisone (for every attack), an inhaler twice a day (flovent)
and albuterol as needed. We did go cold turkey off of
them, and I'm happy to say that we haven't had to use one of
the medications in all this time. However, he had only
recently had the daily steroids added, so I think that would
make a difference. Pat's suggestions are good ones,
but I wanted to share my story to give you hope.
As for past lung damage, I have another story to share.
My son who is now 11, when he was 3 had been through 14
bouts of pneumonia (every 6 weeks over 22 months) and they
finally found the cause to be a nodule on the outside of his
right lung, blocking one of the airways. It had caused
a 1/3 of his right lung to be collapsed for most of that 22
months. They told me he would never play sports, that
he would have severe asthma his whole life, etc. We
tried for 5 months, on their medications to treat it and
nothing was helping. Our next option was going to be
surgery where they were going to crack open his chest,
biopsy, and remove the lump. They were planning the
surgery for summer when he would be at the smallest risk of
more illness. This just didn't sound right to me, so
after many hours of prayer, I met a woman who introduced me
to Super Greens by Dr. Young in Alpine, Utah.
For whatever reason, I felt that this was my answer. I
gave him scoops of the super greens in his sippy cups of soy
milk, every day. I modified his diet to be mostly
vegetables and whole grains. I cold turkey stopped
giving him his medications.
At the end of one month, when we went in for our monthly
x-ray, not only could they no longer see the nodule, but his
lung was no longer collapsed and the "damage" that had shown
up just a month previous was fixed. They were
completely stumped and didn't have an answer when I
explained what I had done. However, even a follow up
cat-scan 6 months later showed that the nodule was
completely gone. He is active and runs and plays like
any boy his age. He hasn't had an asthma attack in
years and rarely even gets sick. My point in sharing
this is that I truly 100% believe that healing can come
through the natural, God given tools, we have. I don't
believe that most medications are designed to heal but
rather to treat. Follow your instincts, and it will
all be okay. It may take some time depending on how long it
has taken for the damage to occur.
Lisa - Here is some more info that might
help you. My daughter is 14, she has had
exercise induced asthma since she was 8 or 9. She is also
very active in sports, running, travel soccer, ice speed
skating. We tried using an inhaler and it never really
worked well and she had to scale back sports because there
were so many times she couldn't breathe. We were
totally frustrated because no matter what doctor we went to
see, nothing worked.
We have found that Balance on the bottom of her feet can
prevent the attacks. I don't know why. We also
use a capsule of Frankincense in the morning and Sandalwood
in the evening. If she gets stressed out we add
Bergamot to her feet. We use Breathe and Lime on her
back right before sports. However, the treatments that
are the most effective are the Balance, Frankincense and
Bergamot. Since we've done these 3, we don't have any
attacks. Sometimes she forgets to put the Breathe,
Lime, Bergamot and Balance on before a workout . In
this case the attacks are a huge order of magnitude less
than they ever were so from this I concluded that the
Frankincense and Sandalwood must be having a big effect.
I notice since adding these two oils, especially the
Frankincense, that her overall breathing is much better.
So I think the Frankincense is very important and I would
keep on doing that. It may take time, but eventually
the inflammation will be healed.
Diet also plays a big role here too. Sugars and
therefore white carbohydrates are major triggers for her, so
she doesn't eat sugar and eats minimal carbohydrates.
We also found a source of raw milk and use that.
I think the green food supplement is also a good idea.
Actually, I was going to try that next. I'd like to
get her off the Breathe and Lime so when she goes to sports
camps she can do all her oils herself and I'm thinking the
extra greens might help. I'm glad Ramona mentioned
that because that was just a gut feel on my part.
I hope this helps. You just need to experiment and go
with your gut feel.
CaroI - I just
spoke to someone that I gave a sample of Breathe to and she
informed me that it didn't work for her. Can someone
give me something else to give her. She has tried many
things for her Asthma and nothing seems to help her.
Teresa – Eucalyptus and Frankincense.
Plus avoid sugar and dairy products.
Carol - I called back the lady with
Asthma and she flatly told me she is NOT interested...she
works in a Health Food Store for goodness sakes...she wants
to own her sickness.
Brooke - I'm sorry she wasn't more open
to the opportunity to try something else. I have a
thought - but I wonder if she has gotten to the bottom of
what the cause of the asthma is. I know people who
know their kid is allergic to animals, and still have 3 cats
in their house! I know another person who, because
they were diagnosed with asthma like conditions as a child
were put on steroid type asthma medicines at a very early
age. This caused yeast problems, which increased the
asthma issues. I also know others who because of
'cleanliness' issues, or dietary issues have 'asthma'.
There are so many 'causes' - and until they decide to get to
the 'root' of the problem, there really isn't anything
anyone can do.
For future reference. I have used Breathe, Melaleuca,
Frankincense, Peppermint, Purify, Eucalyptus and even Lemon
(not all at the same time) throughout the last year and a
half on my son with amazing success. We are
still finding what some of his triggers are - but he hasn't
had to use his inhaler since the beginning of last school
year. He takes Breathe to school with him - and uses
it when his exercise induced asthma sneaks up on him. The
allergy induced ones we are still working on, but we are
still able to get them under control using the essential
oils. Frequency is the key – as well as prevention.
If we know he may be doing something strenuous - we put the
oil on him BEFORE he goes out! Hope that is helpful to
others in the future.
April - Are there
any suggestions of which oils to help with chronic asthma?
Thanks so much
Nicole - My son has asthma and he is
supposed to be on an inhaler twice a day. This year I
started using the blend Breathe. We apply it on his
chest, upper back and feet. I should do it once a day, but
sometimes I don't always remember. He is no longer on an
inhaler, we just use the oils.
I have found that I have been using the On Guard quite a
bit with it, just to make him really safe during the winter
season. I really didn't want him to catch any sickness,
because in the past we have been in and out of the hospital
and doctor’s office so often. By using those two blends, he
has been SO HEALTHY this winter season. We haven't visited
the ER or the doctor’s office once....which is HUGE for us.
It is really exciting to feel like we have more control of
his health by using doTerra's oils. It is great.
folks recommend for children
April's experience with asthma and oils.
April - My 9 year old gets asthma and
starts wheezing bad whenever he starts to get a cold. The
week before I joined doTERRA we had to give him 2 Albuterol
breathing treatments to kick it. After I joined doTERRA, he
started to get another cold. I put Breathe with Eucalyptus
on his back, chest, throat (with coconut oil) and on the
bottoms of his feet with socks. I had to apply once more to
his chest and back, but he stopped wheezing and fell asleep
and didn't wake up the whole night. That may not sound like
a big deal to many of you, but to us it was a VERY big deal.
Little miracles, you know?
Mindy - So my
daughter only gets asthma attacks when she gets a cold or is
around, like touching cats, especially kittens. Well these
attacks are far and few between but the last 2 or 3 Breathe
has not helped at all. I’m thinking Breathe isn't the oil
for her for her asthma. What are some other oils anyone has
had good experience with for asthma?
Brenda - Mindy, here are some blends I
have used in the past for respiratory issues, including
asthma. Sometimes just adding Lime to Breathe has helped
boost the effectiveness of it. I hope these recipes will
4 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
35 drops doTERRA CPTG Breathe
5 drops doTERRA CPTG Frankincense
6 drops doTERRA CPTG Melaleuca
12 drops doTERRA CPTG Patchouli
2 drops doTERRA CPTG Sandalwood
15 drops doTERRA CPTG Lime
May apply to chest or feet or take internally.
In 4 oz of virgin coconut oil add:
40 drops doTERRA CPTG Breathe
7 drops doTERRA CPTG Thyme
15 drops doTERRA CPTG Oregano
40 drops doTERRA CPTG Lime
This may be put in a jar and used as a chest rub, massage
between shoulder blades, put on bottoms of feet, etc. This
is a big enough batch that you can have several roll-ons and
still have some to put in a small jar.
For really stubborn respiratory cases with a stubborn
cough I have added a few drops of Patchouli and Sandalwood
to the blend and put in a capsule.
Ario - My son has the same asthma
reaction. When Breathe alone does not work I always layer
with Frankincense and Cilantro along with the Breathe on his
back and chest and up his neck. I keep massaging those
areas to calm him down until he can breath normal. Just
last night my son had a bad attack, where it hurt so much to
inhale. Within 3 minutes he was he was breathing normal and
thanking me and then 5 minutes later sleeping.
Amelia - I have a friend who uses
Breathe then layers Rosemary on top for her daughter's
asthma. This has been very effective for her...but she also
diffuses that in her home to kill allergens as well because
her daughter is highly allergic to cats (they have an indoor
cat) but w/oils she has had no allergic response and is now
no longer having to use any of her asthma medications. She
is even actively participating in sports, this is huge for