see also Colds,
Cough and Congestion,
Sore or Strep Throat
Bronchitis is a temporary
inflammation of air passages going to the lungs. It can be caused by
infections, a viral infections, or a chronic (long term)
condition from smoking or other irritants. Since a
continued infection can lead to pneumonia it is best to
treat bronchitis early and aggressively.
Oils, blends & products
Please note: The information provided below
is a compilation of suggestions made by
those that have used essential oils and has
NOT been scientifically verified with
clinical tests nor reviewed by medical
experts. It is anecdotal information and
should be treated as such. For serious
medical concerns please seek professional
Oils & Blends:
Breathe, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender,
On Guard, Peppermint, Rosemary
Essential oils based
Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Marjoram, Thyme
Breathe topically to chest (supplement with Eucalyptus or
Rosemary if needed) for coughing symptoms.
On Guard (supplement with Basil, Frankincense or Lemon)
topically on the throat area as an antibiotic.
For more severe bronchitis take On Guard (supplement with
Lemon and Oregano) in a capsule 2 to 4 time daily.
Also diffuse Breathe (or Eucalyptus or Rosemary) or use
cup and inhale.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Please note: The information
provided below is a compilation of
the experiences of others that have
used essential oils and has NOT been
scientifically verified with
clinical tests nor reviewed by
medical experts. It is anecdotal
information and should be treated as
such. For serious medical concerns
please seek professional medical
Our thanks to:
A couple of weeks ago my
17-year-old daughter was coming down with
what seemed to be bronchitis. She
complained of a severe headache. I performed
the AromaTouch Technique on her before she
went to bed and gave her 8 ounces of water
to drink. The next morning when she woke up
for school, her nose was clogged and had
mild congestion. That evening after dinner,
I gave her another AromaTouch, gave her 8
ounces of water to drink and sent her to
bed. The following morning she woke up, the
congestion was gone, she had a small amount
of drainage from her nose and her headache
was gone. By the time she came home from
school that afternoon, she was completely
congestion free, no drainage and felt quite
well. She slept well, didn't miss school, I
didn't have to take her to the doctor, and
best of all she did not have to take any
prescriptions or over the counter medicines!
The oils actually destroyed any bacteria or
virus that would have consumed her for
weeks! DoTERRA essential oils are pure and
are so much better than any medications that
would have only masked her illness. I am
and always will use them on my family before
I consider a doctor visit!!
Jennifer - My mom
has bronchitis and really doesn't want to take antibiotics.
Which oils would you recommend for this?
SusieQ - I get chronic bronchitis a lot.
I hate going to the doctor and going on antibiotics. Now I
use Breathe on my chest and layer On Guard over it. I can't
believe how quickly I feel better. Breathe burns my skin a
little, so I dilute it with coconut oil. Sometimes when I'm
in a hurry I put a little coconut oil in the palm of my hand
and then add a couple drops of Breathe and rub it in. She
might need some oils internally, but somebody will have to
help you with those.
Leah - I had bronchitis a year ago, and
because I was exclusively nursing my son, I had to avoid
products with Peppermint.
I was using Myrrh on the outside of my throat, Lemon on
my neck, Eucalyptus on my chest (in the place of Breathe)
and made an "antibiotic" pill:
drops On Guard
in a capsule, take it 4 times a day.
For the first three days I didn't really notice any
change, but on the fourth, I was like "wow! I feel so much
better." After that, it was harder to keep up with the
"antibiotic" because I was feeling so good.
I will say that I did end up detoxing and had a pretty
bad rash on my neck and upper chest. I had hit the
bronchitis pretty hard with oils, and other home remedies
like honey and apple cider vinegar. I was just super scared
I would need to go to the doctors and end up with
Stephanie - I would also add Rosemary to
that blend. It's great for respiratory issues.
Julie - Basil and Rosemary on the
sternum for the cough. Frankincense on the throat area.
Breathe on the sternum as needed as well. It worked wonders
for me last year. I get bronchitis easily and have for
years. Breathe is great with On Guard but the Basil and
Rosemary worked fast on stopping the cough.
Mandie - Thyme is a bronchial dialator.
I use it and Lemon in a diffuser for bronchitis.
What Science & Research are saying
Anti-inflammatory effects of Myrtol
standardized and other essential oils on alveolar
macrophages from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary
Eur J Med Res. 2009 Dec 7;14 Suppl 4:205-9.;
Rantzsch U, Vacca G, Dück R, Gillissen A.; St.
George Medical Center, Robert-Koch-Hospital, Leipzig,
Myrtol standardized is established in the treatment of
acute and chronic bronchitis and sinusitis. It increases
mucociliar clearance and has muco-secretolytic effects.
Additional anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties
have been confirmed for Myrtol standardized,
Eucalyptus oil, and Orange oil in several in vitro
The aim of this study was to prove the ability of
essential oils to reduce cytokines release and reactive
oxygen species (ROS) production derived from ex vivo
cultured alveolar macrophages.
MATERIAL AND METHODS:
Alveolar macrophages from patients with chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, n=26, GOLD III-IV) were
pre-cultured with essential oils (10(3)-10(-8)%) for 1 h and
then stimulated with LPS (1 microg/ml). After 4 h and 20 h
respectively a) cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) using
2',7'-dichlorofluorescein (DCF), and b) TNF-alpha, IL-8, and
GM-CSF secretion were quantified.
In comparison with negative controls, pre-cultured Myrtol,
Eucalyptus oil and Orange oil (10-4%) reduced in the
LPS-activated alveolar macrophages ROS release significantly
after 1+20 h as follows: Myrtol -17.7% (P=0.05), Eucalyptus
oil -21.8% (P<0.01) and Orange oil -23.6% (P<0.01).
Anti-oxidative efficacy was comparable to NAC (1 mmol/l).
Essential oils also induced a TNF-alpha reduction: Myrtol
(-37.3%, P<0.001), Eucalyptus oil (-26.8%, P<0.01) and
Orange oil (-26.6%, P<0.01). TNF-a reduction at 1+4 h and
1+20 h did not vary (Myrtol: -31.9% and -37.3% respectively,
P= 0.372) indicating that this effect occurs early and
cannot be further stimulated. Myrtol reduced the release of
GM-CSF by -35.7% and that of IL-8 only inconsiderably.
All essential oils tested have effective
antioxidative properties in ex vivo cultured and
LPS-stimulated alveolar macrophages. Additionally, Myrtol
inhibited TNF-a and GM-CSF release best indicating
additional potent anti-inflammatory activity.