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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Colds, Cough and Congestion, Flu, Respiratory diseases, Pneumonia, Sore or Strep Throat

LungsBronchitis is a temporary inflammation of air passages going to the lungs.  It can be caused by a bacterial 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 recommended:

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 medical attention.

Oils & Blends: Respiratory Blend, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Protective Blend, Peppermint, Rosemary

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Marjoram, Thyme

Suggested protocols:

Respiratory Blend topically to chest (supplement with Eucalyptus or Rosemary if needed) for coughing symptoms.

Protective Blend (supplement with Basil, Frankincense or Lemon) topically on the throat area as an antibiotic.

For more severe bronchitis take Protective Blend (supplement with Lemon and Oregano) in a capsule 2 to 4 time daily.

Also diffuse Respiratory Blend (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 attention.

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Therese - 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 Massage Blend 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 Massage Blend, 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! (...) 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 Respiratory Blend on my chest and layer Protective Blend over it.  I can't believe how quickly I feel better.  Respiratory Blend 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 Respiratory Blend 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 Respiratory Blend) and made an "antibiotic" pill:

  4 drops Protective Blend

  4 drops Lemon

  4 drops Oregano

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 conventional medicine.

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. Respiratory Blend on the sternum as needed as well. It worked wonders for me last year. I get bronchitis easily and have for years. Respiratory Blend is great with Protective Blend 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.

Protocols folks recommend for children



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What Science & Research are saying

Anti-inflammatory effects of Myrtol standardized and other essential oils on alveolar macrophages from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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, Germany.



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 studies.


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.


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.



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