Pleurisy is an inflammation of the double membrane that
surrounds and protects the lungs. This membrane is a double
structure that allows the pleural fluid to provide a protective
buffer around the lungs. When this area becomes inflamed the
inner and outer layer can rub together creating the sharp
pain that those with pleurisy feel.
The inflammation can come from a variety of root causes.
A viral or bacterial infection of the lungs is the most
common source of pleurisy but other causes include trauma
from an injury such as broken ribs or surgery involving the
pleural cavity. It may also result as a side effect of other
diseases such as pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus,
pulmonary embolism, tuberculosis or pancreatitis.
The symptoms of pleurisy are sharp chest pains that are
more acute with breathing in and often lead the person to
shallow breathing to avoid the pain. The inflammation and
pain are usually on one side of the chest and can extend up
to the shoulder or down to the stomach area.
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Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Breathe, CypressC, ThymeC
Essential oils based
products: GX Assist/PB Assist, Life Long
Basil, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lemon, Melaleuca, On
Guard, Oregano, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Cypress and Thyme applied topically to the painful area
of the chest 2 -3 times daily. Cup & inhale and/or diffuse
Breathe (or Cypress and Thyme) 2 -3 times daily also.
For severe problems and reoccurrence read the comments in
the testimonials (tab above) for more oils, LLV supplements,
GX Assist/PB Assist cleanse, probiotics and healthy diet.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Elaine - Last month I
got pretty sick. A real nasty cold. I
thought I'd kicked it in a few days thanks
to several of the oils I diffused, took
internally, and applied topically. A couple
of weeks later I went to the ER with chest
pains. It was so scary. Turned out I had
Pleurisy. I don't know a lot about this;
had never heard of it before last month.
Something about the tissue in the chest, I
think between the ribs and the lungs, got
irritated and inflamed because of all my
coughing. Of course the doctor gave me a
couple of scripts for drugs.
Instead of filling the scripts immediately like I would
have done pre-dōTERRA, I came straight home and opened my
book. The protocol suggested was cypress and thyme.
Thankfully I had both of those on hand. I rubbed them both
on my chest where the pain was and did this every few hours.
I filled my diffuser, set it close to my bed, and slept for
a few hours. The doctor told me it would take up to two
weeks for the pain to go away. I was better in three days!
Ramona – I am
struggling so bad with pleurisy. It has happened
before, and the last time it cost me $900 to get it
diagnosed at an emergency room, so I'm not going that route
again. It is an inflammation in the lining around the heart
and lungs. My entire left side hurts (chest portion) and my
left arm is numb and tingly from it. It has been going
on for a few days. Is there anything internally that I could
take that would be anti-inflammatory?
Pony - Where do I start?!
Personally , I've fought many excruciating bouts with
pleurisy. I have COPD so my entire life is centered around
keeping my lungs fit so I can have a "normal", active life.
First, for the oils: Breathe; in your cupped palms
inhaling as deeply as possible, slowly at first or until you
gag, even inhale as much of the fumes in your lungs via your
mouth and nose, until the smell evaporates. Do this every
couple of hours while in crises. It is an anti-inflammatory.
Also, rub Breathe all over chest and both sides of rib/lung
area (couple times day). You can top it with Peppermint to
get it to go deeper. Cover with a warm towel and rest! The
best way to heal is rest, it restores your immune system to
fight the bad guys. Then Oregano, Frankincense, Basil,
Thyme, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, any or all of these oils
in a shot glass with water and slug it down followed with a
lemon water chaser. Two to three times a day. Use capsules
if you can't handle them straight.
Second: LLW, GX Assist (oregano) and the PB Assist
regime. If you don't do the GX (or even if you do) --> lots
of PB Assist. 2x a month until you get back up and running.
Your immune needs built back up. Do it every month after
your encounter as part of regular regime.
Third: Diet, if your kidneys aren't working your lungs
take over. But you don't often know of the kidney problem
until the lungs are in crises. So, Lemon water in the frig
all the time. Drink lots! Slim & Sassy to break down fats
and rid your system of them. No white sugar, white flour,
wheat, corn, red meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine in
moderation (caffeine can actually help a lung
situation--gets the heart pumping and you breathe
deeper--but not 6 cups of coffee a day!). Mate’ tea - in the
AM - with Cinnamon (dōTERRA oil) honey—yum and many
antioxidants. Lots of organic vegetables, seeds, some nuts-
almonds, sweet potatoes, beets, red veggies. Keep fruit to a
minimum until after crises – as they are a detox/cleanser
and you can stress the lungs.
Oh, and sunshine-in-the-sky type, the natural vitamin D
seems to help immensely. Must be a warm day. Cold air can
make it worse. There's more, but if you can get a handle on
this and turn it into your life you shouldn't have to relive
Pleurisy. I'm not a doctor and these are only suggestions
due to personal experiences with many times with pleurisy,
pneumonia, hospitals, National Jewish Medical Lung & Allergy
Research Center, Prednisone x 1000 times it seems, etc,etc.
But I'll tell you what--nothing has worked like these
oils!!! And the Life Long Vitality supplements.
Ramona - Thank you so much. I
don't think my case is very severe yet, which is why I want
to jump on it now. I'm feeling some better this
morning. When I hadn't found anything last night, I
muscle tested a few oils, on my own and found Breathe to be
one I really needed. I also used Birch and had my
husband rub it into my back and spine. I slept quite
well. Resting is near impossible as I have six kids
and my husband will be gone this weekend. I will do my
best! I also started the GX Assist last night and I'm
on the LLW. These oils are amazing. With six
kids, we have been able to solve all health issues over the
past year, and it is an amazing and empowering feeling!
Thank you for all your suggestions. I will follow them
and report back!
Carla - I get pleurisy also. It usually
comes when I am under stress or sleep deprived. It is a
virus, which is why the only thing the doctors will give
you, is massive amounts of ibuprofen. It is the kind of
virus, that once you have it, you have it. Kind of like a
cold sore that reappears under stress. When I get it, I
take a capsule with oregano and melaleuca, put On Guard on
my chest where the pain is, and on my feet. I put Breathe
in my diffuser and rest for a few hours. I can usually
knock it down before it gets bad. If yours is deeply
seated, you might have to be more persistent in getting rid
of it. It is very painful, and I'm sorry you have it! The
first time I got it, it got so painful, I thought I was
having a heart attack. Good Luck!
Leora - I have a
friend who is pregnant and she was just diagnosed with
pleurisy. The doctor told her that there is nothing he can
do for her. She is in a lot of pain. Does anyone know if
there are any oils that can help her?
Blake - Cypress and thyme. Rub on chest
where pain is every couple of hours and diffuse.
Elaine - Have her use cypress and
thyme--layer topically on her chest. And diffuse both in
the air. Do this frequently, every hour or two, until the
pain is under control. Then just as needed. It will likely
never go away completely--she'll probably notice the dull
pain resurface any time she is coughing a lot or even
laughing really hard. Just pull out the cypress and thyme
again. My doctor told me it would take 2 weeks
to feel better. Using the oils, topically and diffusing
them for a few hours each day, helped me get better in about