See also: colds
RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is a viral infection,
usually in the upper respiratory tract. It is very common to
infants and children but can also affect adults. It is so
common that it is estimated that by the age of two every
child has been infected at least one time. RSV is highly
contagious and is transferred by coughing, sneezing or
handling the materials touched by those infected. The virus
can live on the open skin for 1 or 2 hours or on hard
surfaces for 4 or 5 hours.
Symptoms are similar to a cold and may include a fever,
sore throat, stuffy nose, earache, coughing and other
respiratory concerns. In infants they may lack an appetite,
be listless and be more fussy than usual.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Basil, Breathe, EucalyptusC, Frankincense,
Lime, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme
Essential oils based
Cilantro, and for calming: BalanceC, Lavender,
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Most protocols suggest a blend of oils (see below) diluted 2:1 with a
carrier oil applied to the bottoms of the feet every 1 - 2
hours (and for babies covered with socks so they do not
transfer oils from their feet to their eyes with their
Also diffuse Breathe and for older children and adults
apply oil blend to chest area.
Complexity of the blend varies with the intensity of the
RSV. A variety of suggestions are shown below:
Basil, Lime and Rosemary
10 drops Breathe, 10 drops Lime, 5 drops Frankincense, 2
drops Oregano, 1 drop Thyme
folks recommend for children
John - Are there
any oils that would be helpful for a little baby with RSV?
Dian - Breathe on the bottom of the feet
and on the back, but mix it with FCO for the back.
Brooke - I agree with Dani - my son now
asks for the 'oils' instead of his inhaler. (He suffers from
exercise induced asthma from RSV Pneumonia he had when he
was one - and allergies at certain times of the year) When
putting it on a 1 year old - you can use it neat on their
feet - but I would recommend that you use coconut oil when
putting it anywhere else (chest and back or nose) or it
could have a bit of a "hot/cold" feeling they may not like
(until they get used to it!) I also have used Eucalyptus as
Another good thing is to diffuse
it in the air in their room at night! That has really
helped my son if he's having allergy issues. Hope their
feeling better soon!
Donna - My great grand nephew had a
problem with rsv. We used 1 drop Breathe and a little
coconut oil and put it on the bottom of his feet. In less
than 5 minutes he stopped wheezing and has not gone back to
the hospital for another treatment. Like the others I think
if you use your instincts you will have great success with
Wendy - The Breathe blend is really
effective. I would run it in the diffuser and put it on
his/her chest with carrier. You could also use Eucalyptus
on the chest and in the diffuser. Frankincense is a great
anti-viral oil that could be used along with Peppermint on
the feet. Lavender and Serenity are great for calming when
he needs to sleep and let his body start the healing
process! Most important is being consistent with the
application of the oils. Every hour and a half or so, and
keep the diffuser running!!
RJ - With an infant, remember to cover
his feet and chest with clothing after applying so there is
no transfer to the eyes. Babies love to touch feet then
Leah - I recently had great success with
Breathe or Eucalyptus alone on her feet and chest, diluted
with the coconut oil. this was a suggestion directly from
Dr. Hill. Combine this with a diffuser running with a
generous amount of Breathe in steam showers morning, noon
and night (temp regulated for age of child). the coughing
subsided and mucus broke up and released almost immediately,
at least within 15 min. a bit time consuming, but much more
efficient than spending those hours just trying to soothe
with feedings or sleeping and a humidifier!
Twenty-two month old in hospital on Christmas... What oils
should be used for RSV and to increase oxygen levels. They
have used Breathe with extra Eucalyptus as well as Thyme and
Brenda - Try this: 10 drops Breathe, 10
drops Lime, 2 drops Oregano, 1 drop Thyme, 5 drops
Frankincense, 25 drops Fractionated Coconut Oil. Use 2 or 3
drops of mixture on each foot, cover with socks and repeat
as needed. This mixture helped my infant granddaughter when
she was hospitalized with RSV.
NY - Last year my
eleven month old had RSV and was hospitalized for six days.
That was before dōTERRA. She's now 19 months and nearly
cough free with Breathe, Lime and a few other oils on my
arsenal. How do I keep her well this winter? If you could
only have 5 oils all winter what would they be?
Amelia - That is a tough question but
I'll give it a go...Frankincense, OnGuard, Breathe,
Lavender, and Lemon or Lime. I would use at least 2 drops
Frankicense every day for each person for health issues but
also to boost immunity. I would use 2 drops OnGuard morning
and night for everyone as a preventative measure and I would
diffuse it when hubby gets home to help rid the place of any
unwanted "bugs". Also I would use Breathe at the first sign
of congestion, Lavender just because I love it and it's the
Swiss army knife of oils. Citrus oils I would add to water
or tea and drink it daily to help remove toxins from my body
or use along with Lavender and Peppermint in equal amounts
for an allergy/sinus shooter, this works wonders.
Kristy - My 5 oils. On Guard to protect
and fight germs, Breathe for coughs and stuffy
noses, Peppermint for fevers (and 100 other things), Lemon
to flush the germs quickly, Lime to cut the mucus in nose
Heather - We found that everyone in
Arkansas who was diffusing OnGuard daily did not get sick.
If there was ever a sign of anything then OnGuard on the
feet. My favorite oils for toddlers - we made a blend called
the flu shot - OnGuard, Oregano, Lemon - in a roller bottle
with FCO - my now 6 year old called it the tickle oil.
Peppermint - fevers, stuffy heads. You can also dilute your
Lemon with FCO under the nose to stop runny noses and apply
to the throat to sooth a sore throat. DigestZen for all
things for the tummy and breaks up mucus and Lavender for
sleep, oweees, burns and anything that needs calming. Helps
with growing pains though my “go to” oil for that is
At least those 6: OnGuard, Lemon, Oregano, Peppermint,
DigestZen and Lavender.
Melisa - I have found that peppermint
works so much better for congestion than Breathe. My 3
year old tolerates 5 drops of peppermint to 15 drops of
fractionated coconut oil and it works wonders on her
congestion, as well as mine too.
Stefe - Along with the five oils
OnGuard, Breathe, Peppermint, Lemon, and Oregano. I highly
suggest the LLV and the OnGuard products such as the soap,
cough drops and the Toothpaste (which my dentist and I
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
Heidi - My mom has had great success for
her asthma using Frankinsence, just rubs it on her
Lucy - I have a
grandson 1year old who has RSV and his mom has been using
oils on him. They started him on breathing treatments. She
uses On Guard on his feet, Breathe on his chest and
diffusing On Guard and Breathe. Any other suggestions?
Shanna - I put On Guard, Lemon, Oregano,
and Melaleuca on my baby's feet when she had RSV. I also
used peppermint when she had a fever. It never got bad and
she recovered quickly!
Lynn - I would replace the Breathe with
Basil, Rosemary, Lime and/or Melaleuca (diluted) on neck and
chest. Whatever ones you have, alternate them or layer two
at a time. Apply every hour.
HA – Rosemary, Basil and Lime!
Jill - Both of my boys have had RSV
twice now. I use the AromaTouch blend and it works amazingly
well for helping to relax the bronchioles and make them