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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

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 recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Basil, Respiratory Blend, EucalyptusC, Frankincense, Lime, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Cilantro, and for calming: Grounding BlendC, Lavender, Calming Blend

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

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 hands).

Also diffuse Respiratory Blend 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:

  Respiratory Blend

  Basil, Lime and Rosemary

  10 drops Respiratory Blend, 10 drops Lime, 5 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Oregano, 1 drop Thyme


Experiences and Testimonials of others


Protocols folks recommend for children

John - Are there any oils that would be helpful for a little baby with RSV?

Dian - Respiratory Blend 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 well!

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 Respiratory Blend 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 these oils.

Wendy - The Respiratory 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 Calming Blend 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 eyes.

Leah - I recently had great success with Respiratory Blend 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 Respiratory Blend 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!


Carolyn - Twenty-two month old in hospital on Christmas... What oils should be used for RSV and to increase oxygen levels. They have used Respiratory Blend with extra Eucalyptus as well as Thyme and Frankincense.

Brenda - Try this:  10 drops Respiratory Blend, 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 (...). She's now 19 months and nearly cough free with Respiratory Blend, 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, Protective Blend, Respiratory Blend, 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 Protective Blend 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 Respiratory Blend 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. Protective Blend to protect and fight germs, Respiratory Blend 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 and chest.

Heather - We found that everyone in Arkansas who was diffusing Protective Blend daily did not get sick.  If there was ever a sign of anything then Protective Blend on the feet. My favorite oils for toddlers - we made a blend called the flu shot - Protective Blend, 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.  Digestive Blend 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 Massage Blend.

At least those 6: Protective Blend, Lemon, Oregano, Peppermint, Digestive Blend and Lavender.

Melisa - I have found that peppermint works so much better for congestion than Respiratory Blend.  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 Protective Blend, Respiratory Blend, Peppermint, Lemon, and Oregano. I highly suggest the LLV and the Protective Blend products such as the soap, cough drops and the Toothpaste (which my dentist and I love).


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 Respiratory Blend has not helped at all. I’m thinking Respiratory Blend 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 Respiratory Blend has helped boost the effectiveness of it.  I hope these recipes will help.


4 oz Virgin Coconut Oil

35 drops (...) (xxx) Respiratory Blend  

5 drops (...) (xxx) Frankincense  

6 drops (...) (xxx) Melaleuca

12 drops (...) (xxx) Patchouli  

2 drops (...) (xxx) Sandalwood

15 drops (...) (xxx) Lime

May apply to chest or feet or take internally.


In 4 oz of virgin coconut oil add:

40 drops (...) (xxx) Respiratory Blend

7   drops (...) (xxx) Thyme

15 drops (...) (xxx) Oregano

40 drops (...) (xxx) 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 Respiratory Blend alone does not work I always layer with Frankincense and Cilantro along with the Respiratory Blend 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 Respiratory Blend 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 her.

Heidi - My mom has had great success for her asthma using Frankinsence,  just rubs it on her chest.


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 Protective Blend on his feet, Respiratory Blend on his chest and diffusing Protective Blend and Respiratory Blend. Any other suggestions?

Shanna - I put Protective Blend, 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 Respiratory Blend 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 Massage Blend and it works amazingly well for helping to relax the bronchioles and make them comfortable.


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