When it comes to breathing difficulties, people tend to turn to prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines to help quickly treat and relieve breathing difficulties. There is a way to treat breathing difficulties with a homemade breathing treatment using essential oils and steam. The essential oils will help soothe inflammation, open up the airways, loosen thick mucus, and treat infection in the lungs so you are able to breathe freely again.

Things You'll Need


Pour the boiling water carefully into a metal bowl placed on a sturdy table. Do not touch the metal bowl once the boiling water is in it because will burn yourself. There should be steam coming from the bowl.

Place the essential oils, rosemary and olive oil into the boiling water. The oils dissolve into the water and will help keep the heat of the water and steam flowing, and will create a strong aroma that will help make breathing easier.

Sit in the chair and place your head over the bowl of steam. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl to help direct the steam. You should not have your face close to the boiling water and hot steam because it could burn your skin.

Take deep breaths and breathe in the steam deeply. You will feel a cooling sensation in your nasal passage and chest, which should bring relief. Breathe in the steam for 15 to 20 minutes to help loosen up the mucus, relieve inflammation, open up the airways, and treat the infection in your lungs. Do these steps three to four times a day to help treat breathing difficulties effectively.

Tips

  • Essential oils can be expensive and can be found at an herbal shop.

  • Alternative essential oils, spices and herbs to could be lavender, nutmeg, ginger, and hyssop. Just place a teaspoon of each in the boiling water to create a healing steam for breathing difficulties.