Jasper, my son, is my first born and one of the sweetest boys around. He suffers from asthma and has since he was about 4 months old. He has been on many different treatments for his asthma including; Daily nebulizer treatments, Inhalers with Steroids, and now a twice daily inhaler. When he was six months old and absolutely miserable, having attacks 2-5 times a day, I thought to myself. There HAS to be more I can be doing for my son. I was tired of all the medications, so I started to do a little digging. With that digging I came across essential oils. I thought what the heck I’ve tried so many other things it cant hurt. I started researching the most natural and pure brands and invested in the basics. Below are the Brands that I have found to be the purest, and a list of oils that helped with my sons asthma.
- Young Living
- Liberty Natural
- Birch Hill
- Tea Tree
- Eucalyptus – this oil is very potent! DO NOT use directly on skin without diluting.
- Cypress – this oil is very potent! DO NOT use directly on skin without diluting.
- *Sniffleease* Blend from Young Living
As you can see the list is very simple and uses mostly basic essential oils. But they save my son so much agony.
Epsom Salt Soak
Making an Epsom Salt Soak is very simple. All you Need is plain Epsom Salt, and your oils. You can either mix Lavender, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus or Lavender, Tea Tree, and Cypress. I prefer the Eucalyptus over the Cypress in this instance. Add 4 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Tea Tree, and 2 Drops of either Eucalyptus or Cypress to 1 Cup of Epsom salt and mix well. (If your child has sensitive skin DO NOT use Eucalyptus or Cypress in the bath it can sting their skin.) I add my oils directly to the epsom salt so that the oils disperse throughout the bath and don’t just cling to the surface. Run as hot of a bath as you child can tolerate, you want them to be comfortable so they can stay in the soak as long as possible. Pour in the Salt and oils mixture and dissolve. Finally put you child in the soak and let them sit and play as long as they want. This was my favorite way to treat jasper with the oils, when he was a baby. Our best results were when we did it on a nightly basis.
Another way to use the oils is to Diffuse them for your child overnight or just throughout the day. Diffuse 3 drops Lavender, 2 drops Tea Tree, and 2 drops Eucalyptus or Cypress in 100 ml of water. You can also diffuse 3 – 5 drops of Sinffleease, the blend from Young Living. This blend is specifically for children, And while it is not specifically for asthma it does help open up the bronchial tubes. It has a ton of different oils that make it the yummy blend that it is. If you are interested in seeing the specific oils it uses click here.
Finally you can create a chest and foot rub to help sooth your child’s asthma. In a small seal-able dish pour your oil, I use fractionated Coconut oil. Add 1 drop of each oil, Lavender, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus or Cypress, for every 2 Tbs of Coconut oil. If your child has sensitive skin test the Eucalyptus and/or Cypress before making the rub, apply a tiny amount of each oil diluted with coconut oil. If either of the oils bothers your child skin omit from the chest rub. I rub it on the chest, feet, and back of the neck. This has really helped my son sleep when he has had a rough day filled with asthma attacks.
I hope that you and your child will benefit from these simple but very helpful tips. No one wants to see their child suffering. I can say from personal experience that when I started to use these oils on my son his asthma attacks went from 2 – 5 attacks a day to now when we have maybe 1 a week. My son is 7 now and I still uses these on him, he even asks for them now😍 Happy healthy kids = Happy parents!
I am not a doctor or health professional. If you have questions or concerns consult your physician before using.