Breathe is this fantastic blend of oils including laurel leaf, eucalyptus, peppermint, melaleuca, lemon and ravensara. Currently, this is my second favorite oil because I’m suffering from some sort of upper respiratory thing, be it allergies or some cold virus. Either way, I’ve been horribly congested, though, feeling better with Breathe. So lets break it down and see what makes Breathe so awesome!
Boy did Greek mythology have fun with this particular tree. They believed that the Laurel had powers of divination and prophecy, also that it would protect against evil and contagious disease. The Greek military glorified it and the generals would wear a wreath of laurel around their heads and carry a twig of it. Medicinally throughout history it has been used for everything from kidney stones to fever, asthma, migraine, gout, angina and liver issues. More recently, it has been suggested as a use for bronchial issues, asthma, cold & flu and other viruses.
Eucalyptus has been prevalent more recently in history, because, unlike the ancient oils, little was known about the benefits of eucalyptus until recently. Eucalyptus has antiseptic properties, both in healing the likes of burns, cuts and sores but also in protecting it from further microbial invasion. It is useful in soothing respiratory congestion and ailments and has been shown to be anti-inflammatory. Eucalyptus is also great for those times when you’re just exhausted, used as a mental stimulant, it has fantastic “pick-me-up” qualities.
Peppermint has many great uses including indigestion, colds & congestion, headache (my favorite use for it), stress, alertness and sore muscles. This oil tends to be intense and you may need to use the pure oil with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Melaleuca, or tea tree oil as it is also known, was very important during WWII when the Australian government exempted producers from military service, classifying melaleuca as a standard wound treatment. It has been shown to have strong antiseptic properties and has documented reports of it killing many types of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Melaleuca oil has an overall positive impact on the immune system.
Lemon is a very uplifting oil when dealing with the mind-body system. It has a detoxifying effect on the body as well.
Ravensara is grown in Madagascar and is known as “the oil that heals” there by the native people. It has been used there to treat viral infections such as herpes and hepatitis as well as throat, lung and sinus infections. As a spiritual blend it is also thought by the people of Madagascar to release grief from the lungs and stress from the heart.
Well then…that’s a lot of germ fighting power right there huh? I think it sounds like a great combination of effects that compound on top of each other to make a workhorse of an oil that is also delicate enough to be used even on young children and babies. Personally, I apply Breathe topically to my chest, sinus area and behind my ears whenever I feel like I need it. There’s no worry about “overdosing”, though, everything in moderation! I’ve also been diffusing it next to my bed at night, sometimes just breathing it in from the mist for a few deep breaths and letting it sink deep into my lungs. It’s not overpowering as so many topical salves can be.
Overall, I love this oil and can’t say enough good things about it, especially the last few days of dealing with my sinus issues. I’ve managed to stave off the normal pharmacological interventions I would normally have reached for in the past, and that part makes me feel good. There is a time and place for everything however, so check with your doctor if you need to.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.