Aromatherapy A-Z: Bronchitis

Aromatherapy A-Z: BronchitisBronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that lead to the lungs. In sudden acute symptoms this is caused by an infection and is often accompanied by an initially dry cough, a temperature and later congestion – often following a cold. Long term chronic bronchitis is a long term condition without a raised temperature – caused by excess mucus production.

Aromatherapy can be a really useful addition to treatment – although a completely holistic approach will generate the best results, follow our action plan below.

Natural health tips and aromatherapy advice for treating Bronchitis:


  • Avoiding dairy produce, chocolate and orange juice is important – as all these will encourage excess mucus production which could exacerbate the condition (See “anti-mucus diet” in The Kitchen Pharmacy by Rose Elliot & Carlo De Paoli).

  • Boost immunity and soothe airways with hot fresh lemon, ginger and honey drinks.

  • Vaporise 1 drop of Eucalyptus essential oil, 3 Thyme , 3 Tea Tree and 4 drops of Sandalwood essential oil.

  • Take regular inhalations with 3 drops of Lemon essential oil, 1 drop of Melissa, 3 Frankincense and 3 Myrrh.

  • When the temperature is high, try a cool compress on the forehead with 1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil and 1 drop Peppermint.

  • When fever has broken, try a regular foot massage, paying special attention to the balls of the feet where the lung reflex is located. Try 30ml Sweet Almond Oil with 5 drops Cedarwood essential oil, 4 Frankincense, 4 Myrrh and 2 Plai.

  • Supplements can also be helpful. Try regular garlic capsules to help boost immune response, take Vitamin C powder every 3 hours in drinks (500mg Magnesium Ascorbate Powder from Biocare is very good), and find a good Multi-Vitamin & Mineral supplement with strong Vitamin B complex. Colloidal silver may also be useful if symptoms persist.


Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

Disclaimer: The information provided on the Base Formula blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. We recommend that you consult your GP or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Our advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who will be able to take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Base Formula accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

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