Wildfires in the U.S. have been rampant recently, and are making the air quality dangerously unhealthy. Breathing can be difficult, especially if you already have a breathing disorder. We wanted to share some tips on how to make it easier for you to breathe and how to counter the harmful effects of smoke so you can get through these tough times a little easier.
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Essential Oils: Oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus help to open your airway and increase blood flow, allowing you to breathe much easier. They also help relieve headaches associated with difficulty breathing. We are currently running a special on all of our Breathe products to help customers who are dealing with these wildfires. You can receive one of our Breathe products for FREE with your order! Just let us know which Breathe product (Inhaler, Rollerball, Mask Fresh, or Chest/Aromatherapy Rub) you would like in the notes section at checkout. If you forget to put it in the notes during checkout just reply to your order confirmation email. ***If you are someone who cannot afford to place an order right now, we will happily send you one of our Breathe products for FREE at no cost to you! Shoot us an email with your preferred product and mailing address. U.S. residents only.***
Pursed-Lip Breathing: This type of breathing is a great way to relieve shortness of breath. It allows you to take longer deeper breaths. Breathe in through your nose to the count of two while keeping your mouth closed. Then, purse your lips like you are whistling, and slowly release your breathe for four counts. Repeat. If breathing through your nose is too difficult, try breathing in through your mouth with your lips pursed.
Herbal Remedies: Steam inhalation via a steam bowl helps open up nasal and bronchial passages, allowing you to breathe easier. Try adding herbs or essential oils like peppermint or eucalyptus (or our Breathe blend Mask Fresh oils) to make it even more effective. The caffeine in coffee is also an effective way to open up airways because It reduces respiratory muscle fatigue. Ginger is a great herb that reduces inflammation and loosens mucus in the bronchial passages. Try a ginger throat lozenge or try making a ginger tea by simmering 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger in water for 10-15 minutes. You can also try using other effective herbs like peppermint and fennel in your tea.
Counter The Effects of Smoke Inhalation:
Green tea is very effective at reducing inflammation in the lungs and can counter the harmful effects of smoke inhalation. Eating other anti-inflammatory foods such as pineapple, blueberries, cherries, broccoli, and turmeric can help with reducing airway inflammation. Use an herbal eyewash that includes herbs like calendula, chamomile, eyebright, and goldenseal to soothe irritated eyes. Drink more water, and take herbal lozenges to help counter scratchy and irritated throats.
If you are interested in finding out which of our broducts can help ease the stress of the smoke on your lungs and respiratory system, you can click here to view all of our "Breathe" products.
We hope this information is useful to you, and we hope that everyone is staying safe!