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We are proud to introduce our new product to help you breathe deeply and fully. It is based on a blend of essential oils used since ancient times and backed up by modern research. Our “Breath In” blend contains frankincense, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus – all of which have a long history and evidence pointing to respiratory benefits.
It’s flu season. And on top of that, we’ve got covid-19 on the loose. Now, more than ever, we should all be taking extra precautions to protect our respiratory system. Being locked up indoors with minimal exercise and a lack of sunlight wreaks havoc on the immune system, leaving the body more susceptible to infections and diseases- not ideal considering the current state of affairs.
Even though the experimental RNA and DNA vaccines for covid is being rolled out across the UK, after seeing how embarrassingly poorly the flu shot has been underperforming since its release, it is easy to see why some are not convinced. In such circumstances, it is often wise to look back at history, which inevitably points to natural cures. We did after all, come from nature, so it makes sense that natural cures with thousands of years of use can outperform hastily created modern inventions.
Essential oils have long been hailed by holistic practioners, and have been used medicinally for at least 5000 years. Ancient Egypt is credited with being the birthplace of ‘aromatherapy’, and this traditional Egyptian remedy was adopted by the Greeks, Indians, Chinese and Romans. The term ‘aromatherapy’ was first coined by a French chemist and perfumer in 1937, named Rene Maurice Gattefosse.
One day in the laboratory, he badly burnt his hand. Not having anything to treat burns to hand, he put undiluted lavender oil on the burn, and to his surprise, he found the pain immediately subsided and the burn healed quickly with no infection or scarring. After this discovery, he dedicated more time to researching essential oils, and found miniscule doses could interact with the body’s chemistry. His research was so promising that it lead to new treatments for injured soldiers in WW2.
Let’s go much further back in history, to 1412 when the bubonic plague was in the process of wiping out a third of Europe. Four grave robbers were caught red handed. At the time, the punishment for their crimes was to be burnt alive. However, the judge was so intrigued by how these four men had managed to stay immune to the deadly disease that he made them a deal. If they disclosed how they had managed to rob the bodies of the plague victims without catching the plague, they would be spared being burnt at the stake. They explained that prior to the plague, they were perfumers and spice merchants, and they had concocted special blends that when applied to the skin, stopped them from catching the infection.
Breath In Blend
Essential oils have a long and rich history, and we have now formulated our own special blend made from the highest quality organic oils to protect you during this time. Our “Breath In” essential oil blend kills bacteria, viruses, germs and fungus. It is made from four of the most powerful oils, frankincense, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus. This potent combination clears out the sinuses and chest, unblocks the nose, removes mucus from the respiratory system, enhances breathing, cleanses the lungs, reduces cough and boosts the blood circulation.
Frankincense is used traditionally in the treatment of asthma, sinusitis and bronchitis, as well as Lung heat issues like coughing and wheezing. It invigorates the blood, and calms the Heart; anxiety, depression. It also reduces swelling and is a strong anti-oxidant. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT FRANKINCENSE OIL
Peppermint oil relaxes the muscles of the windpipe, known as the bronchial muscles. This is why it is effective in soothing coughs. It also detoxifies and cleanses the lungs, speeding up recovery. When ingested, it creates a cooling sensation that can soothe or numb an itchy sore throat. Peppermint oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Eucalyptus oil has been used medicinally for centuries as a remedy for respiratory illnesses. The active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is called cineole. A 2013 study found that cineole has antimicrobial effects on some bacteria that cause respiratory illnesses. Eucalyptus oil is also highly anti-inflammatory and enhances your immune system by destroying harmful bacteria. It also soothes your throat and chest, and speeds up healing and recovery times.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a well-known potent anti-bacterial. It inhibits the growth of bad bacteria that causes sinus infections and respiratory issues. A key benefit of tea tree oil is that bacteria is not resistant to it, unlike antibiotics. Australian Aborigines used tea tree oil for centuries to treat coughs and colds. Studies have also found that tea tree oil is more effective than the standard treatment of fluconazole in treating fungal pneumonia.
Breath In is available in our online store, or from our shop in Brixton.
If you are looking for ways to boost your immune system this flu season, check out our articles on our favourite immune boosters.
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