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Cystic Fibrosis

Lung Support

Lung supportive blend that may ease symptoms associated with respiratory issues and support healthy lung function. (Formerly called Lung Healing)

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Myrtle

(Myrtus communis)
Traditionally used to support healthy thyroid and hormonal balance, lung, sinus and prostate function, to ease muscle spasms and soothe minor skin irritations and wounds.

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Plague Defense

Plague Defense blend is formulated to help aid our efforts to support immune response to an illness as one would need for "the plague." For less aggressive illness, consider Immune Support as a suitable alternative.

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Respiratory Relief

Immune supportive and may ease symptoms of colds, sinus congestion, coughs, and seasonal allergies. 

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In cystic fibrosis, several areas of body chemistry malfunction, affecting principally the lungs and the digestive system. The inability to digest fats and other digestive issues can be helped with a carefully chosen diet and digestive enzymes. DIGESTION SUPPORT rubbed on abdomen morning and evening may help as well.

In cystic fibrosis the lungs constantly produce too much mucus, which leads to congestion, breathing difficulties and frequent infections, because the excess mucus forms a breeding ground for bacteria. The parents of children with cystic fibrosis are taught to carry out physiotherapy on their child several times each day to help the draining of mucus. Using essential oils greatly increases the effectiveness of this treatment, as well as helping to prevent and treat lung infection.

To alleviate this condition we need oils which are mucolytic, expectorant and anti-infectious, and because treatment will be needed constantly, the widest possible range of oils should be included to provide a means to alternate.

Resin oils:
Benzion
Elemi
Frankincense
Myrrh

Anti-infectious and immuno-stimulant oils:
Lavender
Manuka
Niaouli
Ravensara
Tea Tree

Other oils to consider:
Bergamot
Cedarwood
Eucalyptus Radiata
Eucalyptus Citriodora
Pine
Sandalwoods

If the above essential oils are combined in blends consisting of one resin, one immuno-stimulant and one other oil, many combinations are possible and should be varied every week or so. Davis suggests tha "the longest any one blend should be used without a break is three weeks."

Davis continues, "For young children, do not exceed 1% essential oil to carrier, increasing this to 2% as they get older. Massaging the oils into the chest and back as part of the daily physiotherapy sessions is the most important aspect of treatment. It makes it much easier for the child to cough up mucus and reduces the risk of bronchial infections and other complications. I suggest to aromatherapists helping children with cystic fibrosis that they give ready-mixed blends to the parents to use between visits."

Micro-diffusing essential oils into the air is an ideal form of treatment that has been proved highly effective for respiratory problems of all kinds.Steam inhalations are another effective way to get the oils into the lungs, and baths will help to reduce the risk of infection and strengthen the immune system.

Rectal Suppositories: The Final Frontier of Essential Oils by Mike (At the Roots: Natural Healing for Cystic Fibrosis and Chronic Disease)
Mike's aromatherapist made him suppositories with THYME ct thymol, ROSEMARY ct camphor, EUCALYPTUS citriodora, TEA TREE, NIAOULI in equal parts.

Higley's suggests alternating with PLAGUE DEFENSE, RESPIRATORY RELIEF, LAVENDER, and MYRTLE. Apply to brain stem (back of neck), temples, chest, bottom of feet and diffuse. LUNG HEALING is stronger and can replace MYRTLE for helping to remove accumulation in the lungs. VITALITY and HELICHRYSUM can be used with benefit as well.

To address the Staphylococcus, use oils such as OREGANO, THYME and CLEANSING (up the spine using a massage technique), then 10 drops LEMON, 5 drops TEA TREE and 3 drops FRANKINCENSE (rub on feet, chest and diffuse) or 10 drops LUNG HEALING and 5 drops HYSSOP.


References
Davis P., Aromatherapy An A-Z, C.W. Daniel Company Ltd, 2000
Higley, Connie and Alan, Higley's Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2006