Dr. Hull's Breathe Rite
Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Spearmint (Mentha spicata), Eucalyptus radiata, Lemon (Citrus limonum), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Hyssop ct decumbens (Hyssopus officinalis)
Children? The menthol in Peppermint and the 1,8-cineole in Eucalyptus may cause breathing issues and should be avoided on or near the face. Dr. Hull's proceedure is not recommeneded for children.
~ For a Gentle Blend suitable for children, the elderly or those with delicate constitutions, consider our Breathe Easy Gentle Blend. ~
Medication/Health Issues? Oral incompatibility with High Blood Pressure medication, possibly contraindicated with Antibiotics (all routes in significant amounts); Cardiac Fibrillation (topical and oral), Cigarette Smoking (inhalation risk) and G6PD Deficiency
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Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
CAUTION: Do on use on or near the face of a baby or young child. See safety information at the bottom of the page.
Dr. Hull suggests: Apply a small amount of this oil to the tip of your 5th finger and touch it to the septum of your nose from both nostrils. It will immediately open your sinuses and airway. It will last as long as three to four hours. Repeat as needed. It fights infection and allergies well. If it is too hot in the nostrils, dilute it with olive or grape seed oil.
(Although Dr. Hull doesn't mention diluting the blend, we suggest that you dilute it significantly the first time you try this.)
CAUTION for Young Children: The menthol in Peppermint and the 1,8-cineole in Eucalyptus may cause breathing issues and should be avoided on or near the face. Dr. Hull's proceedure is not recommeneded for children.
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on chest, back, neck, ears or as desired. Use with a warm compress. Some find it beneficial to apply over sinus areas, but be sure it's well diluted and be careful not to get it into the eyes. Apply around ears and on feet, neck and throat. Inhale deeply to help with a headache.
Inhalation: Diffuse. Add a few drops of Breate Rite to a bowl of hot, steaming water. Place a towel over your head and the water/oil mixture and inhale the steam to open sinuses. This may help relieve breathing difficulties related to flu, colds, and pneumonia.
1. I bought a sample of Breathe Rite with my last order. Not reading the directions on the bottle, I gave each of my children a drop on their fingers to put in their noses. Three of the children didn't mind and thought it "tingled," but the fourth stated crying saying that it burned! I quickly gave her some coconut oil to rub in her nose to ease the discomfort. I thought she was being overly dramatic (as she often is), until I put some in my nose. Well, after a few minutes with watery eyes, I found I could breath! Since then, my children have asked for Breathe Rite every night. Tonight my 3 year old brought me the coconut oil and asked if I would give her some after I gave her the "burns." It took me a minute to realize what she wanted, but she made it clear that she wanted the Breathe Rite. Thank you, Linda! I thought this might make you smile. - Bethany
CAUTION for Children: Essential oils high in 1,8-cineole (Eucalyptus) or menthol (Peppermint) can cause CNS and breathing problems in young children, and should not be applied to or near their faces under ten years of age (Tisserand, pages 656-657, 273). Tisserand writes: "Any oil with 40% or more 1,8-cineole should not be applied to the face of infants or children or otherwise inhaled by them" (page 109). Appropriately diluted for the child, the blend will fall well-within the range of safe use, as it would contain far less than 40% 1,8-cineole. Regarding inhalation/diffusing, Tisserand writes: "For children of 5 years old or less, direct inhalation should be avoided. Direct inhalation includes inhaling essential oils from the hands, a cotton ball, a nasal inhaler, a bowl of hot water or similar. Indirect, or ambient inhalation, is safe for young children, and includes any method that vaporizes essential oils into the air (page 658).”
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2013.