Welcome to the first part of a two-part series about nourishing the respiratory system with essential oils.

In this post, I'll share:-

  • 3 essential oils that will both prevent respiratory system conditions and ease the symptoms.
  • A must-have ingredient to deal with nasty or persistent respiratory infections. (This is something that most aromatherapists are not aware of)
  • A powerful recipe for respiratory conditions
  • What's in the second part of the series

Would you rather listen or watch instead?

Here's the podcast:-

And here's a video:-

3 essential oils for nourishing the respiratory system.


I call Eucalyptus the “Desert Island Oil”, because it's amazing for any kind of pain or infection so if I was on a desert island, I would definitely want to have Eucalyptus with me!

Eucalyptus ticks all the respiratory system boxes.

  • It's antibacterial, and antiviral, so it fights infection.
  • It's anti spasmodic, and that helps ease coughs.
  • It's anti-inflammatory.
  • It's expectant, which means it adds fluid to the system and helps to sweep away debris.
  • It's mucolytic, so it helps to dissolve and expel mucus.
  • It's decongestant and painkilling.

Eucalyptus has no known contraindications.


I call Benzoin a “Duvet Oil” because it’s so warming and nurturing, using it is like wrapping a duvet around you. Benzoin is wonderful for the respiratory system.

  • It's expectant, which means it adds fluid to the system and helps to sweep away debris.
  • It's a fantastic painkiller.
  • It's vulenary, which means it helps wounds to heal.
  • It's very warming, which means it makes the circulation flow more efficiently, so   waste is removed more quickly which speeds the healing process.
  • It's very calming, sedating, and grounding.

Benzoin has no known contraindications.


I call Basil, “the Aromatic Cocktail”. It has a beautiful, spicy aroma, and it is a wonderful mix of natural chemicals that are great for a huge range of conditions.

Basil is: -

  • Antiseptic,
  • Analgesic (painkilling),
  • Anti-spasmodic, so it will ease coughs,
  • It's prophylactic flat which means it kills airborne bacteria and viruses, so it will help prevent the spread of infection.
  • It's very warming, a bit like Benzoin, so it boosts the circulation and speeds up healing,
  • It's cephalic which means it clears the head clears the head in many different senses.
  • It eases congestion, soothes headaches, helps concentration and focus, etc

Basil should not be used during pregnancy or for anyone who has sensitive skin. 

A must-have ingredient for nasty or persistent respiratory conditions

Basil is a powerful cocktail of natural chemicals among them phenols which are particularly powerful against infection. If a respiratory condition (or any condition!) is particularly severe or impossible to get rid of, the more gentle oils, including Benzoin and Eucalyptus won't have much affect. 

Essential oils which are rich in these "Rambo" chemicals, as I call them, can be used in the short time, but they're not for every day or prolonged use. For severe infections, I would use Basil every day for a week, then try another oil.

This does not mean that Benzoin and Eucalyptus don't help respiratory infections. As well as the properties I mentioned earlier, they enhance the power of Basil, and they nurture the system while Basil works its magic. 

Chest rub recipe for nourishing the respiratory system

You’ll need: -

  • A dark glass bottle,
  • 7.5 ml (one and a half teaspoons) of vegetable oil.

I recommend extra virgin olive oil because it's anti-inflammatory, and painkilling. Virgin Olive Oil and Pure Olive Oil don’t have the same amount of therapeutic properties.

  • One drop each of Eucalyptus, Benzoin and Basil essential oils 

To make the chest rub

Mix the ingredients together and store in the dark glass bottle away from light and heat. A drawer or press is ideal.

You can make more or less than this amount but use these proportions i.e., 1 drop of essential oil to 5ml (1 teaspoon) of vegetable oil.

For anyone who is under the age of 12, is pregnant, or has sensitive skin you would use 1 drop of essential oil to a teaspoon (5ml) of vegetable oil.  So for the above recipe simply double the amount of vegetable oil and use 15ml (3 teaspoons) and 1 drop each of Eucalyptus, Benzoin and Basil.

You can rub the oil on the chest, throat and under the nose if have a cough, cold or any respiratory system condition. It’s also great as a preventative if anyone else has an infectious respiratory condition.

Sinusitis Cash Injection for Therapists

With this short class and 5 minute treatment you will be able to:-

  • Increase your rates by €5 or €10 by offering a sinusitis/hay fever treatment as a valuable upgrade, 
  • Double your bookings by including the sinusitis treatment as part of a unique referral/reward scheme,
  • Create an extra income stream by selling the powerful blend to your clients who need it (options for aromatherapists and non aromatherapists) 

And if you're cringing at the thought of charging THAT much, think of the VALUE you're offering to your clients, and how much MORE they would happily pay.



I'm Jenny

And I help complete beginners become qualified aromatherapists with paying clients in 6 months.

I've been an aromatherapist, an aromatherapy tutor and an assessor for over 20 years.

My online students are fully supported with individual feedbacks and various ways to contact me if they need any extra help.  In my online courses, you are “online but not alone”

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