We’ve all had that nasty bug one time or another! Some of us get really down with either bronchitis or the croup after having a particularly bad cold or flu!
Once or twice during my pregnancy I experienced such a bad cough I thought my ribs were going to break!
Persistent and extreme coughs can cause anything from sore muscles and sleeplessness to broken ribs or injured backs. Add to this that you’ve already had an injury or a recent surgery and you are in a world of hurt!
I am going to point out some easy tips for easing this hurt and helping you get the rest you crave and need desperately.
You probably already know how our lungs function, with the education we have access to these days. We can learn that lining our breathing passageways are cilia hairs which are constantly moving and waving upward to carry dust particles and mucus up and out of our lungs.
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Take it off the stove-top. Place the pot on a pot holder on the table. Place a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in the pot. Sit up to the table and lean your face over the pot, in the steam, not too close to the edge of the pot where the steam is too hot, with a cloth over your head to keep some steam inside and just breathe deeply, in and out. I recommend using an eye mask. You may find this soothes and opens up the airways. Nice to do right before bedtime. If preferred, you can add other oils mentioned here. I also recommend using this method as apposed to using in a bath, if your skin is sensitive, or you have a fever. That way the body is not heated, raising the body temperature. (There are hydrotherapy methods purposely used to raise the body temperature when a fever is desired to give extra assistance to the healing process. Under these circumstances I still would recommend not using the oils at the same time. Hydrotherapy baths are generally best if taking a long soak, adding to the possibility that skin irritation might occur)
2. Also at bedtime a chest-rub can be made with a preparation using Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is a carrier oil. Mix in a couple of drops of Lavender and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oils. Tea Tree reduces mucous, helping to loosen the mucous in our lungs.