I am especially mindful of those in harm’s ways from the wildfires in Texas, USA. Today’s Question is very timely, and if you know anyone in a wildfire-prone area, this would be great information to forward along.
Mike O. sends along a concern from Roswitha L.
Been using your Eucalyptus and Myrtle EO blend, does help some. This morning went outside, smell of smoke/fire so strong eyes burnt, throat sore after 1 minute. We are surrounded by wildfires; not only trees burning but …homes, plastics, chemicals. Major toxins 4 million plus people are inhaling right now. Sky is so hazy like I’ve never seen before. Any other suggestions?
When the air quality is really bad such as from wildfires, inhaling essential oils can add to the respiratory burden. You probably don’t want oils high in monoterpenes – citrus, pines etc. Antioxidant oils such as thyme, oregano, clove might help, but I don’t have any evidence of this, it’s a theoretical benefit.
It’s a tricky question, and we will know more in time, but right now I’d say be careful with inhalation of any essential oil.
Plants rich in e.o. that are good for lower respiratory system specifically come to mind: elecampane, anise, thyme…to use internally, yeilding e.o. content safely & naturally. Certainly would add lots of quercetin, vit c & b (especially b12).
And demulcent herbs: astragalus, licorice…that also protect immune system. Coryceps, Reishi or other valuable medicinal mushrooms would also go well with these e.o. rich herbs mentioned in prior comment.
Take it from a firefighter and a paramedic. Leave the area if at all possible. Your respiratory system can only handle so much.