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When spring is around the corner but winter snow still comes and goes, seasonal smog often settles into the air, making it difficult to enjoy the outdoors. The air you breathe is not only vital to your enjoyment of the outdoors, but to your respiratory health. It can affect your lungs, heart, and even brain1-2. Fortunately, there are ways you can limit your exposure to air pollution.
How to Avoid Pollution
A study performed by scientists in the Los Angeles area discovered that toxins classified as course airborne particulate matter triggered the expression of multiple genes that play a role in inflammation and cancer3. Though more research is needed, monitoring the air quality for your location each day is a great way to reduce your exposure. When there is poor air quality, it would be best to stay indoors.
To reduce exposure to air pollution even further, give the following a try whenever possible:
- Lower your thermostat and reduce any wood burning.
- When traveling, try to carpool and reduce the number of trips you make.
- Use public transportation when possible.
- Turn off your engine when idling.
The doTERRA Breathe line contains a remarkable blend of essential oils, including Eucalyptus and Peppermint. Home to nearly all 700 species of eucalyptus, Australia is the prime location for sourcing this refreshing essential oil. Two species of eucalyptus are sourced from Australia and used in doTERRA’s Breathe products. Eucalyptus radiata is found within the doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend. To experience the benefits this blend has to offer, diffuse throughout your home during the day or simply inhale directly from the palms. Eucalyptus globulus, a species safe for internal consumption, is used in products such as the doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Drops.
The main chemical constituent in all species of Eucalyptus essential oil is 1,8-Cineole, or Eucalyptol. Clinical research suggests that consuming this powerful chemical constituent may support clear airways4-5.* Scientists in Germany treated 247 participants with oral eucalyptol over the course of six months in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. After completion of the study, the results showed that concomitant therapy using eucalyptol had notable improvement on respiratory function6.* To experience the internal benefits of Eucalyptol globulus, dissolve a doTERRA Breathe Drop in your mouth every two hours as needed.
The main chemical constituent in Peppermint essential oil is menthol. This compound has a unique “cooling” ability when applied topically, which gives doTERRA Breathe Vapor Stick® and other Peppermint-containing products their cooling effect7-9. Clinical research has shown oral administration of menthol (via infused lozenges) to be effective at treating sensation of airflow through the nasal passageways10. So for a convenient delivery of this soothing essential oil, doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Drops are a tasty alternative that can be taken anywhere you go.
Winter comes with several discomforts. Whatever Breathe product and application method you choose, breathe easy knowing this powerful blend of essential oils is on your side.