By Deborah Casey 06/06/2022
In the beginning God breathed into man and he lived.
Access to fresh air is an unalienable right of all people; this means no lien can be made upon fresh air or access to it. The freshest air can be found in places such as woodlands, mountains, and the seaside. Problems with fresh and clean air arise from such causes as geo-engineering, deforestation, chemical crop spraying with glyphosate or other harmful substances.
The United Nations has made access to clean air a human right. The UK government is implementing clean air zones. Both the UN and UK approach to clean air is worthy of reading into and considering deeply. An aside is a suggestion to watch Planet of the humans!
Many people don't think or consider the importance of breathing and fresh air. Additionally, many people don't breathe correctly; most often quick, shallow breaths are made, and this prevents full inhalation and reduces blood saturation of oxygen.
Reduced oxygenation can cause various symptoms including:
shortness of breath
dizziness and tiredness.
weakened heart muscle
poor mental clarity and focus
reduced function of short-term memory
effect on mood
possible development of life-threatening cranial nerve stimulation
It is necessary to take time, throughout the day, to stop and bring attention to your breath. Good breathing is to inhale through the nostrils, pause and then release the breath through the nose or the mouth usually to the count of 4. This practice leads to more conscious connection to the breath and eventually you will begin to breath slower, deeper and more fully. This will increase oxygen saturation and improve the symptoms noted above.
Problems can arise with chest infections and there are some lovely essential oils that can support in aiding recovery. Use of essential oils must take into consideration safety information (not covered here) to rule out contra-indications (not covered here) it is recommended to seek the advice of a professionally qualified Aroma-therapist before using essential oils and certainly where there is a medication diagnosis collaboration with your medical physician is advised. Essential oils useful for chest infections/coughs/colds/asthma include but not limited to:
Herbal tea can also support in the reduction and removal of phlegm/secretions. I find the most gentle and useful is Marshmallow root tea, but there is also liquorice which needs consideration when there are other medical ailments and again collaboration with your medical physician is advised.
Using essential oils during breathing meditations can increase calmness and peace, aid clarity of mind, and support lung health. Remember God gifted us with the powerful herbs and plants for our benefit - used carefully and we can each benefit well.