My son has sleep apnea.
Q. Dear Terry, “My son has sleep apnea, He sleeps for long periods of time and yet he still feels sleepy and tired after long sleep. He also snores very loudly. He is thinking of using a CPAP machine. Do you have some natural options that he could try first?” — Jeannie P., Sarasota, FL
A. Dear Jeannie, I suggest your son try adding eucalyptus and myrtle oils to his daily regimen. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. I suggest taking 160-320 mg total of these two oils three times daily.
If your son is a little bit on the brave side and wants to try my personal recommendation, he should swish the oils in his mouth once or twice daily. This allows the fragrance of myrtle and eucalyptus to permeate throughout the lungs and nasal passages. While it is an intense flavor, I find it effective and invigorating. If he does not prefer this method, swallowing the oils will also be effective.
When choosing formulas, make sure they feature concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
Your son may also want to consider extracts of thyme and ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries for use with colds, cough, bronchitis and even asthma. I suggest taking a total of 250-500 mg of these two ingredients up to three times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.
Terry . . . Naturally