COVID LONG HAULERS - Respiratory Health
Infection with COVID-19 can affect the respiratory system as a cough and shortness of breath to more severe symptoms. COVID long haulers are experiencing persistent shortness of breath, fatigue, cough, and chest pain. Lung recovery after COVID-19 is possible, but it might take time.
Here are some ways to improve respiratory function:
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb commonly used in high altitude regions of Asia to improve endurance during physical activity due to its enhancement of oxygen efficiency. Rhodiola is also commonly taken for fatigue, anxiety, depression, and stress.
Eucalyptus essential oil has been traditionally used for its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant actions to treat various respiratory conditions. Use an aromatherapy diffusor or dilute eucalyptus oil in boiling water and inhale the steam. Alternatively, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil and rub the mixture onto the chest.
Deep breathing exercises can help restore and strengthen diaphragm and lung function in addition to lessoning symptoms of anxiety and stress. Lie on your back and place your hands on top of your stomach. Breathe in through the nose and pull air down into your stomach where your hands are. Try to spread your fingers apart with your breath. Breathe out slowly.