Phlegm is produced by the mucosal cells which line the airway passage or respiratory tract throughout the body. Phlegm is produced as a reactionary and defense response by the body when it encounters viral, bacterial or carcinogenic, or any other harmful substance. Phlegm in the lungs is a common symptom for those suffering from bronchitis, asthma or with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc. If the phlegm is not taken care of and it remains in the lungs, there is a possibility of it getting infected, which can further aggravate the situation.
Options for oils to be used: two drops of each in two ounces of sunflower or calendula oil.
Top Note Oil Middle Note Oil Base Note Oil
Basil Cypress/Lavender Benzoin
Cajaput Lavender/Peppemint Origanum
Lemon Marjoram/Rosemary Cedarwood
Sage Melissa Cinnamon
The chest area of the client is to be massaged to be able to expunge the phlegm or sputum build-up in the lungs, in the following sequence using the following strokes.
a. The aromatherapist, using the oil of choice in discussion with you, will start with long gliding strokes from your shoulder to the navel.
b. Then they will work around the breast - not over them.
c. Glide technique with palm will also be used to work down to the center of the chest.
d. The aromatherapist will then use a hand each for the side of the chest and work up to the shoulders.
e. Next, the rib area is worked upon. This is the important area. Your ribs at the lateral sides will be mildly to moderately tapped upon to encourage sputum dislodging.
f. Placing one hand on the base of one side of the ribcage, the therapist will glide up the sides of the rib to the front of the chest. For this the therapist’s hands should follow each other using flowing strokes.
g. Then they would move higher up the body using the same flowing strokes.
h. Lastly, the massage routine followed by the therapist will involve the pulling up to the side of the torso beneath the breast to the armpit.
i. This will then be repeated on the other side.
j. After the chest area, they will let their hands (both) rest on your belly.