Whooping cough, which is characterized by a sudden intake of breath or ‘whoop’ after a bout of coughing, can develop after a respiratory infection such as a cold, and usually affects children under the age of eight. Lavender’s antispasmodic properties have a calming effect and help combat the primary infection.
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Use lavender in vaporizers in the bedroom, for the course of the illness, and in steaming hot inhalations (to soothe the bouts of coughing).
Apply a hot compress to the chest using a few drops of lavender to facilitate breathing, or massage neat into the throat.