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The Difference Between Your Upper & Lower Respiratory Tracts

The respiratory tract of humans, and other animals, is separated into two sections based on the position and function of the organs involved.

The main difference between your upper and lower respiratory tract is that your upper respiratory tract mainly controls the transfer of air to the lower respiratory tract while the lower respiratory tract is mainly involved in controlling the movement of gasses into and out of the body.

You will notice that mucus is produced in both the upper and lower respiratory tracts as it is an important part of our immune system. Mucus captures foreign materials; such as dust, bacteria and viruses so that they are easily expelled from the body without causing an infection.

Your body may sometimes produce excess mucus which can cause symptoms such as breathing difficulties, coughing and wheezing.

Additional fun fact: The immune system has multiple barriers in place to prevent potential infections; especially at the sites of entry such as your nose, mouth, respiratory tract including the lungs, skin, eyes, etc. In addition to mucus, these barriers include enzymes, hairs, cilia, symbiotic microorganisms and much more.

For a natural way to clear and soothe your upper respiratory tract use Sinus Clearing Blend by Aromatherapy Clinic on your chest like a vapour rub, inhale directly from the bottle or add to a steaming bowl of water and allow the vapours to soothe your blocked and irritated airways.

For lower respiratory tract congestion and a chesty cough I recommend Respiratory Blend by Aromatherapy Clinic.

For aromatherapy-related questions please send us an email or use the handy form on our website.

Thank you for reading. We are here to help you on your journey to better health.

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