There’s one essential oil for cold symptoms that’s commonly used in many existing over-the-counter products like cough and cold medicines, sore throat sprays, breathing assistants, and even topical pain relievers.
That's right! It's Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
The Best Essential Oil For Cold & Cough Relief
Eucalyptus has been used for hundreds of years by Aboriginal tribes for its many anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. In fact, it’s become so popular that people are now growing it all over the world.
Did you know that it’s also one of the best essential oils for cold and flu relief?
To prove this, we’re diving into how it can help soothe unwanted symptoms such as runny nose, congestion or a nagging cough.
We’ll start with how eucalyptus essential oil can help you breathe better.
This is how Eucalyptus Essential Oil is produced
How To Use Eucalyptus Oil For Congestion
Eucalyptus essential oil is "widely regarded for its antibacterial and antiviral qualities” and may help clear your nasal pathways.
To create a mixture for inhaling this healing oil, add 10-15 drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of boiling water. Then, gently breathe in the soothing vapors for 5-10 minutes, allowing the steam to clear your nasal passages. You can also place several drops of eucalyptus essential oil to an essential oil diffuser, and leave it on throughout the night to ease restlessness.
Since eucalyptus essential oil can help thin mucus, it may also ease any congestion from your respiratory pathways, which is why it’s often considered the best essential oil for cold and cough relief.
And if you have to cough, remember to cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow (not your hand) to avoid spreading germs!
Here is a simple DIY recipe you may use to make your own homemade eucalyptus essential oil rub:
- 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 15 drops of peppermint essential oil
- ½ cup coconut oil or almond oil
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
Melt the carrier oil and beeswax over the oven in a double broiler. Then add in the essential oils. After thoroughly stirring the natural mixture, leave it to cool in a container.
Enjoy this DIY rub whenever a persistent cough threatens to ruin your day!
How to Use Eucalyptus Oil For A Cooling Effect
Eucalyptus essential oil can naturally help you cool down when you face overheating because of the 1,8-cineole (Eucalyptol). Here are three ways to help cool your body with eucalyptus essential oil:
Eucalyptus Oil Cooling Rub
Mix together 3-5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil with one teaspoon of a carrier oil - like almond or jojoba oil. Rub the mixture onto your temples, the back of your neck, and the bottoms of your feet. Use every 15-20 minutes as needed.
Eucalyptus Oil Body Compress
Add 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to 2 cups of room-temperature water. Put a few washcloths in the mixture, and then place the washcloths on your arms and legs. The compress will help cool your body naturally.
Eucalyptus Oil Forehead Compress
Combine 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil and 3 drops of lavender essential oil in a single cup of cold water. Dampen a washcloth in the water and put it directly on your forehead. The eucalyptus essential oil will help reduce your temperature while the lavender essential oil will help calm you with its pleasant aroma.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Side Effects
Eucalyptus essential oil, due to its high concentration, should be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil in a 1:10 ratio. We always recommend starting with low concentrations of eucalyptus essential oil until you find your tolerance for this amazing oil. This can vary from person to person, but a skin patch is often very helpful in determining sensitivity levels to different essential oils.
If you have any skin conditions or frequent dermatitis, you should consult with your doctor before use to prevent experiencing any adverse reactions. Please keep eucalyptus essential oil away from children. In the case of contact with eyes or any sensitive areas, you may experience redness, irritation, and discomfort.
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