The cold and flu season is here and with it comes runny noses, coughs, and fevers! The next time you have a cough, instead of reaching for an over-the-counter cough syrup, reach for the Eucalyptus Essential Oil (E.O.)!
Eucalyptus E.O. has been used for centuries as an expectorant, decongestant, and mucolytic, which means that it can expel, clear up, and thin out yucky mucous (Essential Science Publishing, 2007). The home remedies to follow are remedies that I have used, for my older children and myself, when dealing with respiratory discomforts. I have found Eucalyptus E.O. to be very effective and it really works nicely to help remedy a cough.
1. Use Eucalyptus E.O. in an essential oil diffuser. Pour water in the well of your diffuser and add a few drops of E.O. I have a couple of candle diffusers and a couple of diffusers that plug into the wall and contain a nightlight. The nightlight then acts the same as the candle and, by heating up the water, diffuses the essential oil.
2. Make an Eucalyptus E.O. Chest Rub. Simply add drops of Eucalyptus E.O. to a carrier oil of your choice, such as, olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, etc., mix it in a clean container and apply to the chest. This application acts much like a vapor rub, clearing up the lungs upon inhalation, and clearing up the chest through skin penetration.
3. Apply Eucalyptus E.O. to a cloth and inhale. Simply apply a few drops of Eucalyptus E.O. to a cloth or pillow and then place on the chest of the person who has a cough. This way they may inhale eucalyptus's soothing properties. This trick is especially useful at night when coughing fits seem to keep kids and adults from sleeping soundly.
Have you ever used Eucalyptus e.o. to remedy a cough? What are your favorite ways to use Eucalyptus e.o.?
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"Chapter 2/single Oils." Essential Oils: Desk Reference. 4th ed. Orem, UT: Essential Science Pub., 2007. 58. Print.
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