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Three Cough Remedies, That Work, Using Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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.

Eucalyptus e.o. drops into diffuser.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.

Homemade eucalyptus chest rub in a container.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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Mozey is a mother of four and a wife of twelve years. She enjoys making awesome DIY skincare concoctions and healthy home remedies. When She is not breast-feeding, changing diapers, or doing chores, she is usually talking to other moms about breast-feeding, poop, and how to get your kids to do chores!


    1. Mozey

      Absolutely! Actually, that is another great home remedy for cough relief, using Eucalyptus E.O. Just make a bowl of hot water, add a few drops of Eucalyptus E.O., and breathe in the vapors. It is even more effective if you drape a towel over your head as you do it. Alternatively, I have also added a few drops to my shower and inhaled the Eucalyptus and steam that way. My favorite, and by far the easiest, is to just add a few drops to a rag or cloth and, holding it over your mouth and nose, breathe in deeply. Works wonders. Thanks for the question, Oakland Dad! 🙂


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