Eucalyptus oil for colds and flu
Recently, I contracted a cold, the flu, and a severe congestion in my chest. My 8 year old daughter also got sick.
One of the natural remedies I used was eucalyptus oil, which helped reduce chest congestion and flu symptoms.
Herbalists use this oil to treat colds, coughs, and other respiratory ailments. Eucalyptus helps loosen phlegm and improve lung function.
The active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is cineole or eucalyptol.
The oil is a fine decongestant and has strong germicidal and antibacterial effects. Some other uses of eucalyptus are skin problems, muscle aches and nerves. It has been used as a diuretic and to lower blood sugar.
This is how I use this oil to help me when I have a cold with a cough and chest congestion. Right before going to bed, I rub the oil on my chest and throat. Then I wrap a cloth around my neck to keep it warm and help the eucalyptus penetrate the skin.
If you have EMU oil, you can add a drop or two of EMU to eucalyptus oil to help it penetrate your skin faster and more deeply. EMU oil has the property of penetrating the skin and penetrating deep into the tissues and transporting any other substances that mix with it to the skin.
I use a lot of eucalyptus oil in the massage, but some of you may react to it, so rub it in a bit to see that it will be fine with it. If you use eucalyptus oil with other oils, it becomes less irritating.
Eucalyptus oil can also be used in a steam inhalation to help with colds or the flu. You can also mix eucalyptus with tea tree oil and massage your chest and back when you have the flu.
You can also mix eucalyptus with thyme, rosemary, and lemon and spread it around the room when you’re sick with the flu or a cold.
Use eucalyptus only for as long as you need to clear the cold. Long-term use of this oil has an effect on the liver.
Do not use eucalyptus oil on children under 6 years of age.