Try Eucalyptus Essential Oil to Help Relieve Your Cold and Flu Symptoms

There are so many bugs and illnesses going around, I hope you are all managing to avoid them.  However, if you are suffering, try using Eucalyptus Essential Oil to help relieve your cough, cold, flu and sinus symptoms.  This oil is commonly used during the winter months due to its antiviral and decongestant properties. 

Inhalation is an effective way of enjoying the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.  Healing is triggered as the lungs readily absorb the oil molecules, which then enter our bloodstream.  As vapours are inhaled impulses pass along the olfactory nerve from the nasal cavity, which is connected to the limbic system in the brain. This part of the brain deals with memory and emotion.

 
 

 

Here are a few ways you can use Eucalyptus Essential Oil at home.

Aromatherapy  Diffusers

If you have a diffuser or candle burner at home add 3-6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (check the safety precautions and usage of your appliance as you may need to add the oil to water).  If you do not have a burner soak a handkerchief or muslin in some water, add 4-6 drops of oil and place it on a warm radiator.

Handkerchief/Tissue

Another way to help is by applying 1-2 drops on a handkerchief/tissue and sniff at intervals or place it beside your bed or close to your pillow.

Steam Inhalation

This is also a great way to help with congestion.  Use about a litre of hot water and add 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the surface. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam for about 2-3 minutes 2 or 3 times a day.

Precautions

If you are pregnant or have a medical condition consult your GP before using essential oils at home.  Keep all oils out of the reach of children.  Wash hands after use and avoid contact with your eyes.

Hopefully the snow and all the nasty bugs will soon be gone and spring will be on its way!