Pneumonia is an infection of the alveoli, which are the tiny air sacs inside the lungs. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms can all cause pneumonia, and doctors diagnose pneumonia through a combination of physical examinations, lab tests and chest X-rays.
Pneumonia can start out as a cold or virus (also bronchitis) and then mutate to include exhaustion, fever, shortness of breath and tender chest pain. This happens most often in children and the elderly, but adults of all ages can fall victim to this lung condition.
Eucalyptus oil (eucalyptus radiata) is both a decongestant and an expectorant, making it a great natural choice in treating pneumonia. Essentially, the powerful scent of eucalyptus oil works to loosen mucous in the respiratory tract, and helps to release chest congestion.
Inhalation of eucalyptus oil has also been shown to increase oxygen distribution from the lungs to the bloodstream, and this increase in oxygen aids further aids in relief and healing of the lungs.
How to use eucalyptus oil for pneumonia congestion:
Add 10-15 drops to a steam vaporizer or pot of boiling water. Tent a towel over your head and slowly inhale the steam for approximately 10 minutes at a time.
Dilute with unscented oil (such as olive, jojoba, or almond) for a quick and easy neck and chest rub. Add 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into chest and neck.
Add 10-20 drops of eucalyptus oil to a hot shower or bath for a full body treatment that will help clear and soothe airways.
Place a few drops on a clean towel or handkerchief. Hold near your nose for a quick congestion fix.
Make a heat pack by saturating a thick piece of absorbent cotton or wool flannel cloth with oil (coconut or almond works best). Warm the cloth in a low-temperature oven or microwave. Add 10 to 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the cloth and gently rub the cloth together to disperse. Apply the pack to your chest for 20-30 minutes. Repeat as necessary.
Our amazing essential oil blend BOOM can be used in place of the eucalyptus oil in these applications as well.
As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.