A fever can accompany a virus or an infection, and refers to a symptom rather than a
specific illness. Basically , it’s the body’s reaction to and means of fighting an “invasion” of
infection or illness. In response, the body produces excess heat, which stimulates white
blood cells to produce antibodies that fight the invading microbes. Some bacteria and
viruses can only tolerate a narrow temperature range, so heat can help to kill them or at
least inhibit their reproduction.
Eucalyptus essential oil (eucalyptus radiata) is known for its antiviral, anti-inflammatory,
and antiseptic propertie and can provide effective relief for a fever. This is because it is
considered to be a vasodilator, meaning that it helps to widen blood vessels and as a result,
blood circulates more effectively throughout the body. This translates to an increase in
blood flow that can be very beneficial, especially during a time when the body’s immune
response generates a fever due to an invasion on the system.
Place 1-3 drops of eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball and apply to the temples. Eucalyptus oil can also be applied directly to the temples one drop at a time. Repeat every hour until fever breaks.
Add 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil to 2 cups of warm water. Soak cotton cloths or washcloths in the mixture, wrap them around legs and arms, and cover with dry cloths.
Place 15-20 drops in 1 cup of cool water. Soak a soft washcloth in the mixture and gently place to cover the area. Hold it onto the forehead and repeat as necessary.
For a low-grade fever (100-102 degrees Fahrenheit), add 15-50 drops of eucalyptus oil to a warm bath. Combined with the benefits of the oil, the heat of the water encourages the body to work efficiently in fighting whatever it is that has caused an immune response. For additional benefits, Epsom salts can be added to the water as well.
Our essential oils blend BOOM contains eucalyptus oil as well as several other beneficial oils. This can be used instead of eucalyptus for its other qualities as well.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. 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.