Eucalyptus Oil: Using eucalyptus oil for coughs March 13 2014
Eucalyptus oil has long been used in over-the-counter cough drops and cold medications, perhaps most commonly extracted for use in Vicks vapor rub. Essentially, the powerful scent of eucalyptus oil works to loosen mucous in the respiratory tract, and helps to release chest and nasal 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 in relief.
How to treat a cough with eucalyptus oil:
Add 5-10 drops to a humidifier or steam vaporizer. Use this at all hours of the day to help keep airways clear and calm.
Add 10-15 drops to a 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.
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.