Eucalyptus is one of those herbs that is commonly reached for when a cold is coming on. It has a lot of therapeutic properties including being antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and expectorant.
The personality of Eucalyptus is one that is refreshing, reviving and restoring. In aromatherapy it’s the kind of essential oil you’d diffuse when you’re feeling a little down or stuck and need a boost. It will cleanse negative feelings and bring newness into the air.
During respiratory infections it’s used to clear the air passages and improve respiratory function. For colds and flu, Eucalyptus can be your best friend. Breathing in (diffusing or by steam) can help you breathe better and also relieve congestion during a bad cold or the flu.
It’s also a really good choice for aching muscles too. And Eucalyptus can also come handy as it’s an excellent insect repellent (dilute well with a carrier oil before applying to skin).
Ways to use Eucalyptus
- Bath soak – 2 cups of Epsom bath salt and 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oils to relieve muscle aches and chills
- Vapor Rub alternative – 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil diluted with 1 oz of extra virgin olive oil on your chest, back and bottom of your feet.
- Insect repellent – mix 10-12 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil in 1 oz of jojoba oil and apply to your exposed skin. Be careful about essential oils on your face!
- Clear the air ~ diffuse 5-6 drops in an essential oils diffuser in any room where there’s been negativity or conflict.
Things to consider about Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus taken orally is toxic in particular when taken in larger doses. For example if you make a tea with Eucalyptus you should only use 1/2 tsp of dried Eucalyptus (or 1 leave if fresh) to one cup of boiled water and not take it more than 3 times a day. For safety considerations I don’t recommend internal use of Eucalyptus for a child. Keep in mind that when diluting essentials oils for children you use a lesser amount of essential oils than you would for yourself. However, Eucalyptus is not recommended if you’re pregnant or nursing.