Eucalyptus Oil for Coughs and Colds

Because it is known to be a good decongestant, eucalyptus oil for cough and colds is a must look into home remedy.

Different Ways to use Eucalyptus Oil for Cough and Colds

Inhalant to Soothe Clogged Nose

For simple colds and cough, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your handkerchief and inhale into your hanky for the soothing aroma to alleviate your symptoms.  It is also possible to add the drops to your pillow so that it soothes your respiratory problems while you sleep.  This is a good suggestion if is harder to sleep because of clogged nose because of colds.

Steaming Water Remedy

If you have sinus problems or chest congestion, you can do more with this oil.  Add five drops of eucalyptus oil to a steaming hot water in a large bowl.  Get a towel and make a tent, covering your head while you hold your face above the steaming bowl of water.  Inhale the steam deeply allowing it to pass through your clogged sinus and into your lungs.  Do this for at least five minutes. When the water cools, just add more hot water to continue inhaling the steam.  For severe cases of colds, nasal and chest congestion, it is recommended to do it three times a day to get the desired effect.

You can also add other essential oils, both for additional healing properties of other oils or if you don’t like too much the scent of eucalyptus oil.  Some recommended oil that could be added to your steaming hot water mixture are lemon or sage oil.  Both are very good inhalant oils and will aid to remedy your cough and cold problems sooner.

Chest Rub

It is also possible to make a homemade chest rub with this oil.  Find a small glass jar, probably a baby’s food jar to put your mixture.  Pour a small amount of beeswax, which you may buy in ground beads that is easily melted.  Find a carrier oil or what they call a blending oil.  Suggestions for this include jojoba or grape seed or apricot kernel oil.  Measure four or five times the amount of the beeswax and add together.  To explain further – if you put one teaspoon of beeswax, add four or five times teaspoon of your chosen blending oil.  The more oil you add, the softer your mixture will be.

Put the small jar with your mixture on a saucepan with hot water and allow the beeswax to melt.  When it is totally melted, remove from the heat and allow it to cool.  As the resulting mixture starts to thicken into gel when it cools, put 5 drops of eucalyptus oil and 5 drops of camphor oil for each tablespoon of the oil and beeswax mixture.  A word of caution though – do not add the essential oil while the mixture is still hot because the active ingredients in the oil will evaporate and your resulting chest rub will not be as effective. Whisk the mixture rapidly to allow the essential oil to completely blend into the mixture as it starts to cool.  This could be used as a chest rub for colds and it could also be used to soothe and relax over exerted muscles.