Eucalyptus: The cold & flu warrior
To help in the fight against cold and flu season, consider adding essential oils to your winter arsenal, as they are antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral to help fight off infection. They also boost your immune system as a natural alternative to medicines and supplements. Not to mention their ability to uplift our spirits and bring a little bit of sunshine when we most need it.
When we lock ourselves inside during the long cold winter months, we find ourselves in the perfect environment for airborne illnesses, with no circulation of fresh air in the cold and dry indoors. Infusing your space with an essential oil wellness warrior is a simple and effective solution.
One of my favourite essential oils for the cold and flu season is Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus).
This beautiful aromatic plant comes from Australia with a clean, penetrating, and medicinal aroma of wonderfully fresh notes that make it one of the most effective essential oils for respiratory infection and congestion. Eucalyptus makes for an extremely versatile oil with powerful antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory action.
Only a few drops are required, as these botanical oils are very concentrated and powerful. A high-quality certified organic bottle should definitely be in everyone's medicine cabinet during cold and flu season, as this remedy is truly indispensable for all types of infection control.
What makes Eucalyptus so effective? Its high 1,8 cineole content, a natural chemical component within the oil that comes with all kinds of benefits. For instance, it makes for a strong expectorant for mucus in the lungs to help reduce coughing and congestion. It also contains analgesic properties to relieve headaches while reducing the swelling, aches, and pains commonly associated with sickness.
At about 80% of 1,8 cineol content, Eucalyptus is easily one of the most powerful warriors in the fight against cold and flu viruses. Here are a number of ways you can use it to your advantage:
Diffuser. Add 3-4 drops to an electric diffuser that uses water to disperse the oils. Run at 30-60 minutes intervals once or twice a day.
Tissue. Place 1-2 drops on a tissue to slip inside your pillowcase at night or carry in your pocket during the day to inhale when needed.
Room spray. Make a simple blend by filling a 60ml mister-topped bottle with distilled water or vodka. Add 24 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil, shake, and spray. Be sure to give it a quick and gentle shake before each use. For home, office and even your car!
Bath. For aches, pains, and chest or nasal congestion, add 5-7 drops to your bath. Slowly inhale the aroma and feel your airways clear and your aches and pains ease.
These applications are safe for adults but it is highly recommended to take caution when using any essential oils with children, babies, pets, and the elderly. Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. Dilution levels should be very low and essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil such as Sunflower, Jojoba, or Olive oil.
As with any essential oil, be sure to exercise caution. Discontinue use if irritation occurs and seek proper medical attention for ongoing cold and flu symptoms. Avoid use during the first trimester of pregnancy and always avoid direct contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Please note: The information provided is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. Please consult your health care professional with questions or concerns about ingredients or the use of our products. We recommend doing a patch before use.