If you’ve ever used cough drops or nasal inhalers, you’ve experienced the congestion-clearing powers of eucalyptus oil. Essential oil extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, a type of evergreen native to Australia, has long been used in cough drops and cold medications as well as in mouthwashes, toothpaste, detergents, and liniments for arthritis pain.
It qualifies perfectly as “cheap insurance,” as my dad would say: not only is it the least expensive essential oil available today, it is simple to use, effective at relieving congestion, and can also provide protection against respiratory infections.
There are an ever-increasing number of drugs available to deal with chest congestion but the side effects associated with the use of these drugs is a concern for many of you.
Home remedies for congestion are free from side effects and can provide instant relief.
Why not use simple easy to use remedies first?
Eucalyptus can encourage better breathing and help to open clogged nasal and bronchial passages. To relieve congestion, it can also be used by placing a few drops on a handkerchief or adding 10 to 15 drops to a vaporizer or some boiling water on the stove. Also, eucalyptus oil makes a soothing chest rub for congestion and mucus buildup when diluted with olive oil. In addition to clearing the air passages, inhaling eucalyptus has been shown to cause an increase in the uptake of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. This is great news for for anyone struggling with bronchial or respiratory problems.
As easy as a pot on the stove filled with steaming water plus a towel for a tent, steam inhalation therapy is quick but nonetheless effective. By inhaling the steam for approximately 10 minutes, one can often notice a difference immediately. Due to steam inhalation, the accumulated mucus in the respiratory tract loosens up, which helps break down and clear chest congestion.
A hot shower or bath can also contribute to ease the discomfort associated with chest congestion. Inhaling steam that has built up in the bathroom will moisten the air passages and thin out the mucus.
Those are the most efficient remedies out there for dealing with and kicking that stubborn, weekend ruining chest congestion we all love to hate. So why not try it today and see how much faster you find relief!
Check out our Eucalyptus and Menthol-based products for both home and spa for more information on how these can help you when you’re stuffed up.
Essential oils and other forms of plant medicine are getting a lot of attention. They all have various benefits and strengths, but we hold a special place in our hearts for Eucalyptus and won’t rest until we’ve told everyone about the reasons we’ve grown so fond of it.
Where is Eucalyptus Found?
People have said that the eucalyptus tree is one of the most useful trees in the world. Eucalyptus belongs to the same family as tea tree and grows most abundantly in Australia. The word eucalyptus means “well-covered” referring to the little plant cap that covers the flower before it buds. Tall and water-loving, Eucalyptus is one of the fastest growing trees in the world. It grows in damp marshy areas on moist land and clays, most often found in hilly countrysides or moist valleys in deep rich soils.
Medical Eucalyptus History
“In Australia, it was considered to be a ‘cure-all’ by the Aborigines. There are over 300 species and 700 varieties of Eucalyptus. The trees have been used for everything from paper, to mulch, shade, fuel, hardwoods, wind breaking and malaria-fighting. Its extensive root system absorbs vast amounts of water.
Eucalyptus oil was in huge demand during World War 1, as it was used to control a meningitis outbreak and for the influenza of 1919. Today the major Eucalyptus-producing countries include China, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Russia, and Chile.
With over 50 pounds of plant material needed for one pound of oil, Eucalyptus was not distilled until 1788, when Doctors White and Cossiden used its oil in treating problems of the chest. The first works of the antiseptic and bacterial properties of the oil were published in Germany by Doctors Cole and Homeyer. They classified it as being ‘sudorific, a stimulant anti-catharral and astringent’. It was prescribed for all respiratory system conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and flu. The original oil introduced to Europe was called ‘Sydney peppermint’ and quickly became popular. Traditional household remedies use both the leaves and oils for relief from respiratory ailments, feverish conditions, as well as for skin problems like burns, ulcers, and wounds.
Eucalyptus is one of the most universal and versatile of essential oils. Some of its many properties include analgesic, antiseptic, deodorant, expectorant, and vermifuge (anti-parasitic). Eucalyptus has a predominantly stimulating effect on the nervous system and therefore should assist those suffering from depression and lethargy. Known as a ‘stimulating’ expectorant due to its invigorating action on the mucous membranes, it is widely considered an effective remedy for respiratory ills. Additionally, Eucalyptus is used to relieve muscular aches and pains, in particular those of a ‘cold’ nature such as rheumatic pains.” – Ananda Apothecary
Eucalyptus has been widely used and studied by many cultures over the course of time, and the interest and information are only growing—for good reason, too! We believe that experiencing Eucalyptus on a regular basis is essential for your physical health and total wellness.
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As the cold season continues, it’s even more important to take care of our health and immune system. We hate being laid out, missing school and work, and we aren’t alone. But lucky for all of us, there is a power plant that helps keep us strong, protected, and cleansed to beat the colds that come our way: Eucalyptus. And we want to show you some of the best ways to use it for better health, a boosted immune system, and so much more!
5 Ways You Can Use Eucalyptus to Boost Your Immune System
Colds & Flu: Eucalyptus works as an expectorant. It cleanses your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick. One of the most effective ways to utilize eucalyptus for colds is to put our Eucalyptus ShowerMist into a diffuser before going to sleep so you can take advantage of the healing benefits all night long.
For more acute situations, you can make an at-home steam bath by pouring a cup of boiling water into a bowl, spraying the ShowerMist, placing a towel over your head, and inhaling deeply for 5–10 minutes.
Odor Remover: Whether you’re battling smelly shoes or a stinky dog bed, wash these items topically to remove odors with a wet rag, spray them with Eucalyptus, and then place them outside to dry in the sun. This will prevent odors as well as kill any bacteria to keep it from spreading.
Air Cleanser: Try spraying Eucalyptus into your vacuum and dryer filters to freshen and sanitize them. Also, to maintain a mold-free home, mix eucalyptus with other oils like clove and tea tree to cleanse the air around you.
Respiratory Problems: Eucalyptus essential oil is highly effective for treating respiratory problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia, and even tuberculosis. Using eucalyptus for asthma is a proven treatment that dilates the blood vessels and allows more oxygen into the lungs. Simply spray into your shower for a steam version of the ever popular vapor rub remedy.
Hair Nourishment: Give your hair a moisturizing pick-me-up with a few sprays of Eucalyptus oil into coconut or olive oil. This is great for warding off dandruff and an itchy scalp. Also, eucalyptus is used as a natural remedy for lice in replacement of chemical treatments.
As you can see, Eucalyptus has super strengths that go above and beyond when it comes to the support and nourishment of the body’s systems.
How do you use Eucalyptus? We’d love to hear from you, tell us in the comments below. And share if this article was helpful!
Prevention and care are the secrets to the longevity of health. Knowing the tools for prevention and care provides true control over your health.
We know there are many powerfully healing plants and natural remedies out there but are most fascinated by Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is one of the most effective plant oils that supports the immune system and overall health.
Eucalyptus is refreshing, stimulating, and a potent, long-lasting oil with a well-known aroma, right up there with the more common essential oils such as lavender, rose, and mint. Eucalyptus is a must-have for every family medicine cabinet, due to its antibacterial and anti-viral healing potency.
The Healing Benefits of Eucalyptus
- Respiratory aid with a strong influence on breathing and is helpful for regenerating lung tissue and function.
- Stimulates oxygen uptake in cell tissues and increases circulation. Increased oxygenation in the lungs promotes the cleansing and repair function of red blood cells.
- Eucalyptus is an excellent blood cleanser.
- Diffuse aromatically or use in a dilution of coconut or jojoba oil on the chest and upper back to treat bronchial problems.
- It’s a great expectorant and cough suppressant.
- Eucalyptus eases inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes, as well as nasal congestion.
- Eucalyptus helps to relieve fevers. Useful in cool compresses: apply to the forehead, back of the neck, and over the kidneys and pelvic region.
- Eucalyptus is a traditional remedy for sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, strep throat, colds and flu, hay fever, catarrh, coughs, sinus headache, and tension headaches due to congestion.
And the benefits go on and on. Due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial nature, Eucalyptus oil is something every home’s medicine cabinet should hold. That’s why we’ve formulated the strongest, most pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist on the market. Not only can it be sprayed into shower steam for a home spa style of medicinal use, but it can also disinfect rooms and surfaces.
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Why suffer through the throes of bronchitis when you can find relief easily, naturally, and in the comfort of your home?
We believe you have the right to feel good and experience excellent health. Bronchitis shouldn’t hold you back at all.
How to Get Relief from Bronchitis
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the trachea and bronchial tubes, typically resulting from a viral infection, such as a cold or flu. If you get bronchitis once, you tend to get it again. When essential oils are used at the earliest signs of bronchitis, they can help slow or even stop the cycle of inflammation.
- Avoid eating mucous-producing foods, such as dairy product, white flour products, and all products containing large amounts of white sugar. A diet of fruits and vegetables only for a week or two is a great diet for bronchitis.
- Increase your regular intake of water to at least ½ gallon daily (on a “normal” day, you should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces).
- Avoid very dry air by using a diffuser and or getting into steam as often as possible. Add drops of Eucalyptus oil to the diffuser to enhance the effect. Further, get our amazing Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist and spray it into the shower steam. Your lungs will open up quickly, and the relief feels great.
- Stay away from all tobacco or industrial smoke.
- Generally, avoid cough suppressants, since coughing helps to lift and eliminate the mucus that is generated by the bronchial inflammation.
Relief from bronchitis is possible without the use of dangerous drugs and chemicals.
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