When you have a cough, you are likely looking for ways to treat its symptoms. Using natural ingredients to treat a cough is often preferable to over-the-counter or prescription medications. If you are looking for a natural alternative to help you breathe easier, look no further than eucalyptus essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil has natural compounds that are used in many products designed to treat coughs. Cineole is a compound that is present in eucalyptus which improves breathing. It is known to reduce inflammation in the airway.
Eucalyptus essential oil is an effective remedy to treat coughs and associated respiratory ailments like bronchitis, pharyngitis, and sinusitis. The use of Eucalyptus showed immune enhancing effects as it acts as an efflux pump inhibitor, influencing the body’s ability to deal with bacteria.
Eucalyptus for Healing a Cough
Eucalyptus has been used to treat cough from many decades. Many over the counter medications contain Eucalyptus as one of their major ingredients. Many decongestants have Eucalyptus. When rubbed on the throat and chest, they relieve the symptoms of cough and cold.
1. Clears your Chest
Eucalyptus oil is not only used to silence a cough but also to help you expel the mucus out of your chest.
Inhaling Eucalyptus essential oil(1) can help loosen mucus which is expelled out when you cough. Using a decongestant which contains eucalyptus oil will produce the same effect.
2. Helps to Breathe Easy
Respiratory conditions such as asthma and sinusitis can be treated by inhaling steam with eucalyptus oil added to it. The oil on the mucous membranes, not only reduces mucus but also loosens.
Eucalyptus also treats asthma symptoms very effectively.
3. Provides Respiratory Relief
Eucalyptus oil is majorly used by inhaling the steam to help ease cold symptoms. When inhaled into the respiratory system(2), it is believed to reduce the muscle spasms that can narrow your airway and make it difficult to breathe.
Eucalyptus oil acts as a gentle expectorant and promotes drainage from congested sinuses.
4. Controls Coughing
Eucalyptol, which is an active ingredient in Eucalyptus Oil helps to control a cough.
The steam inhalation is an effective method to loosen mucus and facilitates its removal from the body. Eucalyptus Oil chest rubs is another effective remedy for this purpose.
You can also try taking Eucalyptus lozenges all through the day to manage your cough between steam treatments.
5. Stimulates Immune System
Eucalyptus oil is known to increase phagocytic activity, which means that it can be used to boost the immune system.
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How to Use Eucalyptus oil for Cough Treatment
There are many ways in which you can use eucalyptus oil to treat your cough or cold. The compounds in eucalyptus oil provide a natural cooling effect, which makes it wonderful when you have a fever or suffering from cough and cold.
DIY’s of Eucalyptus oil for treating a cough at home
Method – 1
Boil 1 liter of water and add 10 to 12 drops of Eucalyptus oil to it. Cover the bowl with a clean dry towel with your head inside. Breathe in deeply through your nose, inhaling the steam for three to four minutes.
Method – 2
Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil like coconut oil or almond oil. Add 6 to 7 drops of Eucalyptus oil to this and mix well to an even consistency. Rub this mixture on to the throat and chest to get relief. This method releases congestion and promotes better breathing.
Method – 3
You can prepare your own cough compress with eucalyptus oil. Take 2 cups of distilled water and add 10 to 12 drops of Eucalyptus oil to it. Mix well. Take some pieces of clothes and soak them in this water. Rinse the water and place the soaked clothes on your throat and chest areas.
Method – 4
Fill your bathtub with hot water. Ensure that the temperature of the water is to a level where you can bear it. Now, add 12 to 15 drops of Eucalyptus oil into the bathtub. Have a nice bath by inhaling the aroma. This method also helps in clearing nasal congestion, loosening the mucus, clears the irritation in the throat and suppresses a cough.
Other Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
When diffused, Eucalyptus Essential Oil clears nasal passages, relieves mental exhaustion, enhances spiritual practices, and eliminates harmful airborne bacteria.
If used as a massage, Eucalyptus Essential Oil revitalizes skin and tired muscles, soothes nervous tension, facilitates easy breathing and enhances feelings of relaxation.
When used as a bath, Eucalyptus essential oil relieves pain, soothes irritated skin, rejuvenates sore muscles and protects against infection.
When used in cosmetics, Eucalyptus Essential Oil controls sebum production, relieves scalp itchiness, strengthens hair, boosts circulation, and alleviates inflammation and pain.
Eucalyptus essential oil improves respiratory conditions, relieves cough, sore throat, fights infections, treats seasonal allergies, reduces inflammation and pain, alleviates headaches, helps in wound care, boosts immunity and mental clarity, relieves skin irritations and alleviates muscle pains.