For the Cold and Flu Season
Herbal House by Katie
Eucalyptus Globulus is NOT recommended for use on children under the age of 10 due to it's effect on the respiratory system. Eucalyptus Radiata has been deemed safe for children 2 and older, but this is a more mild oil. Always check with a healthcare provider before use.
Misuse of eucalyptus oil can cause skin irritation when used topically, if not diluted properly.
If overused when inhaling via steam or diffuser it can cause dizziness, nausea, GI tract upset and trouble breathing. A good rule-of-thumb is to stick with 3-4 drops and increase as you need.
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Something To Try:
For that cold that just won't quit where you can’t breathe out of your nose and your lungs are full, try this simple trick!
Heat 6 cups of water over the stove until it is steaming/almost boiling then turn the stove off and let the water cool for about 1 minute (but make sure the water is still hot enough to steam).
Put 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil in a heat-safe bowl and pour the hot water into the bowl. SAFELY put your face over the bowl, with a towel draped over your head and breathe in the steam for 5-7 minutes.
Your respiratory system will feel more open, you may get some good deep breaths and your nasal passages will open up.
Remember: the steam will make your face sweat and will release free radicals and bacteria from your skin. After the steam it is important to hydrate with lots of water!
Did You Know?
Eucalyptus trees are also known as gum trees, due to the fact that trees emit a gum-like substance. These trees are native to Australia. The aborigines used this “gum” to fasten ties and branches together on the end of fishing spears and other handmade tools needed for hunting and fishing. They have also used the oil from the leaves for relief of wounds, fever and immunity support for hundreds of years.
The leaves of the eucalyptus tree (there are 700 difference species of this tree) are long and hang downward so they don’t get direct sunlight which would affect the amount of water the leaves lose.
About the author: Katie Ayer-Brann