Eucalyptus: the natural antiseptic



As a collective we are traversing new challenges as we face the global pandemic that is coronavirus. A lot of information has been circulated by the health departments about correct hand washing and proper hygiene that we must instil as a basic every day practice. There are many other ways we can improve our immune system to remain healthy, and it doesn’t need to be expensive or complex.

Eucalyptus oil has been a household staple for generations, yet essential oils don’t necessarily receive the attention they deserve. Eucalyptus is a must have because it is so versatile in its uses.

First and foremost, eucalyptus is an excellent antiseptic for virus or infection. Add a few drops to a vaporiser and allow the aroma to fill and cleanse the room. Put several drops into a spritz bottle, preferably a dark colour bottle, with distilled water and use it as room deodoriser, which also acts as an antiseptic.

Eucalyptus works well as a decongestant. A couple of drops to a steam inhalation will help reduce fever, clear the sinus, reduce headache, improve oxygen uptake, clear the mind and revitalise your skin. You can also add a few drops to your pillow to help with cold and flu symptoms.

If you are feeling unwell, add a few drops to a warm bath or a massage base oil such as almond or jojoba and rub into your neck, shoulders and chest. Eucalyptus is an expectorant, which means it helps to break down mucus so particularly good for coughs, colds or congestion.

Also, adding a few drops to your laundry linens and towels can help remove germs and bugs, and gives a fresh fragrance. It’s an invigorating and clarifying camphor smell that can be quite strong so just a few drops is all that is needed.

Eucalyptus should not to be applied directly to the skin without dilution as it can cause irritation and it should not be consumed.


Choose wisely. Live vibrantly.

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