Written by Luke Coutinho and published on 23 July 2021.
With the onset of winter, are you worried that your child will be affected by the seasonal cough and cold? Fret not! Eucalyptus, with its medicinal properties, can offer relief. Read on to know more.
The eucalyptus, a type of tree known for its quick growth, is a good source of wood, paper and essential oil.
Although native to the Australian continent, various species of eucalyptus are cultivated widely in the tropical and temperate world, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, China and the Indian subcontinent. In India, the eucalyptus is commonly referred to as Nilgiri.
For ages, the eucalyptus, as an essential oil, has been used for its health benefits. It is a natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties making it highly effective in treating cold, cough, wounds, acne, boils, insect bites, skin infections and more.
How is eucalyptus oil made?
To prepare eucalyptus oil, the leaves of the tree are dried, crushed and steam-distilled to release the essential oil. The extracted oil is then diluted and made ready for topical use.
Eucalyptus oil: An effective remedy for cold and cough
In our fight against the common cold, we have tried homemade concoctions, over-the-counter medicine and prescription drugs. However, very few of us know that eucalyptus oil can be used effectively to treat not just cold, cough and sore throat but also a host of other winter ailments. Some of them include chest congestion, bronchial asthma and sinusitis. In general, it is an ideal remedy for curing respiratory problems.
Here's how eucalyptus oil can be used:
Note: While using eucalyptus oil, care must be taken not to exceed the recommended dosage. There is always the risk of overdose with only a few drops of oil; so, it is very important to follow guidelines as well as to consult a healthcare professional before using it.
Also, as the oil is toxic, oral consumption can be dangerous. Use it only for external purposes as an application or for inhalation. It is also important to use it in a diluted rather than a concentrated form.
Luke Coutinho - Adviser of Integrative Lifestyle and Nutrition at Purenutrition.me
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