It’s that time of year when you’re either recovering from a sickness, in the midst of one or on the verge of catching something else. Freezing temperatures and never-ending snow wreak havoc on our immunities, so it really is important to make time for self care, to soothe ourselves back to wellness or boost our systems to prevent further illness from coming on.
In steps eucalyptus; another powerhouse of a plant. Eucalyptus is particularly amazing at clearing toxins, from both the air and our bodies. It has many powerful medicinal uses, is anti-bacterial and helps heal wounds.
One of the most effective ways to reap the benefits is to add about five drops to your diffuser before going to sleep. It will kill germs in the air and help rid your body of cold and flu bacteria. It is especially effective when clearing sinus infections.
If you are quite stuffed up, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl or sink, mix about 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in and cover your head with a towel. Inhale deeply for up to 10 minutes.
You can also massage it into your chest to loosen up phlegm and improve lung function. It is too strong to apply directly on to your skin so be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil.
You can also rub it into sore muscles and joints via a carrier oil.
Just remember that a little goes a long way so five drops is plenty. It is also too strong for children under the age of six – try using camphor oil instead which is much more gentle.
Boost wellness from your bath
A good soak is beneficial in so many ways, not to mention warming and relaxing in the depths of winter. If you’d prefer to reap the benefits of eucalyptus from your bath, make this blend for more than one usage. Please note this mixture is still beneficial if you only have one or two of the essential oils to hand.
Eucalyptus bath blend to boost immunity
|Eucalyptus Essential Oil||5 drops|
|Lemon Essential Oil||5 drops|
|Pine Essential Oil||2 drops|
|Tea Tree Essential Oil||2 drops|
|Coconut Carrier Oil||2 Tbsp|
- Combine all the oils in a dark glass bottle. Shake the closed bottle to thoroughly blend all oils.
- Pour 1 Tbsp of the blend into warm bath water.
- This blend can also be used as a decongestant and immune-boosting massage blend for the chest, back, and feet.
- Store the unused blend in a cool, dark place outside of the humid bathroom.