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Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Fighting Colds and Respiratory Infections

Updated on November 29, 2010

Essential Oils enter the body by Inhalation, by absorption into the skin and by ingestion. (Ingestion can be dangerous if done alone)

I enjoy using essential oils and find them very therapeutic. I use them in vaporisers to give the home a refreshing fragrance and sometimes for health and Beauty purposes.


Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalptus oil is not one that I use to make the home smell nice because it has a medicated smell. However, there are a few ways it can be used to fight/prevent colds.

a) Putting a few drops in a Vaporiser. When I do this, I add a few drops of lemon oil but for just an hour, to tone down the Eucalyptus smell. (You get used to it after a while)

b) Putting a few drops on a hanky or tissue and inhaling. Again, I add a few drops of lavender oil or sometimes Mandarin oil to make it smell nicer.

c) Adding a few drops in a bowl with hot water. Cover your head with a towel, with your face over the bowl and gently inhale the steam. I hardly do this, as it is for when you actually do have a Cold. I prefer the top two which help prevent colds.


Eucalyptus Plant

They usually come in small bottles. 10ml, 20ml, 30mi or more.
They usually come in small bottles. 10ml, 20ml, 30mi or more.



a)    Help to treat respiratory infections such as bronchitis (in vaporiser or few drops on pillow)

b)    Can help muscular pain and stiffness if diluted in massaging oil.

c)     Can treat Skin Lesions but must be diluted.

d)    Can treat athletes foot, insect bites and head lice.


Ps: Use sparingly as it has a strong smell.


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    • Support Med. profile image

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Good advice for fighting colds/flu and opening up stuffed nasal passages. Eucalyptus Oil is great for that. I sort of like the aroma too. There is a plug in room freshener with the eucalyptus aroma to it; I think it's great. I do agree with you that the lavender oil is more appealing. They both work harmoniously together. Voted and rated.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Hello Fastfreta

      It's interesting to know that you like the smell. (It's not bad, just a medicinal odour. lol) I will try a bottle of geranium too. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Oh I don't know Lady_E, I kinda like the smell of Eucalyptus oil, but I'm strange anyway, I like the smell of geraniums, go figure. Anyway this is a very enlightening hub, one for the bookmarks. I actually like anything that's a natural healer or soother.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Cari - P/s remember to mix it with oil. If she doesn't like the smell, maybe add a few drops of a sweet smelling oil. Best Wishes.

      ** Thanks DeBorrah - Glad you enjoyed reading it. I appreciate your comments. Regards.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Lady E, Wonderful! Great tips on the multiple medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil! You are so resourceful! Thank you for sharing this information and keep up the good work!

      In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      I didn't know eucalyptus oil could be used to help relieve stiff muscles - am wonering if this would work for a child with Cerebral palsy. May have to try this for my daughter. Thanks for the info!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks for sharing that H P Roychoudry. Glad you stopped by.

      ** Hello FGual - Please dilute it in oil, don't apply directly to your skin. Thanks for stopping.

      ** Thanks Katrinasui - for your kind comments.

    • katrinasui profile image


      7 years ago

      It is really good to know about Eucalyptus Oil and its benefits. Great Hub! You are doing wonderful job here on Hubpages.

    • FGual profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Hello Lady E, this is a great Hub about the Eucalyptus plant which is all news to me. My wise mother tells me to apply some oil or cream on my dry skin, so I assume Eucalyptus works for that. Wishing you a great holiday season in the UK.

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Oil is essential for body that we came to know when Gandhi, the father of Indian Union had been staying in London during the study of his law course, he used oil, of course mastered oil to make his skin smooth and warm.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Prasetio - I'm glad you find it useful too. Nice of you to drop by. :)

    • prasetio30 profile image


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information and this hub very useful with us. I often use eucalyptus essential oil before going to bed, I felt warm after use this oil. I found other benefit of eucalyptus essential oil from you. Thank you very much.


    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Lol Acaetnna - About the "touch wood" I made sure I didn't mention me not having a cold too. I'm glad you enjoy the benefits. I think Lemsips and other medication are not effective. Thanks for stopping.

      ** Helloooo DrPastorCarlotta - I hope you find it useful. Lovely to see you.

      ** Hello Mike - interesting to know that you like the smell. Its nice to know you find it beneficial too. I guess we just get used to the smell afte a while. Thanks and Keep warm...

      ** Thanks Hello Hello - Nice to know you use it. I must stop by your profile again soon to see where we are travelling to in December. :)

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      It is a great product and I swear by it.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I like the eucalyptus smell, and I find it very soothing. It does have a medicine-like smell, but I like it. Thanks.


    • drpastorcarlotta profile image

      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I love remedies, this one sounds GREAT!!!!! Thank you! Voted-useful!!!!!!!

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      You are absolutely right Lady_E eucalptus oil is brilliant. I swear by it and haven't had a cold for years (touch wood that I haven't spoken too soon!) I can definitely vouch for it - great hub.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Nice to hear from you Dreamreachout. Hope all is well with you. One of the things I like about India is the use of natural remedies.

      Winter is very bad in London. Snow hit us bad. I Ski to work these days. lol

      Take care of you and your lovely princess.

      Best Wishes

      Elena x

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      7 years ago

      Elena, this is a very useful hub!! We in India always knew about the benefits of eucalyptus oil and its good that you have highlighted it here!!

      Howz everything at your end?? Howz London in winter? Catch up with you soon!! Cheers!!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Katie :) Hope none of you have colds this winter. Thanks for stopping. Keep warm.

      ** Hi Ruby, don't be put off by the first sniff. Honestly, its effective. I'm running low and hope to get a new 10ml soon as Snow and Cold has hit UK in a big way.

      Thanks. Take care. :)

      ** Wow anglnwu - you had them as Trees... Oh, I wish I was your neighbour then. I'd have also talked you into planting a Lavender Tree. Its nice that you use Eucalyptus too. :)

      ** Thanks Ladyt11 - I'm fine. Hope you are okay too. Nice to see yah. :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the useful info! How are you?

    • anglnwu profile image


      7 years ago

      I love Eucalyptus. I used to have some Eucalyptus tress in the backyard and every time, I crunch on the dried leaves, the smell that escapes is so soothing. Rated useful.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is new to me.The aroma would be worth trying.Thank you for sharing.


    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Good to know with two kids in school it seems one of us tends to have a cold and congestion. I appreciate the natural alternative of eucalyptus essential oils to fight colds and respiratory infections as we struggle with that each winter. Thank you very much. :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks aware. Best Wishes.

      ** Hi Andromida. I really hope you feel better. Colds are horrible to have. Black seed oils seem like a Natural remedy too. Looking forward to the update about it and thanks for the Tweet.

      ** Hello Islandvoice - that's good to know and truly our granny's know what they are talking about when they introduce us to natural remedies. Glad you find it useful too. Regards.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      My grandma introduced the use of eucalyptus to us, and i am a believer, and use it whenever needed. Good share, very useful

    • andromida profile image

      syras mamun 

      7 years ago

      I am fighting with colds over a month.I heard black seed oil also a good remedy for respiration related problems and just started using it.I will let you know how it works.I will tweet this hub.Thanks :)

    • aware profile image


      7 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Useful info .Plus its as fresh as they get . One minute new.



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