Coughs, Colds and Eucalyptus Oils Oh My!
We are in the depth of winter here in Western New York. It is cold, windy and we have a lot of snow. Although this weather can bring coughs, cold and runny noses and there are essential oils that, when used properly, can provide relief. Our two favorite oils to help soothe wintertime coughs and colds are Eucalyptus Radiata and Eucalyptus Globulus.
E.Radiata, or narrow-leafed peppermint gum, is aromatically softer that E.Globulus, but still has that Eucalyptus aroma we all know. An excellent choice to help soothe sniffles, coughs and hoarse, scratch throats. This oil is wonderful to diffuse, or use in the shower.
E. Globulus, or blue gum eucalyptus, is the top gun of eucalyptus oils. When you smell it, you recognize it’s powerful aroma right away. This is a wonderful oil with many uses! Boost your respiratory system, soothe insect bites, or use in an insect repellent blend, or ease your aches, pains or sprains.
Do not take this oil internally! Always dilute in a carrier such as olive oil, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil or unscented cream or lotion. Use a 2% dilution, which is 10 drops to 1 oz of carrier oil.
Do not use with children under 10 years of age.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Julia Lawless
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Salvatore Battaglia