Respiratory problems are becoming common due to the high pollution levels in the cities. Cold, flu, and lung congestion are common these days. These infections can make any person feel nasty and irritated. When the respiratory infections occur, the lining of the respiratory tract produces more mucus. This takes place to remove the infection causing particles. One of the quickest ways to get relief from respiratory infections is to use eucalyptus oil. This oil is the main ingredient of cough syrups and vaporizer liquids due to its ability to fight bacteria and viruses. A chemical called eucalyptol present in eucalyptus oil is responsible for its effectiveness in treating respiratory problems.
Therapeutic steam containing eucalyptus is highly effective in reducing cold, cough, congestion, bronchitis, relieving sinus pain etc. You can add 2 to 5 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 to 2 liters of simmering water to make the steam. You can also use vaporizers or humidifiers to make the steam. If you are not able to use steams you can try inhaling the eucalyptus oil by adding few drops to a tissue. There are inhalers available with eucalyptus oil content for on the go use. Spraying a mixture of eucalyptus oil and water in the room serves as a disinfectant. Spraying eucalyptus in rooms can prevent respiratory infections.
Eucalyptus oil has been in use for cleansing the lungs for centuries. The decongestant and expectorant properties of the oil benefit the lungs and the entire respiratory system. The antiseptic properties, anti-inflammatory properties and germicidal properties of the oil help in cleansing the lungs. You will be able to breathe easier. It helps to fight allergies and throat infections when inhaled. This oil also has a great role to play in the regeneration of lung tissues.
Apart from the direct use by inhaling the eucalyptus oil, it can be used along with other medical preparations and products. You can add the oil to commercial lozenges to soothe your throat. Adding a few drops of oil to the water and using the mix for gargling will help in relieving a sore throat. Applying the oil topically on throat gives a soothing effect and makes breathing easier. You can make vapor rub mixing eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil and massage it to the chest and throat to relieve congestion. To get the best effect from eucalyptus oil, make sure that you are using organic eucalyptus oil. When inhaling the eucalyptus oil keep the eyes closed to reduce the burning sensation and watering of the eye.