Eucalyptus steaming is a little hidden gem, and definitely something to consider if you are feeling congested. Plus it smells o-so-good! Eucalyptus oil is thought to be anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Eucalyptus oil also stimulates immune system response.
Eucalyptus oil helps loosen phlegm, so breathing in eucalyptus steam is commonly used by people to help treat nasal congestion and sinus congestion, symptoms very common with bronchitis, coughs, and the flu.
Steam inhalation can be done two to four times a day to relieve symptoms.
Here are some tips for using eucalyptus through steam inhalation:
- In either a steam room, wet sauna, or hot shower, place five drops of eucalyptus and three drops of lavender on the shower floor or sauna/steam head. Breathe deeply for 2-5 minutes while the steam diffuses the oils.
- Drop five drops of eucalyptus into a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head.
- Put a few drops of eucalyptus on a small piece of paper towel (not a tissue). Take a few deep sniffs of it and leave it next to your bed at night or your desk if daytime.
Eucalyptus oil should not be ingested, applied directly to the skin, or used in excess of suggested amounts. Definitely don’t get it in your eyes and wash your hands after handling the paper towel or if you touch the oil.
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Live Superfoods