We are in the ideal time for the spread of colds, but nature; which is very wise has the solution to alleviate your symptoms. Most of us have heard of the properties of eucalyptus to decongest the respiratory system and we have even tried its vapors. The Australian aborigines already used it to heal wounds, cure fungal infections, as an effective fever reducer and also as an expectorant. Eucalyptus is a plant that has many uses; medicinals, disinfectants and cleaners. Among them is the use of its leaves and seeds to decongest the respiratory tract, either in derived products (creams, ointments, gels and oils) or in infusion with the famous eucalyptus fumes. Today we want to expand the range of possibilities that the leaves have with which the essential oil of this tree is made, which is at the best time for its collection. Nasal decongestant Add 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a bowl of hot water, cover the head with a towel and breathe in the resulting steam. It also helps you reduce nasal dryness so you can sleep well. In a few minutes you will notice how you have improved. Otitis and ear infections Eucalyptus is used to treat ear infections or otitis thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Inhalations of its steam will help you with the symptoms. Urinary infection Urinary infection or cystitis can be treated with the properties of eucalyptus. For this, you can make an infusion with its leaves (before ingesting it always consult a specialist to avoid adverse effects). Dental cleaner The antibacterial action of eucalyptus oil is perfect for eliminating germs from the mouth, reducing plaque and fighting gum disorders. Below we leave you a recipe to make your own toothpaste. Reduce cough Eucalyptus essential oil rubs previously diluted in another base oil (almond, coconut …), also help us to reduce coughs on the chest (never apply directly to the skin). Household disinfectant In addition to perfuming your home with a fresh scent; eucalyptus has important antibacterial properties. A good idea is to add a few drops to our regular cleaning products to take advantage of their extraordinary properties as a disinfectant. Lower the fever In cases where the flu is accompanied by fevers, its use is very complete, since this oil is antipyretic, anti-thermal, antipyretic … among others. You can make infusions with its leaves, but always consult a specialist before ingesting it for possible contraindications (we will indicate some below). Relieves tired or aching muscles If you have practiced intense exercise and you have muscular discomfort; you can put a few drops of essential oil mixed with a base oil and massage the area. Hair and scalp care If your scalp is dehydrated and you have dandruff or irritation, mix eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and you will reduce itching and discomfort. It is also a good remedy for lice. Insect repellent Insects don’t like strong odors, which is why eucalyptus oil is a good repellent for them. The oil should never be applied directly to the skin; It must always be diluted in a base oil. Aromatherapy Eucalyptus is a refreshing and highly stimulating oil. This oil is ideal for enhancing concentration and maintaining energy levels. Further; with a bouquet decorating your home you will get a wonderful aroma of eucalyptus forest. Eucalyptus toothpaste: • 6 tablespoons of coconut oil • 6 tablespoons of baking soda • 25 drops of eucalyptus essential oil • 1 tablespoon of stevia powder Note: not suitable for children. Contraindications of eucalyptus People who are taking medications to lower blood sugar levels should avoid interaction with eucalyptus, in any of its forms. Eucalyptus essential oil can present contraindications, so we must moderate its use a lot and dilute it with carrier oil if we are going to apply it through the skin, as it can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. The use of eucalyptus essential oil with young children should be avoided, and pregnant or lactating women should also avoid its consumption. The eucalyptus grows mainly in the Northwest of our Peninsula and is considered by many an invasive species. However, being able to take advantage of all these properties to improve our health is a privilege that nature gives us. May it never be missing in your medicine cabinet! Source: El granero and ecocosas.