Nasal and chest congestion are two pain points that we struggle with, every winter. And they both literally drain us to another level! Neither can we breathe nor can we sleep comfortably. Unfortunately, we have to deal with these conditions, because those nasal sprays and tablets are all worse than we thought. But there is one natural solution that can nip both these problems in the bud! Enter, eucalyptus oil.
Yes, eucalyptus oil is one of the most therapeutic essential oils that works wonderfully to tackle winter woes. The secret lies in the aroma of this oil. According to a study published in the Flavour and Fragrance Journal, essential oils like eucalyptus boast of antibacterial properties that help in clearing out the respiratory tract.
There’s another study that testifies this fact. According to PLOS ONE, taking aroma or steam of eucalyptus oil helps to curb inflammatory issues that can lead to problems like sinusitis in the longer run. Plus, deep inhalation helps in clearing out your lungs. It also helps to suppress other allergic reactions and infections that are caused by pollution.
1. It keeps severe nasal and respiratory problems like rhinitis, etc. at bay. So, no more choking and coughing.
2. The chances of cystic fibrosis also go down. This is basically a genetic problem that creates severe blockage in your chest, and makes breathing heavy.
3. It helps you sleep better, as it clears the breathing passage.
4. During nasal and chest congestion, you experience headaches and soreness in muscles and joints. Applying eucalyptus oil can provide relief in that case.
If studies are to be believed, essential oils like eucalyptus are helpful to disinfect your spaces, so go ahead and use it for fumigation. It kills the germs that are responsible for causing allergy, irritation, and nasal blockage.
According to the above study, you can either take the steam inhalation route or use eucalyptus oil as is. For inhalation, put around 12 drops of eucalyptus oil in 150 ml of boiling water, cover the container and your face with a fresh towel, and take steam three times a day. Make it a daily ritual in winters to completely clear your nasal passage.
Also, instead of using those harmful vapor rubs, you can rub eucalyptus oil on your chest and nose to get relief.
“Basically, eucalyptus oil has a soothing effect on the respiratory tract. Also, it helps in liquefying the mucus that blocks your nasal passage and chest. When you take steam, it helps to clear it, making your chest feel lighter and breathing easy,” says ENT specialist, Dr Abhijit Mantri from Apollo Spectra, Mumbai.
So ladies, just sniff on eucalyptus oil this winter, and breathe free.