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Pavitra Sampath December 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm
Have a blocked nose, itchy throat and fever? Instead of reaching for that pill or cough syrup, you could try using natural remedies to help ease the situation. A good remedy for a cough and cold or flu is eucalyptus oil. Extracted from the eucalyptus tree, this oil has a number of health benefits including powerful anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti septic, astringent, antispasmodic , analgesic (pain killing) and expectorant properties.
Studies have found that eucalyptus oil helps increase circulation in the body, increases the number of phagocytes (cells that destroy bacterial cells), helps expel phlegm and decongests the airways. And if you want to keep common infections at bay, eucalyptus oil is your best friend. A study performed at the University of Rome, found that eucalyptus oil has immune boosting properties, that helps your body react to infections more efficiently .
How to use it to relieve the symptoms of a cold
Remedy #1: For a blocked nose
Take a few drops of eucalyptus oil and add it to a vessel of boiling hot water. Carefully place your face over the vessel and inhale the vapours. It is essential that you inhale the vapours through your nose and exhale through your mouth. This will help reduce the inflammation of your mucosal linings, expel the phlegm built up in your airways and help make you breathe easier. Do this at least three times a day in case of a severe cold and two times a day in case of a moderate one. (Read: Home remedy for cough and asthma — mint leaves or pudina)
Tip: Make sure you cover your head, and forehead well after you finish the inhalation process. This will avoid further congestion, due to the sudden change in temperature.
Remedy #2: For easy breathing while sleeping
When you sleep or lie down, you might have noticed that it gets more difficult to breathe. All the mucus tends to collect in the nose and throat sometimes causing breathlessness. A good remedy to beat that is to apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a soft cloth and placing it just below your pillow cover. The gradual release of the oil’s aroma will help unblock your nose and give you a good night’s sleep. Do this for at least three nights in succession. (Read: How to get instant relief from cough)
Remedy #3: To relieve a blocked nose during the day
Most people don’t have the time to practice inhalation three times a day. So if you are on the go, this remedy is for you. Take a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your handkerchief (do not put it on tissue it will not help as the oil will evaporate very quickly), and keep sniffing it throughout the day. To help the scent last longer you could seal the handkerchief in a zip lock bag and sniff it when you feel really uneasy. You could alternatively carry a small bottle of the oil with you and reapply it to the handkerchief throughout the day.
Tip: Do not use the same handkerchief to wipe your face and nose, eucalyptus oil tends to sting and can be quite uncomfortable if applied inside the nostrils.
The best part about eucalyptus oil is that it does not stain your clothes and evaporates really quickly, so you can use it safely without the fear of ruining your favorite clothes.