A steam inhalation with eucalyptus is an effective natural treatment for colds. In Australia, dried eucalyptus leaves are smoked like tobacco for asthma
If you feel you have a heavy chest and have a bad cough try using eucalyptus essential oil. In a bowl of hot water add 2-3 drops of the essential oil, position your head over the bowl, cover with a towel and breath in and out. The hot steam with eucalyptus should relieve and open up your chest in a few minutes.
Combine eucalyptus with thyme, pine, camomile, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, marjoram, cedarwood or lemon. Use it for baths and air-sprays – this will protect you from flu and infectious illnesses.
Although eucalyptus is very beneficial for our health it can cause severe reactions if misused. It’s especially dangerous for children. If ingested it can cause bad reactions such as diarrhoea and vomiting (being just a gentle side effect) to convulsions.