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How to Do a Eucalyptus Steam (+ why it works!)

by Andrea Butje on April 15, 2019

Blog- April 15 - Blog TItle- How to do a eucalyptus steam- 600 x 900- V1Here’s how to do a Eucalyptus steam safely, so you get all the benefits of the essential oil without having to be concerned.

Eucalyptus is one of the most effective essential oils for issues like colds and coughs. It’s a strong natural immunity booster. (I’ll explain why it works so well after I share how to do a Eucalyptus steam.)

Steam itself has such therapeutic effects, too—it surrounds us, cradling us in nourishing warmth, helping us relax and release tension. Adding a little essential oil to the steam deepens its benefits.

But you don’t have to get in the shower or have a steamy sauna. You can do a “mini-steam” right in your kitchen!

First, fill a bowl with warm, steamy water. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Then add 1 drop of Eucalyptus essential oil. (Yup—just a single drop! Eucalyptus has a potent presence, and more than 1 drop can get overwhelming.)

Then close your eyes, lean over the bowl, and inhale the steam for a few minutes. I like to drape a towel over my head to concentrate the steam around my face.

Any time I start to feel sniffly or stuffy, I’ll do a steam two to three times that day—and it usually takes care of the problem before it develops into a cold.

You can learn more ways to use Eucalyptus essential oil in this video I created for YouTube. Along with showing you how to do a Eucalyptus steam, I show you how to use Eucalyptus for natural cleaning and topical pain relief. 

Now let’s talk a little more about Eucalyptus essential oil itself . . .

Eucalyptus essential oil comes from several places around the world, such as Australia, where the Aborigines have long used it for their own health. (Some reports tell us that they simply crush a few leaves in their hands, inhaling the fresh, penetrating aroma to clear their heads.)

The essential oil is excellent for decongesting the head and chest. It’s also good for calming inflammation, so it can ease those headaches and body aches you get during a cold or the flu. Since Eucalyptus is good at reducing infections and germs, AND at supporting immunity, it can help our bodies move back to health.

Eucalyptus-flower-500x465There are many different species of Eucalyptus, and most are great for respiratory care. My favorites are Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata.

WHY is Eucalyptus so good at all this? It’s all thanks to a little component called 1,8 cineole, which is present in the essential oil in large amounts.

This is so interesting, because anywhere you find 1,8 cineole, you’ll find these effects. (For example, another essential oil that contains 1,8 cineole is Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole) and it’s also amazing for respiratory support!)

Now that you know how to do a Eucalyptus steam, I do want to give you some safety notes about Eucalyptus essential oil.

Eucalyptus may not be right for everyone—especially people who have asthma or other respiratory issues. To be sure the oil is right for you, smell the lid of the bottle first. Does it make your chest feel tight at all? If so, choose another oil to steam with. Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) is a great choice!

Another safety note is that Eucalyptus may not be the best choice for children, especially those under five years old. It’s just very strong, and there have been instances where children had negative reactions to it. For kids under five, I suggest using a hydrosol to help rebalance their health. For kids between five and ten, Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana) is a wonderful substitute.

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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