Make an Antiviral Cold Remedy Using Eucalyptus

Edited by Jonathan, Eng, Lynn

Herbal treatments like eucalyptus boost natural immunity and help the body heal by itself. Your colds will not vanish immediately, but using eucalyptus increases the chance that you will get well sooner and feel completely better much sooner than expected. Also, when the next cold season comes along, you will be less likely to catch a cold. You have probably by now realized that conventional pharmaceutical medicine does not have much to offer the weary cold sufferer. Over-the-counter therapies like aspirin and paracetamol, or even prescription drugs, only suppress the symptoms of colds. It is as if in an illustration, you are just pushing down the dirt, but then, later it will leak, and the dirt (illness) will seep in. They do not really cure or heal the illness in a fast way. Antihistamines can dry the sinuses, but they can also irritate the nose and the throat, and lengthen the infection. Meanwhile, antibiotics, including penicillin, do not target the viruses at all. Antibiotics should be prescribed only if a bacterial infection appears following a cold. Researchers have discovered that some herbs like eucalyptus destroy viruses, and they are studying how to convert these herbs into pharmaceuticals.

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eucalyptus: the herb and the vapor rub mix


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    To make herbal medicine like eucalyptus go down easier and taste better, mix the herbs for colds with virus-fighting apple or grape juice
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    You can make your own essential oil vapor rub (which includes eucalyptus) for home use
    It is designed to be directly rubbed to the chest and the throat. This therapy relies on eucalyptus and peppermint to produce a sensation of heat that reduces constriction through the stimulation of blood circulation. The oils in this vapor rub are absorbed by the skin to kill infection and relieve congestion. This therapy's other purpose is as an antibiotic scent which is inhaled into the lungs.
    1. Ingredients of the essential oil vapor rub: 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 10 drops peppermint essential oil, 3 drops thyme essential oil, and 1/8 cup olive oil.  
      1. After the ingredients have been combined, rub on the chest and the throat.
      2. Increase the warmth of the balm by rubbing the oil briskly into the skin. A warm flannel piece will then increase the warming sensation when placed on the chest after the skin rubbing.
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    Make a steam inhalation bowl
    Heat water up to boiling point on a stove or in an electric kettle. Pour the water into a large bowl with three to four drops each of essential oils (including eucalyptus). Cover your head with a large bath towel over the bowl (so that the steam will be concentrated in one place) and direct your nose towards the hot steam to inhale it for several minutes. Be warned that the steam could burn your face, so make sure you are at a safe distance. A good mix for a steam inhalation bowl would be:  
    1. Eucalyptus - one of the best oils for colds. It is antiviral, antibacterial and a decongestant.
    2. Lavender - same properties as eucalyptus, plus it is relaxing.
    3. Pine - a decongestant.
    4. Tea Tree - antiviral as well, but eucalyptus is better for clearing the nasal passages.
    5. Peppermint - an effective decongestant, but is very strong so not everyone can stand it.
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    Eucalyptus, camphor and menthol are the usual three ingredients found in over-the-counter ointments and medicines that treat cold symptoms
    These ointments and medicine do induce temporary relief of certain colds symptoms, but they are not recommended for long term use. Eucalyptus, for one, after prolonged use, induces nausea, diarrhea and vomiting in some people. An oral overdose of eucalyptus can result in death.
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