Eucalyptus vapor: benefits and contraindications of this natural remedy

The The use of herbs and plants to relieve pain and cure diseases is ancient, and the same happens with this tree, whose use dates from the 18th century, and with it, the use of eucalyptus steam.

In recent times, people have begun to internalize more for what they consume and the damage that this generates to the environment. That is why many returned to the customs of their ancestors of trying to alleviate ailments with plants and reduce the consumption of drugs and chemicals.

In that sense, there is a custom or a social idea that the Eucalyptus is used to cure colds or reduce cold symptoms, but what is true about this?

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), is a tree of the Myrtaceae family that is cultivated almost all over the world. There are approximately 700 species of it, most of them native to Australia and New Guinea.

Is so, that its leaves are used, or its oil is extracted but also eucalyptus is boiled and steam is used which has some benefits since the leaf contains chemicals that help control blood sugar, pain and inflammation.


There are several and diverse uses and benefits that are appropriate to the steam of eucalyptus, such as for the flu or to relieve nasal congestion.

-> Both the eucalyptus steam and the plant oil, applied on the never or the temples, reduce severe headaches, as well as relax and reduce stress.

– asthma According to some research, eucalyptol, a chemical found in plant oil, helps reduce mucus in people with asthma. Some have even been able to reduce the consumption of medications from the use of eucalyptus vapor for asthma.

– Bronchitis. The use of eucalyptus mixed with some other herbs can improve the symptoms of this disease.


– Mouth problems. Chewing gum with eucalyptus content, between 0.3% to 0.6% extract, can reduce dental plaque, gingivitis and bad breath.

Too, eucalyptus steam is used for rhinitis, to eliminate lice, acne; attack bladder diseases, liver problems and ulcers; relieve bleeding gums, wounds and burns; reduce diabetes and fever.

Also, some people use eucalyptus steam for the face, since eucalyptus has antioxidant and antiseptic properties, which helps with various related skin issues such as cleaning oil, removing pimples, removing blemishes and relieving bites and hives.

Another use of eucalyptus steam is for sinusitis, as it contains expectorant and antiseptic properties, quickly and effectively relieving nasal congestion, according to many.

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Although there is research that recommends use of eucalyptus in general for the diseases and ailments mentioned above, according to the Exhaustive Database of Natural Medicines maintains that it is still necessary to continue with the investigations to confirm the effectiveness.

While eucalyptus vapor for babies is not usually counterproductive, the plant oil may not be safe for children when ingested, inhaled or applied to the skin.


As mentioned earlier, Eucalyptus can be used in various ways, the leaves, from steam, oil and plant.

– Decoction. In the case of the use of the leaf, it will be necessary to boil it over low heat, for at least 10 minutes, approximately 4 leaves per cups of water. This water can be used to drink tea or cold, to alleviate cold conditions, congestion, asthma and sinusitis for example.

– Inhalations. They can be made with 10 drops of essential oil or place between 5 and 6 eucalyptus leaves in a container with hot water. This also applies to respiratory complications.

– Cloths. They serve to pass through joints or places with swelling. Dip a cotton ball or cloth in 10 drops of oil and 60 milliliters of water.

– Pectoral frictions. 10 drops of oil in 30 milliliters of almond oil and place on the chest and rub. This is useful for various issues such as colds, asthma, bronchitis, and respiratory complications. Also, for herpes and pimples.

And you, are you one of those who use the elements provided by nature? What use do you make of eucalyptus?

Source: US National Library of Medicine, Web Consultations, Hogar Manía