Use of Eucalyptus Oil for Baby Colds

Written by wendy morgan | 13/05/2017
Use of Eucalyptus Oil for Baby Colds
Eucalyptus oil is a natural remedy. (three sorts of oil image by Tomo Jesenicnik from Fotolia.com)

When your baby has a cold, you want a way to relieve the symptoms fast. Medicines can be expensive, but inexpensive, easy, natural methods that are gentle enough to use for your baby can aid in relieving her cold symptoms. One of the best remedies is eucalyptus oil.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is obtained from the leaves and branches of the eucalyptus tree. The oil contains the principal active ingredient eucalyptol, which has strong disinfectant properties. It also functions as a diuretic as well as aiding in relieving coughs, congestion and colds.

It's a safe and natural way to relieve cold symptoms in both adults and children past the age of 2 months, although Eucalyptus Smithi is safer to use for children. Do not use any form of eucalpytus oil on babies under 2 months old because it could have adverse effects.

How to Use it for a Baby's Cold

To calm, soothe and open airways for your baby, place two drops of essential eucalyptus oil on a tissue or cotton ball and keep it nearby while feeding or while your baby sleeps.

Another way to use eucalyptus oil is to place at least three drops of it in a bowl of boiling water and then put the bowl under the baby's crib. The rising steam from the water releases the eucalyptus scent into the room.

You also can add a few drops of the oil to your baby's bath water for an aromatherapy bath.

Tips

Many over-the-counter cold remedies for children, such as chest rubs for congestion, including Vicks or Congesto-K KiddieRub, contain eucalyptus oil to open the air passages and help children breathe better.

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