A Secret Eucalyptus Recipe: How Eucalyptus Works to Clear Sinuses

4 min to read
Andrea Butje

Eucalyptus essential oil helps people breathe easier.

Eucalyptus is a master at clearing congestion, reducing mucus, and calming inflammation. It even supports immunity. 

But do you really know how Eucalyptus works to clear sinuses and help us feel better?

Is it a secret?  Nope! Not a secret! Just science.

It's largely about the main component in Eucalyptus essential oil—1,8-cineole. 1,8-cineole plays a big part in Eucalyptus's ability to support the body during a cold or flu. 

Now you're in on the "secret" of how Eucalyptus works! 

Going forward, whenever you see that 1,8-cineole is a main component in an essential oil, you can make a great guess that the oil will be useful for sinuses and respiratory health, just like Eucalyptus.

A big part of how Eucalyptus works is by supporting immunity

I want to share a way to use Eucalyptus essential oil you have a cold or the flu.

A nourishing, sinus-clearing steam can feel so supportive when you're feeling the effects of a cold or the flu.

If you've been traveling or exposed to someone who is sick, or if you just feel like your health is a little vulnerable, you can do a steam like this 1-2 times a day, for about three days. 

If you do happen to come down with a cold or the flu (no fun!), you can use the steam 2-3 times a day for a few more days to help calm your symptoms. 

This recipe for a "stock blend" comes from my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils. 

It's made in a 5 ml amber bottle. 

What you'll do is blend the essential oils in the bottle, then when you want to do a steam, you'll use JUST 1 DROP in a bowl of warm, steamy water.

Since there are 36 drops of essential oil in this, you can do 36 steams (although sometimes it can be hard to get those last few drops out of the bottle, so it might be more like 30 steams). 

To do a steam, all you have to do is put a single drop of this blend into a bowl of steamy water. 

Then close your eyes (don't forget that part!) and lean over the bowl, breathing the nourishing warm steam slowly and deeply. 

You can concentrate the steam around you by draping a towel over your head. Just be sure to keep your eyes closed!

Eucalyptus's "Best Decongest" Steam Blend

A stock blend is a bottle of blended oils that can be used for more than one thing.

  • 12 drops Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus globulus)

  • 9 drops Thyme ct. linalool Oil (Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool)

  • 8 drops Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 7 drops Juniper Berry Oil (Juniperus communis)

  • One 5 ml bottle with an orifice reducer

  • Add the essential oil drops to the bottle.

  • Tighten the cap.

  • To do a steam, use JUST 1 DROP from your stock blend in a bowl of warm, steamy water.

Each of these oils in this blend works a little differently.

All four can help clear congestion in the sinuses and support immunity in their own ways. 

For example, Tea Tree's main component is terpinen-4-ol . . . it's different than 1,8-cineole, and very effective! 

So in each drop of our stock recipe, we get a nuanced aroma and a blend that boosts our health from multiple angles.

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