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Eucalyptus – Good for You Good For The House

I have done a eucalyptus steam decongestion before, several times.

Great for stuffed up/head cold kind of feeling.

Very easy to set up and is actually very soothing.

I did not know my bottle of eucalyptus could be used otherwise until I received the information below.

My main cleaners in the house are vinegar and water, hydrogen peroxide and water – cheap and healthy.


“Eucalyptus steam inhalation is recommended by some alternative practitioners for relieving nasal congestion and sinus congestion, usually from colds and flu. It can be done two to four times a day to relieve symptoms. If you’re not able to do this, a steamy shower, vaporizer, or facial sauna is an alternative.

Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus globulus) is an essential oil which can be found in many health food stores and online. It should not be confused with camphor oil. Eucalyptus oil should not be ingested, applied directly to the skin, or used in excess of suggested amounts.


  • Kettle
  • Water
  • Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • Sheet or large towel
  • Large bowl or container


Fill the kettle and bring the water to a boil.

Place the bowl on a stable surface, such as a table.

Turn the kettle off and carefully pour approximately four to six cups of water into the bowl.

Add two to three drops of eucalyptus oil to the water.

With your head at approximately arm’s length away, cover your head with the towel. Don’t bring your face too close to the water.

Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Continue for 10 minutes.

If you start to feel overheated or uncomfortable, remove the sheet.

Safety Precautions

Do not add more than the suggested amount of eucalyptus oil.

Keep children away while doing a eucalyptus steam inhalation.

Certain people should avoid eucalyptus steam inhalation, such as those with heart conditions, central nervous system disoders, and pregnant women. Infants, children, and elderly people may not be able to respond appropriately to the heat.

Side effects may include headache, dizziness, nausea, and tiredness.

Eucalpytus oil should not be taken internally or applied directly to the skin.”


Uses for Eucalyptus oil around the house

Aside from medicinal uses, eucalyptus oil can be used around your home to replace many environmentally harsh synthetic chemicals.

Penny, a professional cleaner, wrote to me with these tips:

“I make a spray and wipe with water, eucalyptus oil and some washing up liquid.  The idea comes from a hospital cleaner and works well.  Proportions are not rocket science.  Fill bottle mostly with water – add a slurp of dishwashing liquid and then a capful or thereabouts of 100% eucalyptus.  Shake gently to mix.  Works well on all surfaces.

I use it diluted again in a little water in a bucket and it is great for all those finger marks that are hard to move from laminex finishes.”

– You can also make a general disinfectant for toilets etc and again, it’s a very simple recipe. mix 50 ml (1.6 oz)  of eucalyptus oil with a liter (quart) of water. That’s it – you can store it as you would a normal disinfectant.

– Eucalyptus oil can be used neat in order to remove sticker/decal residue from glass

– Add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of eucalyptus oil to your load of washing for a fresh scent along with the anti-microbial benefits

– Use the oil neat to help remove paint, grease and ink from clothes

– If you have a hanging car air freshener that’s almost dead, reinvigorate it by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil

– Half a teaspoon mixed with half a liter of water makes for a good bug repellant for plants

– Use it as a stainless steel cleaner

– To use as a room air freshener, Mix a quarter of a teaspooon or 15 drops of eucalyptus oil with a half teaspoon of vodka, place in an atomizer/spray bottle and add 2 cups of water. This should be quite subtle, so you may need to add more.


August 25, 2009 - Posted by | DIY Health

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