Of nearly 300 different species of eucalyptus, the oil most commonly used in aromatherapy is distilled from the southern blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus). Its smell is penetrating and fresh, this oil fortifies the immune system and is beneficial for tired people and those who are prone to catching a cold. This essential oil possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties, making a steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil an effective natural remedy for colds. At times of epidemics eucalyptus oil can be used in a steam diffuser.
It is a good remedy for flu and childhood diseases. In case of epidemics and infectious diseases eucalyptus essential oil performs double function: it helps the patient, while also protecting others in contact with a sick person. The following mixture is particularly helpful during epidemics and flu: 4 parts of eucalyptus, 2 parts of thyme, 2 parts of pine and 1 part of lavender essential oils – use it for decontaminating premises and steaming in a diffuser (5 grams of the mixture combined with 500 ml of water).