A Dabble in Essential Oils

The Big Man caught a bit of whatever is going around. The Kid has a touch of it, too. I was determined that I wasn’t going to get it … but that was just crazy talk.

So we all had a bit of congestion/stuffy nose, and some coughing. Nothing too serious, but not healthy, either.

The biggest problem was that we’d wake each other (or ourselves) coughing.

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I have heard and read a fair amount on the amazing properties of essential oils and have just never given them a try.

But with this coughing problem, I remembered a tip I’d seen for shutting down nighttime coughing with essential oil. What better time to try it out?

We used eucalyptus oil. It is not advised to use it straight, as it can cause skin irritation (and probably other issues, but I don’t know a lot about it). The only oil on the list of those recommended that we had on hand was olive, so that’s what I used.

I put two tablespoons of olive oil in a little container with a lid (for storage) and added 15 drops of eucalyptus oil. At bedtime, I took a cloth wipe from the stash, rubbed some of the oil mixture onto The Kid’s feet, and put socks on him. I did the same to myself.

We both slept really well!

But his socks chafed (they had an elastic band in them), so I didn’t put them (or the oil) on again the following night. He didn’t sleep well.

Next night, new socks, used the oil: good sleep.

There it is, friends! That is all the evidence I need.

I posted about it on Facebook, and a friend said that she uses a diffuser instead of a topical application. Haven’t tried it, so I can’t say. You would need to be more amenable to the smell for that, but many of these oils smell really nice.

Give it a try!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I love essential oils. Have you tried peppermint oil between the toes for fever yet? Fortunately, we haven’t had to do it too many times, but it has worked when we have. :)

  2. Posted by Melanie on 18 December 2012 at 11:08

    Oh yeah! We do this too, but with a mixture of oils (cause we had them on hand). We also put a few drops into hot water and breathe it in as deep as possible and cough up anything possible. Eucalyptus oil has rocking properties for respiratory infections, and we love it! And on the feet? Who knew, right?! My friend told me about that acupressure point and wow, it’s pretty awesome.

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