Dr Melva Martin - for a Wellness & Energy Generation

Home Remedies


Eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic and is particularly good at destroying viruses.  Before the antibiotic era Eucalyptus was used frequently for coughs (as lozenges), bronchitis and chest infections (as a steam inhalation and chest rub), and for influenza. Eucalyptus can also be useful for pain relief.

Use Eucalyptus to treat:

  • the common cold
  • influenza
  • fever
  • tonsillitis
  • sore throat
  • asthma
  • acute and chronic bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • whjooping cough
  • croup
  • cystitis
  • diarrhoea
  • toothache
  • arthritis
  • rheumatism and stiff joints
  • herpes (cold sores)

External applications:

Mix 1 drop of Eucalyptus oil with a tablespoonful of Olive Oil or Coconut oil (cooking oil is OK) and apply.  For Arthritis mixing Eucalyptus oil with Peanut Oil is beneficial.

For Herpes or Cold Sore apply full strength Eucalyptus oil directly on the sore. Repeat frequently.

For Toothache apply one drop of Eucalyptus oil to affected tooth.

Lozenges for sore throats - make a toffee mixture boiling raw sugar and water, then add about 5 drops of Eucalyptus oil after removing from heat.

Alternatively, mix 2 drops of Eucalyptus oil with 2 tablespoonfuls of honey.  Take as required.

Tea: 1 drop of eucalyptus oil to a cup of hot water, sip.  Alternatively use 1/2 teaspoonful of crushed leaves to a cup of hot water.  Good for diarrhoea, respiratory and urinary problems.

To make a simple steam inhalation that reaches into the lungs - add 2-3 drops opf Eucalyptus Oil to a bowl of boiling water. Place face over steam and cover head with a towel to contain the steam - breathe in the steam.

Also for lung infections mix 3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil with a tablespoonful of cooking oil and rub onto the front and back of chest then cover with a flannel or warm cloth to retain heat.