Eucalyptus Decongestant Rub for Sinusitis

THIS IS NOT EDIBLE. If you've got a eucalyptus tree growing near you, it would be simply criminal not to use it. When extracted from the fresh leaves, eucalyptus oil smells rich, buttery and sweet - much more appealing than the commercially prepared essential oil, which smells a bit clinical and chemically to me. Use this rub as a fragrant natural decongestant and expectorant for blocked sinuses and head colds.

Courtesy James Wong
Show: Grow Your Own Drugs Episode: Shrubs & Trees
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr
YIELD:
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces/100 g mature eucalyptus leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 ounce/10 g fresh ginger, chopped
  • 7 ounces/200 g white petroleum jelly
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
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Directions

Combine the eucalyptus and ginger in a glass heatproof bowl. Add the petroleum jelly and pepper and mix everything together with your fingers.

Place the glass bowl, covered, over a pot of boiling water to make a double boiler. Leave to heat for 1 hour, making sure the water does not boil dry.

Remove from the heat and strain the mixture. Stir in the peppermint oil and bottle in a wide-mouthed jar.

Use once a day, rubbing well into the chest and throat area. The rub can help you get a good night's sleep if applied before bed.

Do not use on broken skin. If any reddening or irritation occurs, wash off immediately.

The rub will keep for up to 1 year.

Notes

The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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