Hooray! There finally seems to be a little hint of summer! Obviously being lucky enough to live on the wonderful island of Jersey, we do tend to get a little more than our fair share of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows (to coin a phrase), especially when compared to our mainland UK cousins. However this year, even we have been sulking about the somewhat limp start to our summer season. And one unfortunate consequence of this less than perfect weather has been a rash of yucky summer coughs. But never fear, Jersey Lavender is here – although, this time admittedly with a little bottle of our wonderful eucalyptus essential oil which we are distilling right now whilst we wait for the lavender to come into full bloom.
Eucalyptus essential oil has long been used as a remedy for coughs and colds, as it acts to clear blocked sinuses and helps to dislodge mucus allowing you to breathe more easily. In fact many of our most well-known cures for congestion such as Vicks Vapour Rub and Olbas Oil contain eucalyptus oil. Usually eucalyptus oil is inhaled via a steam vaporiser, from a bowl of hot water of directly from a tissue of handkerchief. This last method is great if you are out and about, but can also work wonders at bedtime as you simply slip the tissue/handkerchief that has been sprinkled with a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil inside your pillowcase for night long relief.
However there is also a growing body of anecdotal evidence championing the use of eucalyptus oil on the soles of your feet to help to clear your sinuses and combat the other symptoms of congestion. The theory behind this is linked to the practice of reflexology. Reflexology is based on the application of pressure to different areas of your hands and feet to treat problems with certain corresponding parts of your body.
The area around the balls of your feet, especially the base of your three middle toes is said to have impact upon your sinuses and so the practice of massaging eucalyptus oil onto your feet (especially those areas) seems to make sense if you follow the theory of reflexology. Regardless of the true link between feet and sinuses many people say that it works, so next time you have a stubborn cough that just won’t go or are feeling all bunged up and miserable, try mixing 2 drops of our eucalyptus oil into a spoonful of olive oil and massage into the soles of your feet. At the very least the soothing effect of the massage and the fragrance of the eucalyptus is going to make you feel better!