Eucalyptus chest rub

The  Covid-19 virus does relatively little harm so long as it stays in the nose and throat. However, when the virus makes its way down the windpipe to reach the peripheral branches of the respiratory tree and lung tissue, it can trigger a more severe phase of the disease.

Essential oils have been used for generations to treat chest infections. Contemporary research has revealed that eucalyptus oil shows significant anti-viral activity as a vapour – see: Eucalyptus oil is antiviral.

The healing benefits of Eucalyptus Oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, and antiseptic qualities, among other valuable properties. If you’ve ever visited the steam room of a spa you probably will have breathed eucalyptus oil vapour.

However eucalyptus oil benefits the respiratory system, not only as a vapour, but also as a chest rub (just like Grannie used to do!). It can be used transdermally  (never apply eucalyptus oil directly to the skin – always use it in a carrier oil).

Emu oil

Emu oil is the perfect carrier, having excellent skin penetrating properties, due to its unique combination of components. This provides Emu oil with the ability to transport bio-active compounds through the skin. It penetrates deep into the skin and carries other ingredients with it. Pharmaceutical companies use emu oil as a carrier to deliver drugs transdermally.

Emu oil has been subjected to a number of scientific studies. These studies have demonstrated that Emu oil itself possesses anti-inflammatory  properties and  is now commonly recognised as an anti-inflammatory product for conditions including arthritis, joint and muscle conditions, aches, pains, bruising and swelling.

Emu oil is rich in:
oleic acid (42 percent)
palmitic acid (21 percent)
linoleic acids (21 percent)

Recipe for eucalyptus chest rub

This is so easy! Simply add eucalyptus oil to emu oil and shake well! That’s it!

As to how many drops – this is absolutely not critical – you can vary it to suit. Some people may find the eucalyptus smell too strong for their liking. Others -like me –  will find themselves addicted to the smell!

Emu and Eucalyptus chest rub

Start off with  50ml of emu oil in a small flip-top container and add 30 to 50 drops of eucalyptus oil (depending on how strong you prefer the smell to be). Shake well to mix the oils. Experiment until you get the ratio of eucalyptus to emu oil to your liking – then you can make a larger amount to the same ratio.

You can buy the eucalyptus oil here

You can buy the Emu oil here

Please note – I am certainly not suggesting that anyone who needs critical care uses this chest rub instead of going to hospital. What I am suggesting is that – at the first sign of cold or chest infection  – use eucalyptus oil in addition to all the other immune-enhancing, virus-inhibiting measures that I’ve written about on the web page Immunity and the Coronavirus.


  • Never use neat eucalyptus oil directly onto the skin or near the eyes.
  • Never take eucalyptus oil orally
  • Keep the bottle away from small children