Eucalyptus Oil: Benefits & Uses

Years ago, before ever venturing into a more natural lifestyle of food and health, there were only two things I knew about eucalyptus: Koalas loved it, and Vicks VapoRub. That’s it.

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Since then I’ve eagerly taken the opportunity to learn more about eucalyptus, as well as other essential oils, and have found its benefits to be more wide-range than I could’ve imagined. Possessing a distinctive scent, eucalyptus oil contains anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, expectorant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulant properties. The oil is colorless, having many medicinal qualities from treating wounds to relieving respiratory problems.

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The eucalyptus tree, or its scientific name Eucalyptus Globulus, is native to Australia, and has spread to other countries in the past few centuries. However, the prime source of eucalyptus oil for the world is still Australia. The oil is obtained from the fresh leaves of the towering, evergreen tree through steam distillation.

The compound eucalyptol present in the oil is often used in many products you’d encounter at the pharmacy, such as inhalers, rubs, creams, mouth wash, and liniments.

Eases Muscle Pain

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By massaging eucalyptus oil onto skin it helps relieve inflammation and stress from joint and muscle pain. It’s also recommended for those suffering from rheumatism, sprained ligaments and tendons, lumbago, stiff muscles, fibrosis, aches, and nerve pain. The oil penetrates the skin tissue and fends off the lactic acid that’s causing pain, restoring mobility and bringing natural relief.

Use a small amount, a couple drops at most, combined with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba, and massage the affected area in a circular motion. Results should start to take place within minutes.

Dental Health

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This oil is excellent against cavities, plaque, gingivitis, and oral infections. It’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties are often the reason why it’s used in many dental products such as mouthwash, root canal fillers and sealers, and toothpaste.

If you’re looking to add eucalyptus oil to your dental regime, try adding a drop of the oil onto your toothbrush before brushing, or add one drop to your mouthwash.

For treating a toothache, dip a cotton swab in the oil and apply it directly on the affected tooth every few hours.

Treats Wounds

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It’s antiseptic qualities make it quite ideal in healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions, and sores. It gently soothes the affected area, protecting it from infections and exposure to air. Add 4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil to a teaspoon of olive oil, or coconut oil and apply the mixture to the affected area.

Stress & Fatigue

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If you’ve ever gotten a whiff of eucalyptus you’d immediately recognize it’s cooling, refreshing effect. Working as a stimulant, the oil helps remove feelings of exhaustion and mental sluggishness, helping to revitalize your mood and behavior. This also helps treat those suffering from stress as well as mental disorders. By increasing blood flow to the brain, eucalyptus oil can naturally stimulates mental activity. At the same time it relaxes the blood vessels, allowing more blood to circulate around the body. More blood to the brain, more brain power.

Respiratory Trouble

Eucalyptus is best known for its ability to treat many respiratory problems including cough, cold, runny nose, sore throat, pneumonia, tuberculosis, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis. The eucalyptol component found in the oil helps break up and clear mucus, and help speed up the healing process. The antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, expectorant, antiviral, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory properties in eucalyptus makes it an ideal ingredient in many medicines. Plus, for asthma sufferers, the oil’s aroma and vapors help calm the throat and dilate blood vessels, allowing more oxygen into lungs, achieving normal breathing, and relieving asthmatic symptoms.

To help treat a sore throat, mix 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil into a warm cup of water and gargle 4-5 times a day.

For treating respiratory problems, massage a few drops of the oil onto chest, back and throat 2-3 times day daily. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to dilute 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil in half teaspoon of carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil before applying to skin.

You can also diffuse the oil and breath in the vapors in your home with an oil diffuser. If you don’t own an oil diffuser, you can mix 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil into a small pot of boiling water and inhale the vapors.

Head Lice

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This is a natural and well-known bug/insect repellant and pesticide, making it a great solution for treating lice. Many lice treatments you might run into at your local store can be quite severe and damaging due to dangerous chemicals that can easily be absorbed by skin. Using eucalyptus oil is both a safer and simple avenue in getting rid of head lice.

Rub a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the hair and scalp an hour before showering every day until results start to show. When washing hair, make sure to avoid getting any of the oil in your eyes.

Skin Care

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Eucalyptus oil is often applied topically to treat skin problems due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It’s very effective against skin infections, burns, skin ulcers, insect bites, rashes and acne by soothing irritated skin, and preventing any more growth of microbes and infections.

Add 4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil into a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil and apply it onto the affected area.

Fever

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In addition to being an effective treatment for cold and flu symptoms, eucalyptus oil can also be used to reduce body temperature. Sometimes referred to as “fever oil”, eucalyptus oil provides a refreshing, cooling sensation that helps treat fevers and successfully brings them down.

Mix equal parts peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil and spray mixture on body. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the mixture in water or olive oil.

Room Freshener

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If you’re looking for a better way to freshen up your home or workspace, then essential oils are the way to go. Many commercial air fresheners merely trap odors and do not remove them or bacteria. Plus, many contain harmful chemicals that are most definitely not safe for you and your household.

The antiseptic and deodorant qualities of eucalyptus oil makes it an ideal room freshener since it kills both airborne bacteria and germs. In fact, hospitals used to use eucalyptus in order to keep rooms clean and sterilized.

Blending

For aromatherapy, eucalyptus oil blends well with thyme, rosemary, marjoram, lavender, cedarwood, and frankincense oil.

 

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