Eucalyptus oil has been used by the indigenous people of Australia for centuries to relieve everything from common aches and pains to cold and flu symptoms. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus growing in the world with the vast majority living down under in Australia.
The oil is extracted by a distillation process that separates it from the dried eucalyptus leaves. That extracted oil is used in countless health-related ways and products.
In terms of application today, eucalyptus oil is used in insect repellent, as a disinfectant, for asthma treatment, and other uses too numerous to mention here.
Many use a eucalyptus oil-base as a shaving soap and aftershave balm, as it both prevents and soothes the irritation of razor burn but that's merely the tip of the iceberg for this multi-purpose oil.
Before we begin however, let's learn a little more about this amazing plant.
9 Nutty Facts About Eucalyptus Trees
- Eucalyptus trees belong to the Myrtle (rhymes with turtle) family
- They are indigenous to Australia but have spread to other countries
- There are more than 700 species of Eucalyptus in the world
- They are the tallest trees in the world; even taller than the giant Redwoods of California
- The word Eucalyptus is derived from the Greek Eucalyptos, meaning, well-covered
- Some species can grow a mind-splintering 125 feet in just 3 years
- The Eucalyptus camaldulensis ( a gum species) can live 500 to 1000 years
- The Koala bear rarely drinks water-his water comes from the Koala's food, eucalyptus leaves
- The tallest eucalyptus tree known stands a dizzying 480 feet tall
Cool stuff huh? Here are some more.
Below are 15 ways eucalyptus oil helps make people’s lives better every day.
1. A Natural Cough Suppressant
For over a century, people in the western hemisphere have been using eucalyptus oil to treat coughs and upper respiratory irritation. Most cough drops on the market today contain a small concentration of eucalyptus oil to scratch that tickling itch in your throat. The vapors produced by eucalyptus oil work to soothe irritated nerves in your respiratory tract as well and the oil itself acts as a numbing agent.
As a testament to the power of eucalyptus oil as a cough suppressant, Vick's VapoRub, an over-the-counter topical mentholated ointment, uses a 1.2% concentration of eucalyptus oil, in contrast, Halls Cough Drops contain merely 6.5 mg of menthol extracted from eucalyptus oil yet are still effective.
2. Cold and Flu Relief
One of the greatest benefits of eucalyptus oil is its function as an expectorant to assist your body in purging toxins and harmful virii (viral disease) and bacteria that can make you ill. Treating a cold with eucalyptus oil is simple: add a few drops of the essential oil into an essential oil diffuser at bedtime. Let et it run all night to help relieve symptoms and boost your body’s immune response.
Alternatively, you can use a Vick's brand eucalyptus solution in a steam-emitting humidifier or vaporizer. If your symptoms are more acute, you can add about ten (10) drops of essential oil of eucalyptus to a cup of steaming hot water in a large bowl, put your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel, thus trapping the vapors. Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth for five to ten minutes.
3. Hair and Scalp Moisturizer
Shampoos and soaps made with eucalyptus are wonderful for stress relief and soothing sore muscles in your neck and shoulders. One way you can use eucalyptus essential oil to make your own hair and skin lotion is to add a few drops to some coconut or olive oil to make a tingling, refreshing hair and scalp treatment. Use this method if you have an especially itchy scalp. It is also great for chapped, dry skin or rough hands and feet.
4. Sinus and Allergies
There have been several scientific studies conducted regarding the use of eucalyptus to treat sinusitis and other ear, nose, and throat conditions. Remarkably, all patients in the study stated they experienced rapid improvement when adding eucalyptus oil to their anti-allergy/sinus remedy regimen. Several studies also recommended gargling with eucalyptus oil to sooth an itchy throat.
5. Household Use
Eucalyptus is very effective at freshening up your home and linens. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your laundry or in the bottom of your garbage cans, or even adding some to your mop water, window cleaner or kitchen cleanser, creates a clean and fresh atmosphere. Not only does eucalyptus oil add a fresh and pleasant fragrance to the room, it has effective antimicrobial and insect repelling properties.
6. Insect Repellent
Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released an endorsement of lemon eucalyptus oil as an insect repellent. Considered by the CDC to be as effective as leading synthetic insect repellent DEET, a dangerous petrochemical (made from petroleum) known to cause seizures, tremors, and other neurological side effects with long term implications.
This is the first time the CDC has endorsed a natural alternative to DEET repellent, and it is good news all around. DEET has proven to be toxic to animals at dosage levels that are typical to what humans apply to their skin and there have been reports that children have suffered from toxic exposure symptoms when using DEET-based insect repellents.
Give this CDC approved bug repellent a try and allow a natural alternative to chemicals keep you safe from pesky biters and buzzers.
The Aborigine tribes of Australia have historically used eucalyptus leaves and essential oils to bind wounds and treat burns. Eucalyptus oil acts as a natural disinfectant in cleaning a wound or burned area of the skin. Additionally, its anti-microbial nature also helps prevent infections during recovery, and the anti-inflammatory properties ease pain and speed the healing process.
8. Soothing Cold Sores
As an anti-inflammatory treatment, eucalyptus oil provides fast pain relief and reduces the swelling of cold sores. In fact, many cold sore balms on the market today include eucalyptus oil in their active ingredients for use on cold sores.
9. Aches and Pains/Arthritis
Whether you suffer from sore muscles after exercise or have arthritis in your hands, knees, or feet, a eucalyptus oil solution can really help alleviate your pain. Mixing a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in with some coconut oil or your favorite moisturizing lotion and you creatre a natural ache reliever when applied to sore hands or rubbed into the arms or legs.
If you want to give it a little boost in terms of potency, try adding a little peppermint oil for good measure. Not only does the aroma and tingling sensation help relieve your pain and aching, but also boost your mood and reduce overall stress levels.
10. Dental Care
When it comes to taking care of your teeth and freshening your breath, due to its antimicrobial properties and its function as an anti-inflammatory, eucalyptus oil can soothe irritated gums and kill bacteria that cause bad breath and gum disease. There is even evidence to suggest that eucalyptus oil helps break up plaque and prevent it from bonding with teeth in the future.
11. Brain Boosting
Many teachers and educators use eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils in diffusers in their classrooms, as studies have shown it helps students to concentrate. Try this in your office or work space next time you need to get the brain working back at full capacity after lunch.
12. Stimulating Immune Responses
Several studies have shown that when exposed to eucalyptus oil as an aromatic, topical, or in very small diluted concentrations internally, eucalyptus oil actually stimulates the production of immune system cells that fight infection and disease.
13. Mobile Air Conditioning
When you know you are going to be outdoors in the heat for an extended period of time, having a spray bottle fan can be an absolute life saver. However, you can boost the effectiveness of your misting by adding about 24 drops of eucalyptus oil to 4 oz. of water. Give yourself a spritz for some cooling relief now and then (careful not to spray into your eyes), and let the eucalyptus add an extra layer of cool on your skin. This also helps keep away gnats and other winged pests that plague ballgames in the summer.
14. Bath Balm
Add three or four drops of eucalyptus oil to your bath salts before putting them into a hot bath. Not only will you breathe easier, but your sore muscles and tired feet will appreciate the pain relieving soak.
15. Sauna Time
If you use a sauna regularly, add a couple drops to 2 cups of water, then pour it over the hot rocks. The eucalyptus infused steam will not only aid in relieving your aches and pains, but also open up your respiratory system allowing you to breathe more easily.
Overall, eucalyptus oil is an excellent oil that provides a myriad of health benefits to people every day, all over the world. It is truly remarkable and should top your “Gotta' have this oil” list.
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