Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the fresh leaves, as well as dry leaves of the eucalyptus tree. It is considered externally non-toxic, non-sensitizing, and non-irritant when used diluted; however, the oil is not recommended for internal use.
Eucalyptus Tree: Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a tall evergreen tree that grows up to 300 feet high with long narrow leaves and white flowers. Eucalyptus is native to Australia.
Extraction of Eucalyptus Oil: Fresh leaves or partially dried leaves are boiled in water, and the vapor is condensed and caught to make eucalyptus essential oil. Although the essential oil is very strong, it is safe enough to be used in an undiluted form.
Blending: Eucalyptus oil blends well with thyme, rosemary, marjoram, lavender, cedarwood, frankincense essential oil, etc.
Characteristic: Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinctly clean, fresh, menthol aroma, which is startlingly refreshing and fragrant at the same time.
Uses: Eucalyptus is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes.
Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil:
- Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Gargles of eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water are effective on treating sore throat; it is also effective against cavities, dental plaques, gingivitis and other dental infections. This oil may also help destroy skin infection including candida.
- Eucalyptus oil has analgesic and anti inflammatory properties. Massaging eucalyptus oil on the skin surface helps in getting relief from the pain. It is often recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain.
- Eucalyptus oil has stimulating effect on the brain. It is therefore used to get relief from exhaustion, mental sluggishness and in rejuvenating the spirits of the sick. It is also effective in treating stress and mental disorders.
- Eucalyptus oil is used in treating fever and reducing body temperature.
- Eucalyptus when used in aromatherapy is an effective treatment for asthma, bronchitis, sinus congestion, colds and all manners of respiratory ailments.
- Eucalyptus oil when mixed with water is a good insect repellant. Just dab the oil on the skin to repel insects and reduce the risk of malaria and other mosquito borne illnesses. The oil also discourages mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water that is why some people add it to pools and areas where water collects.
- Eucalyptus oil can also be used in household cleaners as well as soaps and cleaners for a fresh, clean smell.
- Eucalyptus oil is also used in protecting your dogs from ticks and other parasites. Just mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your dog shampoo and massage for 5 minutes and rinse well.
Ways to Use:
- Massage. The oil can be massaged into the chest or dabbed under the nose so that the vapors are breathed in. Mix 15 to 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to 1 ounce of massage oil.
- Aromatherapy. Eucalyptus oil can be added to boiling water or a vaporizer to infuse the air with the aroma. Just add 1 drop of Eucalyptus oil to a bowl of hot water. Holding your head over the bowl, cover your head with a towel to contain the steam. Inhale through nose or mouth. After 4 or 5 breaths, blow your nose. Repeat this process until you feel relief.
- Spray. Add1 teaspoon of essential oils to 7 ounces of distilled water along with 1 ounce of vodka or 90% isopropyl alcohol (to emulsify the oils) and then spray on bedding, linens, towels, and use as a room spray to deodorize and disinfect the air.
Storage tip: Store oils tightly closed, at room temperature, and away from direct sunlight.
- One should take care while using eucalyptus oil. If taken in large quantities, eucalyptus oil is toxic. It may also interfere with homeopathic treatments.
- Consult your health care professional prior to using on infants or small children.
“This post was originally published on January 12, 2012 @ 20:19”