The medicinal qualities of Eucalyptus oil are numerous and wide-ranging. It has become a popular additive to medicines, creams, oils, and mouthwash because of its medicinal and aromatic properties.
The Eucalyptus tree is an evergreen, native to Australia, but found in other parts of the world. It is also known as the stringy bark tree, blue gum tree and the fever tree, depending on its location. The oil is steam-extracted from fresh or partially dried green leaves and young twigs. The aroma calms, soothes and opens airways, which makes it a beneficial oil to use in aromatherapy. Eucalyptus blends well with many oils, including Cedarwood, Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram, Lavender, and Tea Tree. Blend it with Geranium and a Citrus oil for a safe and effective insect repellent.
Properties of Eucalyptus Oil:
- Helps Heal Burns, Wounds, Blisters & Ulcers
- Relieves Insect Bites & Stings
- Helps Relieve Asthmatic Symptoms
- Treats Sore Throat, Cough & Relieves Congestion
- Increases Blood Flow / Relaxes Blood Vessels
- Helps Relieve Muscle & Joint Pain
- Fever Reduction
When used as an ingredient in mouthwash, the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus has been shown to be effective against cavities, gingivitis, plaque and mouth infections.
Sore muscles will benefit greatly from a massage of Eucalyptus Essential Oil diluted with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut, Avocado, Olive, Grapeseed, Almond or Jojoba oils. Muscle spasms also benefit from the same treatment.
Blend Eucalyptus Essential Oil with your favorite skin care oils to use as a natural deodorant. Or add 10 drops to 8oz of water in an amber spray bottle, along with oils of your choice to deodorize rooms and surfaces (or even pets – see Doggy Deodorant).
In a diffuser, the scent of Eucalyptus oil opens the airways, refreshes your lungs and stimulates blood flow. If you have a cold or flu, or are just plain exhausted, use this oil for comfort, healing and relief of sore throats, stuffy noses, headaches, congestion and cough. Released into the air, Eucalyptus kills germs, helping to reduce the chance of passing them on. Dilute and combine with peppermint for a body spray that reduces fevers.
Eucalyptus oil is a toxin in large amounts and should not be ingested. When Eucalyptus is diluted for topical or aromatherapy use, it is regarded as safe for humans and cats and dogs. Ask your doctor before use if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not use if you are sensitive to eucalyptol. Do not use topically on children under 6 or those with sensitive skin without diluting the oil first.
As with all essential oils, be absolutely sure that what you are buying is 100% pure, therapeutic grade oil. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. I am not a doctor and could never take the place of yours. Seek advice from your doctor as you normally would.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil can be purchased here: http://www.mydoterra.com/stephaniegorman