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September 25, 2018

What is Eucalyptus Essential Oil?

Eucalyptus essential oil helps ease colds and flu as well as support respiratory health. It has a cooling effect that will surely help you feel energized, clear your mind and give you focus.

Moreover, the eucalyptus tree offers a lot of benefits not only for your health but it's also a substantial source of food for wildlife, especially for koalas. Its bark is used for papermaking, while the wood is used for the production of timber and fuel.

Aside from aromatherapy, eucalyptus oil is widely used in vapour rubs, ointments, perfumes and food industries due to its strong fresh, menthol and medicinal aroma since it has a top or head fragrance note. 

 

Origin of Eucalyptus Oil

The oil is extracted from the leaves of selected eucalyptus tree species, mostly from the Eucalyptus globulus which is also called Tasmanian blue gum tree. The extraction method used is steam distillation of fresh or dried leaves and young twigs of the eucalyptus tree. 

There are more than 500 species of eucalyptus tree that belongs to the Myrtle or Myrtaceae family. The tree is native to Australia and is now grown extensively in different parts of the world, like China, South Africa, Europe and India.

The eucalyptus tree is considered to be one of the tallest flowering trees in the world and can reach a height of 100 meters (300 feet), but it typically grows from 30 to 55 meters (100 to 180 feet). 

The name eucalyptus came from the Greek word 'eu' which means “well” and 'kalyptos' means “covered”. It is because the flower bud is well-protected and concealed by a cap that will eventually fall off when matured.

 

Major Composition of Eucalyptus Oil

      ● alpha-Pinene       ● 1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol)             

      ● Limonene            ● alpha-Phellandrene

      ● Camphor             ● Sabinene 

      ● Spathulenol         ● alpha-Terpineol          

     

Essential Uses and Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

1. Immune System Booster.  Protect and boost immune system since it has antioxidant properties which help cleanse the body from toxins that can make you sick. Also, can help treat fever for it acts as a natural febrifuge. 

2. Protects Respiratory Health. Clears sinuses and respiratory tract since it contains expectorant and decongestant properties. Also, relieve various respiratory problems like asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, cough and flu. You can use it as a vapour rub to avoid nasal and chest congestion.   

3. Natural Analgesic. Proven to be an effective pain reliever that can be used to treat headaches, muscle pain, joint pain and other kinds of pain. Also, has antispasmodic properties that can ease sore muscles and cramps.

4. Reduce inflammation. Can treat swelling and inflammation. It was proven to give relief if you have a sore throat, inflamed joints and muscles, as well as respiratory and dermal inflammation. 

5. Fight Infections. Eucalyptus oil can help fight bacterial and viral infections. It was proven to ward off different kinds of infection and prevent it from coming back. Also, can treat athlete's foot, cold sores, ringworm due to its antifungal properties. 

6. Uplift Energy and Mental Focus. Reduces stress and anxiety levels while boosting your energy and giving you mental focus. It can give excellent support to your tired and overworked body. 

7. Promotes Oral and Dental Health. Fights halitosis or bad breath. Also, prevent cavities from forming. All you need to do is add 1 to 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to water then use as a gargle which can help treat common mouth and gum problems such as plaque and gingivitis.

8. Speeds Wound Healing. Promotes fast healing of wounds, abrasions, burns and cuts, and promotes skin care by reducing and treating acne due to its germicidal properties. Also, scientifically proven to treat and prevent insect bites by using as a repellent. 

9. Revitalize Hair and Scalp. Clears away dandruff while giving you a healthier and softer hair. You can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your shampoo or conditioner, then massage your scalp. 

10. Regulates blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by lowering your glucose levels. Also, can help regulate your blood pressure and cholesterol levels which can prevent the chances of having a heart attack. 

 

Directions for Use

Remember that natural substances are not always safe and require proper usage, that’s why it is very important to always follow directions on product labels and consult your healthcare provider before using any kinds of products that can have side effects.

For essential oils, proper consultation and assistance are needed from a qualified aromatherapist. Aside from the different benefits that you can get from eucalyptus essential oil, it can also be used in various ways. Some of these are:

  • Diffuser. Add the desired number of drops or mix with other essential oils in your diffuser. This will bring an uplifting vibe in the air and provide clear breathing. 
  • Massage. You can use it with other essential and carrier oils, then gently massage over the skin to revitalizes body and rejuvenate tired muscles. Just always remember to dilute it with any carrier oil. 
  • Spritz. Add at least 5 drops of oil to a 100ml spray bottle filled with water. Then, shake well before spraying, to invigorate your skin and have a fresh feeling. Also, can be used as an insect repellent. 
  • Inhalation. You can inhale the oil inside the bottle or mix 5 drops of oil and hot water into a bowl, then inhale deeply to clear nasal and chest congestion.
  • Bath. Add the desired amount of oil to bath water, then mix for an aromatic bath that will help you soothe your senses and calm your nerves.

 

Recipes

Try these Eucalyptus Essential Oil diffuser blends:

For Sneezing Remedy

- 3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil

For Easy Breathing

- 4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 4 drops Lime Essential Oil
- 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

For Mental Clarity

- 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 4 drops Basil Essential Oil
- 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

 

Precautions and Side Effects

Not Safe for Internal Use.  Only used aromatically and topically. When you are using it for oral health, make sure to spit it out after gargling. Eucalyptus oil is very strong and needs to be handled correctly. 

Sensitive Skin. People with sensitive skin should be cautious when using this kind of product for it may irritate and damage their skin. They should dilute eucalyptus oil with another carrier oil such as coconut oil. 

Children and Pregnant Woman. Keep out of reach of children for it can lead to serious side effects such as poisoning. Breastfeeding and pregnant women are advised to use this oil by using a diffuser. 

Antidiabetes Drugs. Diabetes medications lower the blood sugar, so it must not be taken along with eucalyptus oil because it might lower the blood sugar too much which can be dangerous. 

Surgery: Since eucalyptus can affect glucose levels, there's a concern that it can make blood sugar control difficult during and later surgery. Avoid using eucalyptus oil at least two weeks before an arranged surgery.

Disclaimer: The health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health.

References:

Ayurvedic Oils

Floracopeia

Healthline

UpNature

WebMD

Dr. Axe

Monq

 

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