Eucalyptus essential oil: The essential oil collection
Eucalyptus oil. Anyone who reads my posts or follows me on social media, or knows me in real life will know that my favourite scent in the whole wide world is eucalyptus. I don’t know why, but it smells to be like calm, fresh, and beautiful. Yes, feelings can be smells too, everybody knows that…
I grew up on a farm, and we had lanes and lanes of eucalyptus trees (bloekombome in Afrikaans) so maybe I also associate the smell with childhood, innocence and being carefree. Luckily for me, the essential oil has a long list of uses and benefits!
The chest oil
Improves respiratory conditions
Eucalyptus essential oil is most popular for its ability to treat a wide range of respiratory conditions such as cough, colds, asthma, COPD, croup, and bronchitis. Studies have shown that Eucalyptus globulus, of which 18-cineole is the major active ingredient, helps to reduce the inflammatory effect of chronic bronchitis and inhibits the hyper-secretion of airway mucins. When you are congested and struggling to breath, the oil’s bronchodilating effects opens the sinuses and breathing passages, making it easier to breathe when you are congested. Inhaling the scent also loosens phlegm and stimulates saliva production, which lessens coughing.
The eucalyptol and tannins found in the oil are highly reputed for their anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, many popular over-the-counter rubs contain eucalyptus and other cough suppressing substances. The oil can also be used to aid in the treatment of tuberculosis by alleviating the symptoms, fighting off the infection and clearing the lungs by reducing the inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic
One of the biggest eucalyptus oil benefit is its ability to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. When it’s used topically, it can help reduce muscle pain, soreness and swelling. This suggests that eucalyptus oil inhalation can be used as “a nursing intervention for pain relief.”
Great for your hair and skin
Eucalyptol, a prominent oxide that is one of the main chemical components of eucalyptus essential oil, gives it its great cleansing property. When applied topically, the oil helps rejuvenate and invigorate the skin. Furthermore, its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties makes it a great treatment for scrapes and cuts, insect bites, acne, eczema and other skin problems.
The oil’s active ingredients help stimulate blood vessels, resulting in improved blood circulation. When used on the hair and scalp, the increased blood flow to the hair follicles encourages healthy hair growth, strengthening and moisturizing your hair.
Eucalyptus is also very efficient in treating and eliminating head lice.
Improves focus and mental clarity
When you are feeling sluggish, drained and exhausted, eucalyptus oil’s cooling and refreshing effects are great to stimulate and energise you. The oil’s cephalic properties makes it an effective treatment for stress, anxiety and other mental disorders.
Fevers are simply a symptom of an infection, and not a disease in itself. Eucalyptus oil can be used to quickly bring a fever down, and its antibacterial properties will assist in fighting the infection. Rubbing a few drops of the diluted oil to the soles of the feet or adding a few drops to the warm water used to sponge-down a feverish person are two very effective ways of lowering a fever.
Eucalyptus’ main chemical component, eucalyptol, has strong antimicrobial effects, making it efficient in fighting bacteria, viruses and fungi such as E. choli, Staph infections, candida, herpes virus and toenail fungus. This also gives the oil its immune boosting ability. The oil can be used aromatically or topically.
Improves seasonal allergies
Certain components of eucalyptus oil, such as eucalyptol and citronellal, have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects, making it effective in the treatment of seasonal allergies.
Alleviate headaches and muscle pain
Its pain-relieving effects make it especially helpful in soothing strained and aching muscles as well as neuralgia, or pain extending in a nerve or group of nerves. Therefore, it is a highly recommended alternative treatment to rheumatism, sprains, stiff or strained muscles, lumbago, fibrosis, and nerve pain. All you need to do is dilute the oil with a carrier oil and then massage onto the affected area.
Because of its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, the oil can be used as an ingredient in a non-toxic, all-natural wound-care spray to be used to disinfect and treat open wounds, blisters, boils, cuts, cold sores, insect bites, shingles, sores, ulcers, abscesses, athlete’s foot and bacterial dermatitis.
The expectorant properties of eucalyptus oil allows the oil to unblock your respiratory tract that is closely linked to your ear canal. The oil’s antimicrobial properties also means it can help clear up infections that can lead to a buildup of fluid in your ears, which leads to earaches.
Deodorising and antimicrobial, eucalyptus is great in the fight against bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Precautions
It is crucial to consult a doctor and a licensed aromatherapist prior to starting any therapeutic regimen. This includes natural alternative medicine. The use of eucalyptus essential oil in more than the prescribed amounts can be toxic, and the recommended dosage of the oil varies. Age and health conditions are primary factors in identifying the recommended dose. Always test for an allergic reaction prior to using the oil.
Babies, children and pregnant and breastfeeding women should use essential oils with extreme caution, and not without the approval of their primary health practitioner. People with health issues and compromised immunities are discouraged from freely using the oil.
Never use essential oils neat – always dilute first. The dilution ratio for eucalyptus oil is 1 to 5, so 1 drop per 5ml of carrier oil. If used neat, the oils can be irritation on the skin and can lead to serious health implications. Don’t use these oils, even when diluted, too closely around your eyes. For more information on carrier oils, refer to my website.