Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves of Eucalyptus trees, which are originally from Australia and are now grown in many countries. The oil from these trees has been used as a natural treatment for various medical conditions since the time of ancient Chinese and Greek. Among the many health issues it cures include colds, coughs, constipation and indigestion. Over the years, it has been also introduced in cream and gel forms as treatment for muscle and body pains.
Scientists reveal that there are almost 450 known species of Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus (or commonly referred to as Blue Gum) being the one used for eucalyptus oil production. Eucalyptus globulus tress can grow up to 200 feet tall and provide very narrow and long leaves. The oils from these leaves are extracted to produce the eucalyptus oil that we now use today.
Eucalyptus oil is colorless with a strong woody aroma. It provides 70 to 80% Eucalyptol content and is loaded with flavonoids which provides effective antioxidant, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties.
Eucalyptus oil must not be applied to the skin or taken orally at full strength. In order to get maximum health benefits, concentrated oil must be diluted. Due to its growing popularity as an effective natural treatment for a wide range of health issues, commercially made Eucalyptus oil products that are ready to use are easily available today.
As a cough remedy and phlegm expectorant, it is commonly used in cough syrups and lozenges. For treating muscle pains, arthritis, and rheumatism, diluted oil is liberally applied at the affected area. Eucalyptus oil is also commonly used in producing cosmetics, skin creams, perfumes, toothpastes and ointments.
Proven Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
1. Respiratory Conditions
Eucalyptus oil is highly valued for its effectiveness in treating a wide range of respiratory issues including coughs, colds, runny nose, asthma, bronchitis, mucus infection, and nasal congestion. All of these conditions have been proven to decrease or be totally treated with the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties of Eucalyptus oil. In addition, this oil is a natural decongestant which makes it perfect for runny nose and nasal congestion.
Asthma, which affects millions of people worldwide, is a common health condition that Eucalyptus oil naturally treats. The anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties of this oil relax the blood vessel, thus enabling the proper circulation of air through the lungs. To get normal breathing and lessen coughing, 2 to 5 drops of diluted Eucalyptus oil is applied to the chest area. After a few seconds, the relaxing and soothing properties of the oil will take effect. Furthermore, the oil’s aromatic properties will calm the nerves while also providing instant relief from asthmatic symptoms.
2. Stress and Mental Fatigue Reliever
Often disregarded, stress is an extremely common issue that can lead to other serious health conditions if not treated. An effective way to combat physical and mental stress is by using Eucalyptus oil, which provides relaxing, cooling and refreshing effects. A natural stimulant, this oil works by instantly refreshing the mind and body by decreasing exhaustion, fatigue and sluggishness. This is also the reason why Eucalyptus oil is often used in massage therapy sessions.
Eucalyptus oil has also been proven effective in fighting mental fatigue by increasing blood flow to the brain and stimulating mental alertness. Aside from promoting proper air flow, Eucalyptus oil also enables the body to achieve proper blood flow, thus giving the brain maximum power. To increase mental capabilities, some schools use this oil as aroma therapy during classroom sessions.
3. Treatment of Wounds and Burns
Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Eucalyptus oil is another natural alternative in faster healing of various wounds. The oil works by giving invisible layer of protection on the wound from bacteria, germs and infections. Aside from wounds, Eucalyptus oil’s germicidal properties are also potent against abrasions, ulcers, lacerations and sores. Liberally apply diluted Eucalyptus oil several times daily to the affected area until the wound closes and dries up.
Aside from wounds, Eucalyptus oil is also a proven cure for minor burns due to its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. Its cooling effect minimizes the pain and burning sensation, while its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects decrease the possibility of infection and promote faster healing. Furthermore, this oil can also be used for insect bites and stings. The soothing properties lessen itchiness while decreasing swelling. The oil also helps kill bacteria that may possibly be carried by the insect.
4. Dental Treatment
Eucalyptus oil is a common ingredient in many dental products such as toothpaste and mouth wash because of its antibacterial and germicidal properties. This oil effectively combats dental issues such as tartar buildup, gingivitis, tooth decay, plaque and cavities. The natural healing power of this oil can be attained either by using toothpaste that contain eucalyptus or by gargling diluted eucalyptus mouthwash.
In addition to taking care of teeth, Eucalyptus oil is also a known breath freshener which is why it is a regular ingredient in many mouthwash products. The oil’s antiseptic property kills germs that can cause bad breath, while its cooling effect refreshes the walls of the mouth.
5. Natural Cure for Lice Infestation
Being a natural insect repellant, Eucalyptus oil is also used to prevent and eliminate lice infestation, which most commonly occurs in the head. A few drops of this oil will give pesticide effects without exposing your body to possible harmful side effects of chemical based insect repellants such as drying of head skin and falling hair.
6. Minimizes Symptoms of Diabetes
One of the many causes of diabetes is poor blood circulation, which can be improved by Eucalyptus oil. Consumed directly or applied on the skin, this oil soothes and relaxes the blood vessels, thus promoting proper air flow and blood circulation throughout the entire body. When sufficient blood circulation is attained, symptoms and risks of diabetes are also minimized.
Aside from proper blood flow, Eucalyptus oil also effectively lowers high blood sugar levels. Its antiseptic qualities help clean the body and rid of harmful substances and waste products. People with high sugar levels can directly consume Eucalyptus oil but must be recommended by a doctor. As a natural treatment, Eucalyptus oil can also be massaged into the skin to promote proper functions of the blood vessels.
7. Lowers Fever
Eucalyptus oil is often called “fever oil” due to that fact that it effectively lowers body temperature. Its cooling and relaxing properties help the body attain normal body temperature. In addition, it enables the body to get rid of toxins and harmful bacteria that can cause fever, colds and coughing. A natural expectorant, it softens hardened mucus for easier exit from the body.
Using a few drops of Eucalyptus oil into an air diffuser creates a relaxing environment suitable that enable the body to recover after experiencing colds and fever. This Eucalyptus oil aroma therapy is recommended at night before going to sleep. For daytime fever and coughing, use 5 to 10 drops Eucalyptus oil in hot baths to get instant relief. You can also use 5 drops of this oil on a clean towel damped in how water and place above the forehead to reduce high fever.
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