7 Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
One of the biggest sellers on the market today is eucalyptus essential oil. This minty, menthol-like essential oil is originally native to Australia, but is now grown all over the world and is fast becoming a top-seller due to not only its aromatic properties but also its medicinal benefits.
The oval-shaped leaves are dried, crushed and distilled to release the essential oil. The main ingredient is cineole (also known as eucalyptol), which is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and aromatic properties. Australian Aboriginals used eucalyptus as a natural remedy against wounds, infections, aches, and colds. Today, many over-the-counter medications contain eucalyptus oil as one of the active ingredients.
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Read on to find out why eucalyptus essential oil is flying off the shelves (especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic)! Here are 7 wonderful benefits of using eucalyptus essential oil.
Eases coughs and congestion
Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective in relieving coughs and getting mucous out of your respiratory tract. Inhaling vapour made with eucalyptus essential oil helps to loosen mucus from your airways so that when you cough, mucous is easily expelled.
The most effective way to combat congestion and coughs with eucalyptus oil is by steam inhalation, which allows the oil to react with mucous membranes. It’s important to note that eucalyptus oil is strong, so you only need one or two drops to achieve the desired effect.
To create steam inhalation, place 1 - 2 drops of pure eucalyptus essential oil in a small bowl of steaming hot water. Drape a towel over your head and stand with your head about 20 cm away from the bowl. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply, allowing the vapour to enter your nose. Inhale the steam for 5 -10 minutes.
Aids respiratory conditions
Eucalyptus shows positive results for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, sinusitis and asthma. The main ingredient of eucalyptus oil, cineole, may help speed the healing of sinusitis and asthma, and open up the nasal passages and respiratory tract for better breathing. Unsurprisingly, research shows that cineole effectively breaks up mucus in people with asthma! Cineole also works as a natural anti-inflammatory, which is why it's a great treatment for various respiratory conditions.
Eucalyptus essential oil can be used by those with respiratory conditions by steam inhalation (as explained in the previous section), added to their bath, or added to a cold mist diffuser, nebulizer or an oil burner.
Heals the skin
The Aborigines used eucalyptus leaves as an antiseptic to treat wounds, bites, minor burns and skin infections. Today, you can purchase creams and ointments containing eucalyptus oil to promote healing for various skin conditions and injuries. You can also dilute eucalyptus essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice before applying it to a wound or infection.
Relieves muscle and joint pain
Eucalyptus oil has a cooling effect, which in turn reduces pain and inflammation. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties in eucalyptus essential oil will help relieve tension, stiffness and pain associated with exercise, stress, arthritis or minor injuries.
Eucalyptus essential oil creates a refreshing feeling when mixed with a carrier oil and used in massages, and effectively soothes nerve, joint or muscular tension. Added to warm baths (2 - 3 drops), eucalyptus essential oil’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties help to rejuvenate stiff and sore bodies!
Surface cleaning agent
Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its ability to reduce or eliminate surface and airborne microbes. It also effectively removes grease and grime, making it a fantastic natural cleaning product for the home. You can mix it in with hand soaps, laundry detergents, air fresheners, and surface cleaning products, or you can make your own natural concoctions! Eucalyptus essential oil is also beneficial for eliminating mould that could contribute to respiratory issues.
Boosts your energy levels and brain activity
Because eucalyptus oil clears your airways, this allows for better oxygen flow to your lungs, which can boost energy and promote mental clarity. Eucalyptus oil also prevents sluggishness and exhaustion because it works as a vasodilator, which means it prevents the walls of your arteries from narrowing or tightening. This means that there will be better circulation of blood and nutrients throughout your body and brain, allowing optimal mental activity to occur!
Improves oral health
Research has shown that eucalyptus essential oil reduces dental plaque and gingivitis, and can improve bad breath in some people. Some dentists recommend diluting one drop of eucalyptus oil with Organic Coconut Oil and swishing in your mouth or applying one drop to your toothpaste before brushing!
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