Eucalyptus oil is obtained from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, scientifically classified as Eucalyptus Globulus. Eucalyptus oil originated from Australia, first used by the aborigines, where locals began bottling the oil in the 1780s. Eucalyptus oil is known for its distinctive odor and its properties including anti-inflammatory , antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating qualities.
Common uses for eucalyptus oil include:
- Wounds – Eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It can also be effective treating insect bites and stings. In addition to soothing the affected area, it also protects open wounds and irritated areas from developing infections from microbial activity and exposure to the air.
- Respiratory Illness – Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties eucalyptus oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis.
- Asthma – Calm the throat and dilate blood vessels, which will allow more oxygen into the lungs and normal breathing can be achieved, by massaging several drops (diluting with a tablespoon of carrier oil) onto the chest.
- Mental fatigue – Eucalyptus oil is considered a vasodilator by many, meaning that it increases the blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels and allows more blood to circulate – more blood to the brain means more brain power. Also thought to be a stimulant, Eucalyptus oil reduces exhaustion and mental fatigue.
How can you use Eucalyptus oil at home:
- DIY vapor rub
- DIY antibacterial blend
- Use in diffuser/vaporizer
- Dilute with carrier oil and apply directly to affected area
A word of caution:
Eucalyptus oil should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin full-strength. It must be diluted for safety. Taking 3.5 mL of undiluted oil can be fatal.