Eucalyptus oil benefits
As you may know, eucalyptus is one of the most popular oils, however, it belongs to a very different myrtle family. From cough drops to chewing gum, and in deodorants and aromatic compounds for the prevention of catarrhal and viral diseases – eucalyptus essential oil is used in both traditional and non-traditional medicine. It’s even used in cosmetology and in the production of household chemicals.
Its antimicrobial and antiseptic effect has been valued since ancient times. In northern Africa people planted groves of eucalyptus trees as a protective shield against the spread of malaria. However, the most ancient experience of healing and soothing properties belongs to the aborigines of Australia, who used eucalyptus leaves for curing severe injuries.
Eucalyptus oil characteristics
Eucalyptus essential oil is extracted from eucalyptus leaves and any other “green” plant material on the plant, like eucalyptus flowers and branches by means of steam distillation. Most often, eucalyptus oil is derived from the leaves of certain eucalyptus tree species known as eucalyptus globular, which is the most powerful of the eucalyptus plats against bacteria and viruses. Despite this, the eucalyptus oil market sells various types of oils, some of which are extracted from other subspecies of eucalyptus tree. For example, you can find lemon eucalyptus oil, which is a great remedy for skin injuries, burns, and bites.
Eucalyptus oil is fluid, liquid and absolutely transparent, usually without shades in color. The unique aroma of fresh eucalyptus tree is strong in its oil. It is known to have a cool, fresh, and minty smell, combined with wood-camphor notes, light and tart, and seasoned with a resinous fragrance.
Eucalyptus oil uses
The use of eucalyptus essential oil is recognized worldwide. It is known as an efficient remedy for many diseases. It is used in food and industrial production, and it is recommended to people who need to improve their psycho-emotional state. The cosmetic properties of eucalyptus oil have been confirmed by specialists and dermatologists. Let’s look at benefits of eucalyptus oil step by step:
Of the many healing properties of eucalyptus oil, the most illustrious are the expectorant ones. This is why it is often prescribed for treating colds and cough. Its unique antiviral and bactericidal properties encourage mucous membrane cleansing, promote the normalization of secretions and prevent the reproduction and spread of viruses.
It should be mentioned that eucalyptus essential oil improves immunity, helps in curing arthritis and headaches, relieves inflammation of the urinary tract, lowers sugar levels, and improves carbohydrate metabolism. Moreover, it has even been shown that eucalyptus oil is helpful in scarlet fever treatment (“Milne Treatment” by Dr. Milne for New York Times).
In gynecology, eucalyptus oil demonstrates a unique combination of anti-erosive properties with the ability to rapidly eliminate chronic and acute inflammation.
In cosmetology, eucalyptus oil is not used as widely. It is mainly applied to the skin to fight infections and inflammation. Eucalyptus essential oil is also known as a treatment for herpes, and acne.
This healing oil can be used for restoring skin after frostbite, wounds or burns, including those caused by undiluted aggressive essential oils. In addition, eucalyptus oil helps to whiten the skin. When applied on the head skin regularly, it protects hair from dandruff and hair loss.
For psycho-emotional stability
Do you need to quickly recover from severe stress? Eucalyptus essential oil can help you cope with it. Certain extreme events such as diseases, unexpected troubles, and accidents can result in physical and mental pressure. Eucalyptus oil awakens hidden body reserves and contributes to the activation of internal energy. It enhances thinking processes, logic and mental activity.
Eucalyptus oil is considered an ethereal “protector” for intellectuals who work with a large amount of data and figures. The aroma of this essential oil quickly removes fatigue, apathy, drowsiness, and increases productivity. For a long time, eucalyptus was thought to be a good treatment for melancholy.
For household needs
The fragrance of eucalyptus oil repels insects, effectively disinfects and eliminates unpleasant odors and prevents the airborne spread of viruses and infections, which makes it possible to use the oil as a main preventive agent. According to WebMD, lemon eucalyptus oil is on the list of best active ingredients for repelling mosquitoes. Uses of eucalyptus oil are not limited to that; it can also help to get rid of resin from any surface, including pine resin.
With all the benefits of eucalyptus oil shown, we hope you add a bottle of it into your first-aid set. Take care, stay healthy and enjoy the relaxing and fresh smell of this aromatic essential oil!