The arrival of winter sets the stage for a diminished immune system and spells the return of an onslaught of debilitating flues and nasty colds. Now more than ever the need arises for effective and low-risk treatments that help prevent these crippling ailments and help alleviate their symptoms.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a natural multi-purpose cleaning agent and medicinal remedy which, when used appropriately, can lead to improved health and hygiene as well as general well-being. This is not only inexpensive and readily available; its healing properties are so vast and comprehensive that it is without a doubt one of the most useful and effective essential oils available on the market.
So Where Does Eucalyptus Oil Come From?
The evergreen Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus Globulus), better known as the Blue Gum, is native to Australia and is famous for the distinctive smell of its leaves and sap. Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves by means of steam distillation.
- Eucalyptus oil is highly regarded for its medicinal properties, which are second to none.
- Antiseptic and germicidal properties assist in fighting germs and infection.
- As it is an effective decongestant and strong anti-viral oil, it helps to relieve discomfort caused by nasal congestion, bronchitis, coughs as well as reduces fever.
- With its antifungal and antibacterial properties, Eucalyptus oil can aid in the treatment of a variety of skin conditions such as boils, athletes foot, cold-sores and dry scalp.
- Eucalyptus oil is rich in cineole, an antiseptic that kills bacteria that can cause bad breath and has been shown to help prevent plaque and gingivitis.
- Used for massage, aside from leaving your body feeling wonderfully refreshed, this essential oil will help ease arthritis and muscle aches and pains.
Eucalyptus extract is an ingredient often found in commercially available medications. For those of us who prefer not to mix both natural and chemical components in our medications, here are a few tips on busting colds and flu without the extra nasties:
- Eucalyptus oil has been compared to menthol as it acts on receptors in the nasal mucosa, which help to alleviate nasal congestion. In a large heat-friendly bowl, add 2-5 drops of oil to hot water in the bowl. Drape a towel over your head. Inhale the steam for five minutes. Keep a safe distance from the steam and take care not to burn yourself. Use 2 to 3 times daily with steam inhalation.
- Alternatively, you can add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil (less for children) to running bath water and soak. Close all your bathroom windows so as not to let the vapour escape and to relieve congestion.
- Eucalyptus is used in vapour rubs as well, combine 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus oil to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil and rub it directly on the chest, back and neck two to three times daily.
- Help ease aches and pains associated with arthritis, spasms and muscle injuries. Add 5 drops of Eucalyptus oil to your favourite massage oil or body lotion and work into affected area.
Diluted, this little miracle oil has proved to be useful as a detergent for cleaning floors and bathtubs, removing greasy and persistent stains, and even for washing and ridding pets of pesky fleas.
- For a natural scouring cream for effective cleaning and disinfecting of bathtubs, showers, toilets and hardy surfaces combine half a cup of baking soda with 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. Then add a few drops of natural liquid soap to create a paste.
- Naturally disinfect the air entering the vacuum cleaner, pour approximately 5 drops of eucalyptus oil onto a tissue and drop it into your vacuum cleaner bag. The eucalyptus scent will be dispersed through the machine effectively sanitizing and deodorizing.
- Dust mites feed on our dead skin cells, which makes our bedding a perfect home for them to thrive in. Add 25 drops of eucalyptus oil to your wash cycle when cleaning bedding, linen and towels. Not only does the eucalyptus oil repel dust mites, but it will add a fantastically refreshing fragrance to your laundry.
Awesome Tip: Use 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil in a spray-pump bottle filled with water. Spray your house with the mist. Fleas hate the smell and will hit the floor running!
Caution: Do not use if you are suffering from of kidney dysfunction or are pregnant.
Because essential oils are concentrated, highly potent substances don”t use undiluted on the skin.
Disclaimer: We are not medically trained in any way; if you suffer from a medical condition, please consult your doctor or homeopath.