I love the smell of eucalyptus oil. When I diffuse it, my home smells like I’m at a spa. But eucalyptus oil has so many benefits aside from just smelling nice. Throughout history, it’s been used to heal wounds, cure fungal infections, and reduce fever. It’s also been used as a disinfectant and expectorant. So where does eucalyptus oil come from, why is it beneficial, and how can you use it to help your family?
I am not a doctor and this article is presented for informational purposes only.
Where Does Eucalyptus Oil Come From?
Eucalyptus can refer to several flowering trees and shrubs in the myrtle family, mostly native to Australia. Interesting fact: koalas primarily eat eucalyptus leaves. A mature plant can take the form of a tree or a low shrub. They produce beautiful flowers, and the appearance of the bark can vary depending on several factors.
The leaves of selected species are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil. There are three types of oil available: eucalytpus globulus, eucalyptus radiata, and eucalyptus citriodora. There are many brands available; this is the one I use.
There seems to be some conflict about the safety of ingesting the oil. Some sites will say it’s alright for a short period of time, others say not to take it internally at all. I have also read that eucalyptus radiata is the only one safe to ingest. My recommendation would be to check with a licensed healthcare professional before choosing to use the oil internally.Eucalyptus oil is a truly versatile tool to have in your natural medicine cabinet. How can it benefit you and your family?Click To Tweet
Uses and Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptol is the component that makes the oil so beneficial. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. And it fights bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, as well as helping to clear the respiratory tract of built up mucus. It’s truly a versatile and useful oil. So how can you use it around the home?
- Relieve sinus congestion by adding a few drops to hot water and breathing in the steam. Keep your eyes closed, though, or you could burn them. This worked wonders for my husband when he was congested. His doctor gave him an inhaler, but this worked so much better! You can also mix it with coconut or another carrier oil and use as a chest rub. Or diffuse it at night to help you sleep when congested.
- Control coughing using the methods above. You can also inhale directly from the bottle or from a cotton ball to instantly relieve cough and the chest pain it causes. I learned this trick when we had the flu and nothing else would bring us relief.
- Disinfect your home by adding a few drops to your homemade cleaner. This works great on counters, sinks, and so much more! This is the recipe I use. Instead of the tea tree oil, you could easily use eucalyptus. This will also inhibit mold growth.
- Boost your immune system by diffusing eucalyptus oil or inhaling from the bottle. This is a great way to (hopefully) avoid getting sick during cold and flu season.
- Relieve asthma symptoms, again by inhaling or diffusing the oil. Because eucalyptus is anti-inflammatory, it helps to clear congestion from airways. However, it is not meant to be used in place of prescribed medications.
- Repel insects and mice by adding eucalyptus oil to a homemade bug spray. You can use it on your skin or spray around your home.
- Use it for aromatherapy. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, eucalyptus oil smells wonderful. It can help you concentrate and boost your mood. Diffuse it as part of an at-home spa day to enhance the experience. Read more ways to pamper yourself at home here.
- Improve seasonal allergies by diffusing or using as a chest rub.
- Relieve skin irritation by adding 2-3 drops to a cotton ball and rubbing on the affected area. This also works for insect bites.
- Alleviate headache by diffusing or inhaling the oil.
- Relieve muscle pain by mixing with a carrier oil and massaging into the affected area.
Eucalyptus oil is a wonderful tool to keep in your natural medicine chest. But be sure to use safely and with caution to avoid doing more harm than good.
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