Organic essential oil comes in a tiny little bottle and might be considered an insignificant part of your home. But nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, essential oils are considered a staple in many of today’s homes. Eucalyptus being just one.
Traditionally, eucalyptus has been used by Aboriginal Australians as a fever reducer, cure for fungal infections, and to heal wounds. Later, it was adopted as an expectorant and disinfectant in European, Greek, and Chinese medicine. Today, pharmacies and grocery stores all over the world carry eucalyptus oil in different forms. Just to name a few are topical pain relievers, sore throat sprays, cold and cough medications, vapor chest rubs, and more.
Here are a handful of reasons why eucalyptus essential oil should be in your medicine cabinet, in your bedside table, or in your desk drawer at work.
A Powerful Decongestant
For sinuses, few things relieve congestion as well as eucalyptus oil. Get yourself some hot water, throw a couple of drops of eucalyptus in there, and inhale deeply. Close your eyes in case you’re one of those that suffers slight eye irritation from the vapors. As the soothing feeling washes over you, your sinuses will feel clearer and you will once again be able to focus.
You can help control your cough with a little bit of steam inhalation as suggested above. Not only is it good on sinuses, but it can help to loosen mucus in your chest. This is why you find eucalyptus in throat lozenges and chest rubs. Throughout your day, engage in several soothing, clearing vapor inhaling sessions.
Chances are, if you have a sore throat, you may also receive some relief from that as well.
Pain Reliever for Muscles and Joints
Whether as a warming balm or a cream, sore muscles and joints can receive some relief from topical applications containing eucalyptus essential oils. Using these oils, menthol crystals, camphor, beeswax, or coconut oil, you can make your own recipe.
A Cleanser for Disinfecting
For general cleaning or something more specific like preventing the spread of viral and bacterial infections, eucalyptus is ideal as a effective antimicrobial wash. Mix it with Casteel soap for a powerful disinfecting wash that is all natural.
If you have sensitive skin, before applying it to your skin, dilute your eucalyptus essential oil with a carrier oil. This applies particularly in the case of sensitive, irritated, or dry areas.
Relieve Symptoms of Asthma
As suggested earlier, inhaling the fumes of eucalyptus helps to not only clear congestion, but can be used to treat bronchial asthma. Some people like to use a diffuser to help clear congestion from and reduce inflammation in airways.
It is important to note, however, that this is not a substitute for prescription asthma medications. Always check with your doctor before embarking on any regime containing an ingredient that you have never before tried.
How about one more bonus use?
Oh, those pesky mosquitoes and other annoying insects! Either as part of an insect repelling spray or topical treatment, use eucalyptus oils on the area you want bugs to steer clear of. Recipes for bug spray can include peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, and citronella as well.
Plant Guru carries not only organic eucalyptus essential oils but a wide array of other essential oils. We also carry body butters, carrier oils, and more. Whether your interest is aromatherapy, do-it-yourself recipes, or taking better care of your hair and skin, we have the product that you need. Check out our impressive inventory today.