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Eucalyptus Oil Uses and Benefits

June 28th, 2012

eucalyptus-leaves.jpgEucalyptus is one of the most popular essential oils. It is a common ingredient in many cold and flu remedies, and its scent is familiar to most people. Eucalyptus essential oil has a wide range of uses: it is a good home remedy for colds and coughs and it can be added into bath and massage oil blends to relieve muscular aches and pains.

Relieve Colds and Coughs with Eucalyptus Oil

There are around 300 varieties of the Eucalyptus tree, but the most used essential oil comes from Eucalyptus globulus (“blue gum”), a tree native to Australia. Eucalyptus radiata is another commonly used variety, and the refreshing Eucalyptus citriodora (Lemon Eucalyptus) is also popular.

Eucalyptus is used in natural remedies for colds and flu. The oil is a basic ingredient in many ointments, chest rubs, and lozenges. Eucalyptus oil is an effective decongestant, and it can be used at home during colds to relieve nasal congestion. Simply add two drops of Eucalyptus globulus or Eucalyptus radiata into a bowl of steaming hot water, cover both your head and the bowl with a large towel, and then inhale the vapors for up to ten minutes.

According to Patricia Davis, author of Aromatherapy, an A–Z (Random House, UK, 2004), Eucalyptus is also antibacterial and antiviral. These properties make it very useful during viral infections, when a few drops of the oil can be used in aromatherapy diffusers to prevent the spreading of the virus. Eucalyptus is antiseptic too, and Australian aborigines have traditionally wrapped eucalyptus leaves around severe wounds to promote healing.

Add Eucalyptus to Bath or Massage Oils

In aromatherapy, eucalyptus is blended into massage oils to relieve muscular aches and pains, and it can also be added into baths to ease muscular tension. When using eucalyptus in a bath, blend 4 to 6 drops of the essential oil with 2 teaspoons of a vegetable oil, such as sweet almond, jojoba or cold-pressed sunflower oil, and add the blend into the bath water. A mix of 3 drops of eucalyptus and 3 drops of lavender essential oil is an excellent home remedy to be used in a bath at the onset of a cold, or whenever you are feeling tired or run down.

Eucalyptus is also a common ingredient in many natural insect repellents, and the oil can be used in aromatherapy diffusers to keep insects away from the house.

Pregnant women should not use eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus can cause skin irritation, and the oil must be diluted when using it on skin. People with sensitive skin should use this oil with care.

This article was supplied by Satu Susanna Rommi from Constant Content.

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