Blog 19: Essential Oil of the Week: Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus var. globulus) essential oil is known for relieving cough, cold, allergies & respiratory infections, hence it is widely used in aromatherapy as a holistic healing agent. The leaves of the Eucalyptus plant have been used by the aborigines for millennia for treating respiratory conditions, malarial & typhoid fevers, joint ache, tuberculosis & dysentery, before its properties were studied & celebrated by a German botanist, Ferdinand von Muller in 1870s. As early as 1880s, eucalyptus oil was already in use as an antiseptic during surgeries.
Benefits for respiratory system
Eucalyptol, the active component in Eucalyptus essential oil has proven effects in clearing throat & lung congestion. The aroma of the oil dilates the airways & promotes normal breathing in case of asthma. It helps with common cough, cold, flu & improves immunity.
The oil has strong anti-microbial properties which makes it ideal for treating acne & skin infections. It is also an effective insect repellent & hence can be applied on skin to fend off mosquitoes & flies.
Eucalyptus essential oil helps in controlling excess oil secretion from the scalp. Due to its anti-microbial & anti-inflammatory properties, it treats dandruff, scalp infections & prevents hair fall. The oil also helps in solving the problem of muggy & sticky hair.
The powerful scent of eucalyptus essential oil refreshes the mind & helps in relieving anxiety & stress. It helps in uplifting the mood & brings clarity.
Other Health Benefits
Eucalyptus essential oil offers a bunch of other health benefits as well. It helps in relieving joint pain, muscle sprain & strain. It also promotes complete oral health.
How to use Eucalyptus essential oil
To get relief from cough & cold add 8-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in 50ml of hot water. Inhale the steam covering your head with a towel. It will help in diluting the mucus & will also clear the airways.
Add 22 drops of eucalyptus essential oil with 50ml of a non-scented, good quality cream or lotion for facial application. Regular use will prevent acne, skin infections & will also promote a clearer complexion.
Mix 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil with 100ml boiled & cooled water. Rinse your mouth with this mixture 3 times daily after meals for complete oral health.
Combine 12 drops of the essential oil with 1/3rd cup of bath salt. Add it to your bathing water & enjoy a luxurious bathing experience.
Using eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser will help in easy breathing & will also promote an insect free surrounding.
To relieve aching muscles & joint pain, mix 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil with 2ml sesame oil and massage the mixture lightly onto the affected area. Enjoy the immediate cooling sensation & easing of the pain.
After a long day, add some salt & few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in warm water. Soak your feet in it & relax for 15 minutes. You will feel relaxed & rejuvenated.
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