As we endure these cold, winter months, we felt it would be fitting to discuss the benefits eucalyptus oil. Many of you already know about the medicinal properties of this amazing oil but we have a few uses that might actually surprise you!
1. Cold & Influenza Treatment
If you’ve ever used Vicks Vapor Rub, you’ve felt the power of eucalyptus. Australian Aboriginals use eucalyptus infusions as a traditional medicine for treating a variety of ailments. Eucalyptus not only works as an expectorant but it can also rid your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms. Try adding several drops of essential oil into your diffuser before bed to help you get a good night’s sleep when you’re ill. For extra healing power, add several drops to hot water, soak a towel in the mixture, then place the towel over your face and breathe in the steam for 5-10 minutes.
2. Scalp & Hair Conditioner
Eucalyptus oil works wonders on dandruff and dry, itchy scalps. It also works as a follicle stimulant! For added shine, thickness, and overall hair health, try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to some room temperature coconut or olive oil and saturate the hair from toot to tip. Just make sure to use the Eucalyptus sparingly as too much can actually reduce hair shine and create buildup on your scalp. Try using this treatment about an hour before showering. You’ll want to shampoo and condition your hair really well to make sure any residue is gone.
3. Natural Cleaner
Eucalyptus works as a natural disinfectant and antiseptic and can be used in a wide variety of household cleaning projects. It also does a number on grease and clothing stains. Do a quick Google search to learn how to make your own natural home care products (including soap). If you suffer from allergies or asthma, using natural products with Eucalyptus will be a great help, which brings us to the next one…
4. Sinus & Allergy Reliever
Eucalyptus oil isn’t just great for cold and flu sufferers. Those with allergies and asthma can find relief from it as well. A study from NYU Medical School found that using eucalyptus oil was effective in treating sinusitis (sinus infections). Patients who took the oil internally showed faster improvement with their allergy and sinus issues.
5. Muscle & Joint Pain Reliever
If you suffer from muscle and/or joint pain, massaging eucalyptus oil onto the skin can help! Eucalyptus oil has natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties so it is often recommended to those suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis, and even nerve pain. Massage the oil in a circular motion on the affected areas of the body. Remember to dilute the oil before using it!
6. Odor Remover
Pets, cigarette smoke, mold, you name it and eucalyptus can probably take care of it! Soak a rag in eucalyptus oil infused water, dab it onto the item in question, and place the item outside to dry in the sunlight. This action not only takes care of existing odors but also prevents them from coming back. Mix with with water, lemon oil, and tea tree oil for a super odor busting home spray!
7. Mental Stimulant
Many people suffer from fatigue and sluggishness, especially during winter months with all of the illness and lack of sunlight. Eucalyptus oil is refreshing and a natural stimulant and has been known to combat exhaustion while rejuvenating the spirit. Pour yourself a cup of tea, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your oil diffuser, and get happy!
8. Cooling Agent
Eucalyptus oil is often referred to as “fever oil” as it works to reduce fevers and cool body temperature on hot, summer days. When mixed with peppermint oil, it packs a serious cooling punch and even works as a natural deodorant!
9. Chronic Respiratory Treatment
We mentioned how Eucalyptus helps with cold and flu symptoms. However, it also helps with more severe respiratory problems like asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Using eucalyptus is proven to dilate the blood vessels to allow more oxygen into the lungs. For those who suffer from the ailments mentioned above, try adding a few drops of Eucalyptus oil along with some Peppermint oil to your diffuser to open up those airways!
10. Infection & Wound Treatment
Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that are effective in treating wounds, burns, and cuts. It also can be made into a salve/ointment and used on bug bites and stings. Eucalyptus oil can prevent infection and even provide natural pain relief to the area where it is applied. Amazing!
You must always exercise caution when using essential oils as you would with any healing method. It is important to remember that you should ALWAYS dilute eucalyptus oil before using it as it is highly concentrated. Side effects of Eucalyptus oil use include:
4. Stomach problems
5. Airborne contact dermatitis
If you experience any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use and seek medical attention.
Signs of Eucalyptus Oil Poisoning
If you notice the following symptoms after using eucalyptus oil, immediately discontinue use and seek medical attention:
- Feeling of suffocation
- Small pupils
Don’t let the side effects scare you away from this amazing oil! If used properly, you will likely have no problems. If you have concerns, please consult your physician.
Please note that we are NOT medically qualified to diagnose or treat any illness at Transformations Salon and Spa. Our goal is simply to share information with you that may prove to be beneficial! Your health, happiness, and well-being are very important to us! You should always contact your physician before changing or adding anything to your health practices!
Now, we turn to you. What are your favorite Eucalyptus oil benefits? Do you have a success story to share? Please, share with us in the comment section below!
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