For centuries, the Australian Aborigines considered Eucalyptus as their universal cure but it was only in the late 19th century that a German explorer, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, suggested that this herb, and its oil, had healing and antiseptic properties. In this guide, we will study the history, medicinal properties and uses of Eucalyptus herb and its essential oil.
After von Mueller’s discovery, the French government took Eucalyptus very seriously and even shipped its seeds to Algeria to help French colonists who were battling there. Doctors began to use Eucalyptus to treat meningitis and later, in 1919, even patients suffering from the Spanish Flu. Today, Eucalyptus oil is produced by many nations including India, China, Chile, South Africa, Portugal, Spain and Russia. Mainly, it is used to treat respiratory illness but it also finds use in medicines, cosmetics and shampoos as well as skin care products and balms to treat burn wounds, ulcers, fever etc.
• Antipyretic (prevent or reduce fever)
• Immune system support
There are two types of Eucalyptus species used for producing its healing essential oil: Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata. Both have similar properties described above but there are subtle differences. Eucalyptus radiata has a softer aroma and gentler approach in treating respiratory issues which is why many aroma-therapists prefer it over Eucalyptus globulus. In addition, Eucalyptus radiata has analgesic, mucolytic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
The essential oil of Eucalyptus is steam distilled from the plant’s leaves and twigs. It is a marvelously versatile and useful oil. In summers, it cools the body and in winters it protects it from seasonal colds, coughs and flu. Research has proven following benefits and uses of Eucalyptus oil:
Eucalyptus herb and its essential oil act as an analgesic when one is suffering from cold, sinusitis and cough etc. Inhaling the steam or vapors arising from boiling water to which you have added a few handful or Eucalyptus leaves is the best remedy to get rid of head cold, nasal congestion and sinusitis pressure. Essential oil of Eucalyptus can be applied to temples to relieve headache and migraines. The oil is extremely invigorating and relieves aches and pains caused by fevers and flu.
Diluted Eucalyptus oil can relieve skin irritation, flaking, itching etc. The herb and its oil therefore find use in shampoos, skin lotions, creams and medicines to treat burns, wounds, insect bites, rashes etc. You can also apply the oil directly on cuts, scrapes, boils and blisters to prevent infections. The herb’s strong antiseptic and healing properties eliminate germs and speed up skin repair and healing.
Eucalyptus oil is wonderful in massage lotions and oils as it relieves aching muscles. Balms made with the oil can relieve headaches, neck aches, back pain etc. You can also add the oil to foot bath for relieving tired, aching feet.
The oil is wonderful for diffusing in children’s rooms to prevent seasonal infections, colds, flu and viral diseases. You can also diffuse it in workplaces during winters when people are coughing and sneezing, in order to prevent the spread of microbes.
The oil is also wonderful for clearing head and improving focus, memory and concentration. It can boost one’s mood when suffering from aches, pains and fever etc.
The herb’s strong medicinal fragrance repels bugs like mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants, roaches etc.
Eucalyptus oil and herb are also known for their anti-histamine and anti-allergenic action. The herb eliminates dust mites which are responsible for asthma attacks.
The fresh, invigorating and slightly medicinal scent of Eucalyptus oil makes it a wonderful addition to shampoos, underarm deodorants, and natural perfumes as well as in hand soaps, sanitizers and body washes. The antibacterial action of the herb removes odor-causing bacteria to keep you smelling great for hours.
A combination of Eucalyptus and tea tree oils makes a wonderful shampoo for those suffering from issues like head lice and dandruff. The oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic action which eliminates lice eggs and nits and also prevents and treats ringworm (tinea), fungal skin and scalp diseases, sebhorric dermatitis.
Add a few drops to carrier oil or massage lotion to relieve aches and pains.
Add a few drops to hot water in bath tub and soak in it to relieve cold, aches, pains etc. You can also make a foot bath with the oil and warm water to soak aching feet or feet with blisters, boils, shoe bites and tinea/ringworm/fungal infections.
Add a few drops in the steamer or room diffuser to alleviate cold, flu symptoms and clear the head.
Add a few drops to moisturizing creams, lotions or skin care products and apply to exposed body parts during camping, hiking, picnics etc. This will help repel bugs and also alleviate pain caused by cuts, scrapes, bites, stings etc.
Add the oil to laundry machines to eliminate dust, pollen and other allergens.
Add a few drops of the oil to cold or hot water. Soak a clean cloth in it and wring out the excess. Press the compress on sprains, strained muscles, aching temples, neck, back etc or for treating swellings, blisters, insect bites, stings and so on. Also wipe using the oil soaked cloth when you want to disinfect your hands in absence of soap.
Eucalyptus is a splendid, powerful oil that is emotionally and energetically uplifting, cooling and healing. Therapeutically, it has antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant and analgesic properties. Do make this oil a part of your home medical kit!
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