The tall Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus globulus), originally from Australia, grows almost everywhere and is widely known as the gum tree. Eucalyptus leaves are long, smoky green and have a powerful invigorating aroma. Ayurvedically, eucalyptus has a pungent taste, a heating energy and reduces Vata and Kapha while it increases Pitta It’s main actions are diaphoretic (causes perspiration and increased elimination through the skin, decongestant and stimulant, meaning it increases internal heat, dispels internal chill and strengthen metabolism and circulation.
The essential oil is extracted by distillation of the leaves and its main chemical components are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol. Due to its multiple qualities, it is widely used in diverse commercial products like mouthwash, rubs, ointments and beauty care products. Since eucalyptus has many medicinal properties and uses, it’s a great idea to have a bottle of pure and therapeutic grade eucalyptus essential oil at home to compliment your daily health care.
It is ideal to clear breathing pathways, open airways and promote vigor and vitality. Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick. To help clear congested pathways, pour one or two drops of eucalyptus oil into your hands, place over nose and inhale deeply. This also promotes vitality and an invigorating feeling. You can also rub it on the chest for aiming to clear chest congestion. Diluting it with a carrier oil (coconut, olive, almond) minimizes possible skin sensitivity.
A study from NYU Medical School found that using eucalyptus was effective at treating Sinusitis. Patients experienced faster improvement when supplementing with eucalyptus oil for allergies and sinus issues. The study had participants take eucalyptus oil internal, and it was also recommended to gargle with it to clear the throat.
The strong antiseptic qualities in eucalyptus makes it ideal to support in the healing process of cuts and wounds. Take advantage of its germicidal properties by diluting it in water as a daily mouthwash to compliment your everyday mouth care and help prevent plaque, gum disease and cavities. When experiencing muscle and joint pain, a massage with eucalyptus oil, diluted with other carrier oils such as sesame, coconut or olive, can provide relief and lessen the pain due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities.
A few drops of eucalyptus oil with coconut or olive oil gives your hair a nice moisturizing pick me up. This is especially great to ward off dandruff and an itchy scalp. Also, eucalyptus is used as a natural remedy for lice in replacement of chemical treatments.
It also can be used in a daily home cleanser. To create your own surface cleanser, combine eucalyptus with lemon and peppermint oils and water into a spray bottle to wipe down surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom.
Because eucalyptus oil might be toxic if taken internally in large amounts, it is recommended to use it carefully, avoiding the contact with eyes and keeping it out of the reach of children. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using Eucalyptus oil.
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