Essential Oils

Uses of Eucalyptus Oil

The tall eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus globulus), originally from Australia, grows almost everywhere and is widely known as the gum tree. Its long, smoky-green leaves have a powerful invigorating aroma and a pungent taste. In Ayurveda, eucalyptus is regarded as a source of heating energy that reduces vata while increasingpitta, helping to dispel internal chill and strengthen metabolism and circulation. Its main actions are diaphoretic (i.e., causing sweating), decongestant, and stimulant.  

The essential oil is extracted by distillation of the leaves. Its main chemical components are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant qualities, eucalyptus is widely used in commercial products like mouthwash, rubs, ointments, and beauty care products. Since eucalyptus has many medicinal properties and uses, it’s a great idea to stock a bottle of pure and therapeutic-grade eucalyptus essential oil alongside the the other products used in your daily health care routine.

Eucalyptusis ideal for clearing breathing pathways, opening airways, and promoting vigor and vitality. The oil works as an expectorant and helps cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms. To help clear nasal congestion and refresh your vital energies, pour one or two drops of eucalyptus oil into your hands, place them over your nose, and inhale deeply. You can also rub eucalyptus on your chest to ease bronchial congestion. Diluting eucalyptus with a carrier oil (coconut, olive, almond) minimizes the possibility of skin irritation.

A study from NYU Medical School found that using eucalyptus oil helped relieve sinusitis. Patients experienced faster improvement when supplementing conventional allergy and sinus treatments with eucalyptus oil. The participants gargled with the oil to help clear mucus from the throat[1] . 

The strong antiseptic qualities in eucalyptus make it ideal for supporting the healing of cuts and wounds. Take advantage of its germicidal properties by diluting it with water for use as a daily mouthwash to complement your everyday mouth care and help prevent plaque, gum disease, and cavities. Because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, eucalyptus oil is also an excellent choice for pain relief when diluted with a carrier oil and massaged into sore muscles and joints.  

A few drops of eucalyptus oil added to coconut or olive oil gives dry hair a nice pick-me-up, while warding off dandruff and an itchy scalp. Eucalyptus is also an effective natural alternative to synthetic chemical treatments for head lice. 

The oil can even be used as a household cleanser. To create a green alternative to harsh spray-on disinfectants, combine eucalyptus with lemon and peppermint oils and water in a spray bottle. Wiping down surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom with this mixture brightens and sanitizes them, while leaving a fresh herbal scent in the air 

Because eucalyptus oil can be toxic if taken internally in large amounts, 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.

You can purchase high quality, therapeutic-grade eucalyptus oil here.

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. 

Incorporating Essential Oils into Your Daily Yoga Practice

Integrating essential oils into your daily yoga routine can expand the capacity of your practice to nurture wellness by supporting your immune system, sharpening your concentration, and lightening your mood. It’s easy to heighten the mental and physical effects of yoga with the nourishing properties of essential oils, and the impact of doing so can be profound. I suggest using dōTERRA essential oils for their purity and effectiveness. Below are a few suggestions on how to incorporate the oils into your practice:

For a mood-balancing practice, begin with dōTERRA’s Breathe essential oil to strengthen your connection with your breath and deepen your breathing. Place a drop or two in your palms, and  cup your hands over your face. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Then concentrate on feeling grounded as you practice the poses.

To optimize your mental energy, place a few drops of peppermint oil at the top of your mat. Dip your finger in the oil, and draw a circle on your mat, repeating the circle a couple times. Peppermint oil works a lot like a mantra; it helps you focus by evoking a calm yet alert mental state and supports intelligence throughout your practice. Just before ending your practice, apply Balance essential oils to the bottoms of your feet, and then relax into corpse pose.

If you need to make your practice quick, sun salutations are the way to go. Start by sitting in lotus position at the top of your mat. Add 1–2 drops of peppermint oil to the palm of one hand, rub both hands together, and breathe in deeply, allowing yourself to connect to your breath and clear your mind. Next, apply the oil to your chest, over your lungs; this helps open the airways and prepare your body for effective oxygenation. Then place 1 drop of wild orange on your wrists and 1 on the back of the neck. Inhale deeply and start your sun salutation practice. Once you are done with the sun salutations, end your practice by applying lavender oil to the bottoms of your feet and resting in corpse pose.

Additional Tips:

Some people like to help the body detox during a yoga practice; if this is you, take 2 drops of lemon essential oil in your water before and after your session to help flush toxins and cleanse the body.

For meditation, use sandalwood and or frankincense to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

To clean your mat, pour 4 ounces of water into a glass spray bottle, and add 10 drops each of lavender and melaleuca essential oils.

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease.