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. 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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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

Using essential oils in your daily yoga practice can improve your practice, support the immune system, help you focus and lighten your mood. It is easy to simply add a few essential oils, and the impact is worth it and very enjoyable.  I suggest using DoTerra essential oils for their purity and effectiveness. Below are a few suggestions on how to incorporate the oils:

For a mood balancing practice, began with DoTerra's breath essential oil, this supports a connection and deepens your breathing. Place a drop or two in your palms and bring them in a tent to your face. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. After breathing and grounding into your practices.

Next place a few drops of Peppermint oil at the top of the mat. Create a circle on your mat, repeating the circle a couple times. Peppermint oil works a lot like a mantra; it helps you focus and has calming properties. It is invigorating and supports intelligence through out your practice. Just before ending your practice, use Balance essential oils on 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. With this start by sitting in lotus position at the top of your mat. Use one to two drops of peppermint oil in the palm of your hand, rub it together and breath in deeply, allow yourself to connect to your breath and clear your mind. Then apply the oil to your chest and over your lungs, this helps open the airways and prepare your body for effective oxygenation.

Once you are finished with this step use one drop of wild orange on your wrists and at the back of the neck. Inhale deeply and start your sun salutation practice. Once you are complete with the sun salutations, end your series by applying lavender oil at the bottom 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 two 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 hemisphere of the brain.

To clean your mat, use 4 oz of Water in a Glass Spray Bottle and add 10 drops of both Lavender and Melaleuca

 

Disclaimer
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.