Eucalyptus plants or gum trees are shrubs that are mostly found in Australia and some in Asian countries like Indonesia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. It is a fast-growing shrub that is actually very present the whole year-round. Eucalyptus plants are not considered danger or waste perhaps because of its scientifically-proven benefits especially if it is in its oil form – which we know as essential eucalyptus oil.
What is Eucalyptus Oil?
Eucalyptus oil is the distilled oil that comes from the dried leaves of eucalyptus – a colorless liquid with a strong woody and sweet smell. Eucalyptus oil contains 70-85% 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol) – an ingredient in some mouthwash and dental products.
Researchers have found that Eucalyptus plants, specifically its extracted oil, have some essential and important components that make it very useful to people, households, medical practice and to anything under the sun. Because it is a plant that is always present (year-round) and easy to cultivate many people have discovered, created and used it for many certain types of ailments or home problems.
It is often a key ingredient in perfumes and cosmetics because of its unique fresh and clean aroma, and also as a dental or industrial solvent. Additionally, it is used for its aroma, eucalyptus oil also has flavoring, pharmaceutical, and antiseptic uses. Our team has been using the amazing benefits of the eucalyptus plants and oils and want you to know how this eucalyptus oil can help you! We’ve done our research on the 21 best uses and benefits of Eucalyptus oil.
Uses of Eucalyptus Oil
1. Antibiotic Replacement
The oil taken from dried leaves of the eucalyptus tree is considered to have anti-bacterial mechanisms that affect those bacteria found in the upper respiratory tract. Because of this, eucalyptus oil has been used as antibiotics to combat upper respiratory infections. That being said, you can get away from those capsules or tablets that are quite scary at times (and non-natural).
Based on a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, eucalyptus oil has some painkiller properties. So next time you feel some pain and you don’t want to take pain killers, try smelling eucalyptus oil to ease your body.
3. It helps shoo away insects
Because of the strong scent the eucalyptus oil brings out, it has become a ‘go-to’ insect repellant. If you want to protect yourself, you can either apply the oil directly onto your skin. Or, place it in a vaporizer so the scent would be distributed across the room giving you that extra protection from all those flies and mosquitoes.
4. Immune Booster
Eucalyptus oil helps make your immune system stronger. According to research conducted, macrophages (cells that kill infections), reacts stronger when eucalyptus oils are applied. Also, eucalyptus oils help immune cells to create their own protective mechanism.
5. Air Freshener
Eucalyptus oils can be used to make the atmosphere a little aromatic. If you have some stinky shoes or dog house that’s isn’t smelling very nice, use eucalyptus oil to remove the odor. Just soak a rag in a basin of eucalyptus oil and water, wipe it on the thing you want to smell nice, let it dry under the sun and voila, you have one nice smelling by-product once again, like brand new!
6. Hair Remedy
If you’re still having a bad hair day after using all the hair products in the supermarket, why not try eucalyptus oil. To rid away itchy scalp and dandruff, apply eucalyptus oil on your hair roots. And if you want some shiny, moisturized hair, drop a few eucalyptus oils onto it and there you go – a fun hair day.
7. Worm, worm, go away
Because of the vermifuge capability of eucalyptus oil, it’s considered to be a good cleanser that cleans out the places where parasitic, microbial, and bacterial organisms thrive in the body such as the intestines.
8. Tooth Aid
Eucalyptus oil can not only be anti-bacterial in the upper respiratory tract but it is also an anti-tooth decay oil. Thus, if you want to save your teeth and your money from dentist visits, try using eucalyptus oil in your daily dental routine. However, since we all have different teeth, you should ask your dentist about it, before using it, just to be sure.
9. Lung Relief
Asthma attacks and clogged airways are always uncomfortable. If it happens that you get asthma attacks or have difficulty breathing, try inhaling the scent of eucalyptus oil or use a diffuser to help ease and decongest your airways. A simple substitute for your inhalers in case you don’t have any at home.
10. Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Oil
If you’re looking to have some nice scented home or an awesome aromatherapy moment, use eucalyptus oil. The aroma that diffuses from the oil can give you a refreshing feel and can stimulate your senses. Perfect for your reading time or your romantic date.
11. Inhalant or Vapor Rub
Eucalyptus oil can be a very good substitute for Vicks since this oil has some powerful effects when applied to the chest or torso of those suffering from TB or pneumonia since it can alleviate the pain of clogged and irritated lungs. In case you encounter difficulty breathing, try applying the oil onto your chest and your back for the best results.
12. Helps the heart
The heart is the main organ tasked for the proper circulation of blood. And sometimes, some people, like the diabetics, face circulation problems. So to help with this problem, massage eucalyptus oil in areas where you feel like your circulation of blood is poor or minimal. For example, in your legs. Or why not, in your chest for your heart.
13. Wake-up Pill
Help someone who fainted by having him or her smell some eucalyptus oil. Yes, no need for slapping or a basin of water, eucalyptus oil would do.
14. Lice Buster
Most girls, even men, hate chemical products on their hairs, especially if that’s a lice killer. Lice treatments have been thought of as having too many chemicals. This is why people are a bit doubtful to use it. If you’re one of those doubters, you’re saved by eucalyptus oil. Since eucalyptus oil has been useful in repelling bugs, studies show that this oil can be also used as a natural method to treat lice. Saved!
15. Flu Fighter
If you think you’ll get down with the flu, try to enjoy an aroma of eucalyptus oil. It’s been said that by smelling it, it can help ease down the symptoms. And feel free to massage it, too, onto your belly and joints to alleviate diarrhea and pain that comes with the flu.
16.Eucalyptus Oil in Soaps
Eucalyptus oil when combined with other essential oils creates strong but pleasant scents and because of its antibacterial and antifungal benefits, eucalyptus oil is now being also being used in soaps.
17. Your Mental Sharpie
Eucalyptus oil is sometimes blended with other essential oils such as peppermint in diffusers which can boost the mind to be mentally sharp and focused.
18. Cold Sores Away
Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-infection properties. It reduces pain and swelling and also helps heal sores so that’s the reason why eucalyptus oil is often included in many cold sore cures.
19. Eucalyptus Oil vs Ear Infection
It is not recommended to put eucalyptus oil in the ear canal but by simply massaging the oil on the surroundings of the ear will help prevent inflammation and infection. It can also serve as pain relief, especially for kids.
20. Reduces Pain from Kidney Stones
Eucalyptus oil is sometimes used to relax muscles and reduce swelling, and also used to dilate blood vessels that will increase blood flow and oxygen supply in the body which can relieve pain and may actually help kidney stones pass. So if you’re not ready for medical surgery, try using eucalyptus oil scent.
21. Cures Endometriosis
The combined healing properties of eucalyptus oil and lavender oil can give pain relief and relaxation. They are usually used in aromatherapy and endometriosis bath to relieve pain and swelling caused by endometriosis. Finally, a girl’s remedy!
Some precautions to take when using Eucalyptus oil
With these amazing uses that eucalyptus oil can give, precautions must still be taken into consideration.
- Eucalyptus oils are toxic when ingested so take extra care for this not to happen.
- Check for allergies or skin sensitivity especially for kids and infants before using.
- Practice moderate use of these oils.
- If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
With these uses given, we hope you’ll be able to use some or all to your advantage the proper way. Please do keep in mind the precautions indicated as well. Lastly, why not try planting your own eucalyptus tree to take advantage of all these uses and more? Let us know how you benefit from the miracle-wonders of eucalypts?
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