Aromatherapy Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus, also known as gum tree is native to Australia and Tasmania. They are the fastest growing and tallest trees. It has refreshing fragrance which is the reason why aromatherapists use the oil of this plant in healing health ailments. Eucalyptus oil has antiseptic properties and found very beneficial in treating disorders.
Eucalyptus trees were once planted in huge amounts by the French government. This was done so to eradicate all the toxic gases that were responsible for malaria. This worked a lot in eradicating malaria but the effect was not produced by eucalyptus oil since the trees utilized the marsh land and transformed it into dry land, thus not providing a suitable environment for the mosquito’s survival.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus produce long, thick and bluish-green leaves. These leaves are processed through distillation method and the oil is extracted. There are almost 600 varieties of eucalyptus trees through which the oil is extracted and the most used variety for essential oil extraction is Blue Gum Eucalyptus. Aromatherapists mostly prefer Eucalyptus citriodora for essential oil due to its pleasant lemony fragrance.
Eucalyptus essential oil is an inexpensive oil. It is used in colognes and aftershaves for scent purpose and in household cleansers and mouthwashes as an antiseptic.
Primary constituents of eucalyptus –
Eucalyptol or cineol, limonene, pinene and various other 250 components.
Fragrance of eucalyptus –
The fragrance is camphoraceous, sharp and pungent.
Therapeutic properties of Eucalyptus –
Eucalyptus has antiviral and antiseptic properties. It provides relief from arthritic, rheumatic and many other types of pain. It also treats lung congestion.
Uses of Eucalyptus
- It has got high antiseptic properties thus, effective for treating muscle pains, sore throat, fever and flu.
- Many vapor-rubs and liniments contain eucalyptus essential oil as a primary ingredient.
- The steam of the eucalyptus oil is beneficial for relieving sinus problems and lung congestion, such as asthma.
- By adding 1 – 2 drops of the oil to the water, it can be used as a compress. It can also be used in bathing water by adding 5 – 6 drops.
- It is used to treat skin lesions developed by chicken pox, herpes and acne.
- The fragrance of eucalyptus enhances the activity of brain and removes mental and physical fatigue.
Homemade Recipe –
Mix equal amount of both eucalyptus oil and apple cider vinegar. Apply this mixture on the affected area. It works as an antiseptic for insect bites, boils and wounds.
Do not use eucalyptus essential oil for asthma attack.