Eucalyptus comes from the Eucalyptus tree, also known as Tasmanium Blue Gum tree, which is an evergreen tree native to Australia. While it plays an important role as a food source to koalas, the oil extracted from the leaves have numerous health benefits because of its antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Decongestant– helps colds, flus, and respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and even tuberculosis. Add 10 drops of eucalyptus extract oil to a pot of boiling hot water, put a towel over your head, sit over the pot, and inhale the steam. Alternatively, it can also be inhaled directly from the bottle, from a cloth or cotton ball dampened with the oil, rubbed on chest like a vapor rub, or put inside a diffuser.
- Skin & hair – nourishes and moisturizes skin and hair while repelling itchy scalps and dandruff. Also used as a natural remedy to rid one of lice.
- Wounds – because of its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, it heals wounds, burns, cuts, scrapes, infections, and even bug bites.
- Stimulant & stress reliever – removes mental sluggishness and rejuvenating as it is able to stimulate blood flow to the brain and increase mental activity.
- Joint & muscle pain reliever– as it is also an analgesic, massage the oil onto the afflicted area.
- Oral hygiene – fights cavities, gingivitis, plaque, and infections as proven by its feature on many toothpastes.
In addition to eucalyptus oil’s health benefits, it has a very pleasant scent that makes it great for aromatherapy, as an air freshener, and in skincare products, detergents, and cleaners.
As with using any new substance for the first time, consult your doctor first and do a small patch test to test for any allergic reactions.