Eucalyptus Essential Oil
For centuries, eucalyptus essential oil has been used for a number of health conditions and other general uses. These include support of the respiratory system, deodorizing and more. The oil is derived through steam distillation of eucalyptus shrubs and trees, and has a slightly fruity, sweet and camphorous odor.
Primary Physical Benefits
Eucalyptus oil has a range of different physical health benefits. It is commonly used when suffering with a cough, cold or flu virus thanks to its ability to clear airways and encourage clear breathing. Primary physical benefits include:
- Support of clear breathing;
- Strengthening and assisting overall respiratory health;
- Soothing of muscles that are sore and tired, and
- Cleansing and purifying the skin and teeth.
Primary Emotional Benefits
Although eucalyptus essential oil is more commonly known for its physical benefits on the respiratory system, it also contains a range of interesting psychological and emotional health benefits. In particular, eucalyptus essential oil relates strongly to a person’s desire to be well; encouraging self-care and self-love. Because of this, eucalyptus essential oil is beneficial for people who are looking to regain their own health empowerment, learn to take care of themselves more often and release patterns of neediness to those who are not willing or able to take care of them.
Eucalyptus essential oil is most commonly used aromatically. Just as we can absorb harmful compounds from substances such as chemicals and gases, the beneficial properties of eucalyptus oil can be absorbed into the bloodstream by breathing them in through the nose. Inhaling eucalyptus oil can be done in a number of different ways, and is most commonly noted for its effectiveness when it comes to clearing airways, encouraging clear breathing and supporting the respiratory system. Here are just some of the ways in which you might consider using eucalyptus oil aromatically.
- Diffusion: Some people don’t like the smell of eucalyptus or eucalyptus essential oil, but if you do not mind it then you may want to consider using a diffuser to distribute the oil molecules around rooms in your home where you can inhale them freely. Choose a good diffuser which uses ultrasonic vibrations or room temperature to diffuse the molecules so that they will remain air-bound for as long as possible. Alternatively, you could blend eucalyptus oils with other complimentary essential oils to add to the diffuser.
- Direct Inhalation: This aromatic method of using eucalyptus essential oils is one of the most common when it comes to clearing the airways and breathing freely. If you are suffering from a cold and a blocked nose, holding a bottle of eucalyptus essential oil a few inches away from your nose and breathing in as deeply as you can will help to clear your nasal passages and make breathing easier. Alternatively, put a few drops of the oil in your hands and cup around your mouth and nose.
- Indirect Inhalation: This method of using eucalyptus essential oil aromatically is one of the most useful if you are having breathing problems at night. For example, somebody suffering with the flu or a cold might be experiencing sleepless nights due to blocked nasal passageways. Placing a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your pillowcase will enable you to inhale the aroma as you sleep, clearing your nasal passageways.
- Steam Tent: Another excellent method for those who want to breathe easier, a steam tent can be easily made by placing a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil into a bowl of warm water. Place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl to breathe in the hot, eucalyptus-infused steam.
- Vents and Fans: If you do not have a diffuser, another method of distributing the eucalyptus oil scent around your room is to use a fan or a vent. Simply add a few drops of the oil to a cloth and place in front of the vent or fan.
Eucalyptus oil is safe to use topically, although this should be done with great care in the case of children or those with sensitive skin. As a topical oil, eucalyptus oil is most often rubbed onto the chest area to promote clear breathing and aid the respiratory system. This can be done whilst the oil is neat or mixed with a carrier oil.
Additionally, those suffering from tired, aching or sore muscles can use eucalyptus oil as a massage oil to sooth pain and stiffness. Eucalyptus oil can be used as a massage oil either on its own, mixed with other essential oils or mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.
Eucalyptus essential oil can also be used topically to aid with clear breathing by adding to bath water. If you have breathing problems or are suffering from blocked nasal passageways due to a cold or the flu, soaking in a bath with a few drops of eucalyptus oil can help to unblock the passageways and encourage clear breathing. Additionally, the oil on your body from the water will further promote clear breathing once you get out of the bath.
Finally, the fruity and camphorous aroma of eucalyptus essential oil can be beneficial in waking up the body, whether you are jet lagged, have had a restless night or are simply feeling more tired than usual. Rub the oil all over the body or just in affected areas.
Eucalyptus essential oil is not suitable for internal use. This includes taking the oil in veggie capsules as a supplement and adding to food or drink. If you accidentally ingest eucalyptus essential oil, you should seek medical attention.
Using Around the Home
Eucalyptus essential oil can also be used around the home to create a fresh, clean scent. One common home use for this essential oil is simply placing a few drops at the bottom of your trash can and allowing it to dry before replacing the trash bag in order to prevent nasty odors.
Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to distilled water, and place in a spray bottle to create a natural, cleansing air freshener which not only freshens up the air in your rooms but also allows you to breath more clearly as well. Eucalyptus essential oil combined with lemon and peppermint essential oils creates a very effective cleaning spray for the home.
Eucalyptus oil can also be added to your general home cleaning products for a fresher scent. Add it to home cleaning sprays, non-scented laundry detergent or unscented fabric conditioner.
As with all essential oils, a number of precautions should always be taken before using eucalyptus essential oil. If you plan to use the oil topically, you should always conduct a skin patch test beforehand. Although the oil is not potent and does not need to be diluted before topical use, it is always advisable to test it first to rule out any allergies or adverse reactions. Conduct the patch test by rubbing a small amount of the oil onto your inner arm and leaving for a day.
Eucalyptus essential oil is not suitable for internal use. Although ingesting a small amount of the oil is unlikely to cause any problems, it should be avoided and medical advice sought in the event of ingestion.
Always dilute eucalyptus essential oil for use with children or infants. The oil is safe to use during pregnancy, however it is advisable to seek the advice of your doctor, midwife or OBGYN beforehand. Keep out of the eyes, ears and nose. Excessive use of this oil can lead to skin irritation. If you experience any adverse reactions, stop using and speak to a health professional.