Clear Blocked Nose instantly with Eucalyptus Oil
The evergreen Eucalyptus tree, a native of Australia is the main source of eucalyptus essential oil. The colorless oil is derived from the fresh leaves of the tree by steam distillation and has a strong woody sweet scent. Eucalyptol is the main constituent of the oil and is a key ingredient in perfumes, cosmetics, mouthwashes as well as industrial solvent. The eucalyptus tree is today found in other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa and these countries produce small quantities of the essential oil. Australia still remains the main source of eucalyptus oil for the world. The medicinal Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and analgesic properties and is used in the preparation of rubs, cough lozenges, inhalers, liniments and rash creams. It is being researched and used for diabetic care too.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
It is one of the best loved remedies for cold, cough, fever, bronchitis and viral infections. Inhaling the vapors of the oil immediately provides relief. A few drops in a bowl of hot water should be inhaled for at least 5 minutes to open up the blocked airways. Inhaling a few drops of the oil on a handkerchief throughout the day also provides immediately relief. A warm bath with 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil helps reduce fever and fatigue. Gargling with warm water to which 2 drops of eucalyptus oil has been added helps sore throats.
For rheumatic, arthritic and joint pains prepare oil with 50 ml soy oil to which 8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 4 drops of thyme oil and 2 drops of wheat germ oil has been added. Regular massages on affected joints provide relief from pain and aide movement of joints.
Due to its germicidal and antiseptic properties eucalyptus essential oil can be applied to wounds, burns, cuts, sores and insect bites.
Eucalyptus oil has a strong aroma and provides a cooling and refreshing effect on the mind. It helps to treat fatigue, stress and treat mental disorders. Diffusing eucalyptus oil mixed with lemongrass helps to create a calming environment and relieves mental exhaustion.
For cavities, gingivitis, dental plaques and other dental infections eucalyptus oil has proven to be very effective and hence is an integral ingredient in dental care products.
Hair conditions like itchy scalp, lice, oily scalp can be treated by eucalyptus oil application mixed with olive oil. It also is used in shampoos and hair oils and tonics for healthy hair growth
For refreshing immune boosting bath mix together 2 drops of eucalyptus oil with 2 drops of lavender and 1.2 cup of sea salt.
Eucalyptus oil blends well with other essential aromatic oils like lavender, rosemary, thyme and its use in aromatherapy is slowly increasing.
However, caution should be taken will ingesting eucalyptus oil. In high doses this oil can be toxic and can also interfere with homeopathic treatments.