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EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL USES

WHAT IS EUCALYPTUS GOOD FOR?

Aside from having a beautiful deep aroma there are many benefits to using this oil.

  1. Respiratory: Eucalyptus can help to lessen mucus and open the air passages. It has also shown to be effective at relieving seasonal allergies.
  1. Cough Suppressant: Eucalyptus is one of the ingredients in the well known product 'Vapor Rub' this is because of its ability to help suppress the urge to cough.
  1. Hair Health: Tests that have been done using Eucalyptus essential oil on the scalp have shown improvements in hair gloss and elasticity.
  1. Kills Head Lice In a study done in 2017 set out to determine the effectiveness of essential oils for lice treatment. They tested a treatment containing Eucalyptus and Lemon tea tree oil on children and adults. It was tested against the Banlice mousse treatment. After the patients were treated the results found that the EO treatment was more than twice as effective as the standard chemical mousse application. There were also less side effects, making the essential oil treatment an effective alternative. 
  1. Bug Repellant: Eucalyptus has been shown to repel bugs and pests. This has not only been proven in studies but also has been my own personal experience.
  1. Cleaning The Home: Because of the qualities that Eucalyptus posses it has made it a great oil to use in cleaning products. The cleaning industry uses Eucalyptus in their products for more than its pleasing aroma.
  1. Protect Pets From Fleas: Is Eucalyptus safe for pets? That depends on its use. Studies have shown Eucalyptus oil to be toxic for dogs and cats when ingested. To be on the safe side avoid Eucalyptus oil topically or all together when dealing with these precious animals. However studies have shown that having a Eucalyptus tree in your yard will help repel tiny insects such as fleas and keep them out of your yard, lessening the chances of these nasty insects infesting your furry friends.
  1. Wound Healing: In a study from 2017 by The International Journal of Nanomedicine, researchers found that eucalyptus oil mixed with olive oil has a synergistic effect in the treatment of wounds. 

METHODS OF APPLICATION 

  1. Personal Inhaler: In a small essential oil inhaler add 5-10 drops. Keep on your person and sniff it through the day.
  2. Diffuser: Add 5 drops to a diffuser 15 minutes before you go to bed or occupy the room to help clear the sinuses.
  3. Facial Steam: When you are feeling miserably congested use this method. Add 1 drop (never more than one drop, if you accidentally add 2 drops or more dump it out and start over) and steam for 3 or more minutes.
  4. Applied To Neck And Feet: Use a carrier oil and dilute your essential oil to an appropriate dilution and rub at the base of the neck and bottoms of the feet, for an immune boost.
  5. Applied To The Chest And Back: Dilute your oil appropriately and rub on the chest and back then cup your hands to your face and breath deeply. Always inhale the oils off of the hands when applying topically, this enhances the effects of the EO's.

A few great ways to use EUCALYPTUS 

  • Add a few drops to a diffuser for easier breathing.
  • Add 10 drops to a personal inhaler for allergies.
  • Use 1 drop in a facial steam for congestion.
  • add 1 drop to your mouthwash for oral care
  • Use on the bottoms of the feet to boost defenses and promote well being.
  • Use a few drops in a spray bottle for doing hair to deter lice throughout the day.
  • Add a few drops to your conditioner,  leave in for a few minutes before rinsing to strengthen hair.

Let's take a minute to get to know Eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus globulus, commonly called blue gum, it is an evergreen tree of southeastern Australia.

It can grow to be 480 feet tall and is found growing in deep rich soil. There are over 700 species of Eucalyptus, and almost all the species are native to Australia.

Eucalyptus has been around for centuries. Historically it was touted as a cure-all medicine that was popular among the Aborigines.

This oil became more popular during World War 1, when it quelled a meningitis outbreak during the 1919 influenza epidemic.

Eucalyptus was first produced commercially in the 1850's.

As the industry for essential oils  grows so do the clinical studies.

Though not all essential oils have been studied in depth, Eucalyptus has definitely had its time in testing.

Some clinical studies suggest that Eucalyptus Globulus has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral activities.

This makes it a great multi purpose essential oil.

Its scent comes from the high eucalyptol content (1,8-cineole) which makes up around 60% or  more of the Eucalyptus globulus chemical composition.

Because of the 1,8-Cineole it makes it a great oil for the respiratory tract.

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