Eucalyptus essential oil uses explained
Eucalyptus essential oil is distilled from the Australian Eucalyptus Globulus. Its composition is close to that of the Melaleucas, and it is good for people who are tired, prone to frequent colds.
Eucalyptus oil is best known as a decongestant inhalation for colds and catarrh. It also has very powerful bactericidal and anti-viral action. A steam inhalation with Eucalyptus is an effective natural treatment for colds, because it not only eases nasal congestion, but inhibits proliferation of the cold virus.
Eucalyptus essential oil uses include the use in air-sprays or burners will give a good measure of protection from flu and infectious illnesses of childhood. It is an effective insect repellent.
A spray containing 2% essential oil of Eucalyptus will kill 70% of staphylococci in the air.(Jean Valnet – What is Aromatherapy) This proves that essential oils in their natural state are often more effective than the single chemical constituents.
In infectious illnesses Eucalyptus serves several purposes at once, as it helps the sufferer but also protects the people coming into contact with him/her. Valnet suggests its use in feverish conditions to lower the temperature. Eucalyptus combined with Chamomile and Lavender in baths will reduce the fever and protect others from getting the infection.
The antiseptic and healing properties of Eucalyptus have long been known to Australian aborigines. Sophisticated surgeons have used a solution of Eucalyptus to wash out operation cavities and Eucalyptus-impregnated gauze as a post-operative dressing. It is valuable to burns, and it helps to form new tissue as the burn heals.
One of the other Eucalyptus essential oil uses is for septic conditions and combines well with Bergamot for treating cold sores.
Eucalyptus can be used in massage to relieve pain in rheumatism, muscular aches.
Natural Eucalyptus essential oil uses
It deters mosquitoes if you include a little of the oil in a blend with Bergamot, Lavender or any other insect-repellent oil and use it in a burner or room spray. It will smell fresh and keep flies out as well as fleas away from your dog.
The final Eucalyptus essential oil uses we would like to highlight here is if you get tar on your clothes or skin on a polluted beach, Eucalyptus essential oil is an effective and harmless way of removing it.
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