The oil of eucalyptus comes from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree and has a strong herbal aroma with a canvas undertone. While the tree is native to Australia, it can be found today in many other countries like South Africa and the United States. There are more than 700 different species of eucalyptus in the world, of which at least 500 produce a type of essential oil.
Traditionally, the oil of eucalyptus has been used to help combat congestion in the lungs or sinus problems. One suggestion is to take a large bowl, add hot steaming water, and add several drops of the oil of eucalyptus to the water. Then take a towel, cover your head and the bowl and inhale the eucalyptus and fumes. This will help to clear the lungs and clear the sinuses.
But the health benefits of eucalyptus oils don’t stop here. Actually, the list of uses and benefits of the eucalyptus oil is quite long. Here are a few of its healthy use.
To Relief Cough
Eucalyptus oil is extremely effective in alleviating conditions like sneezing, coughing, blocked nose, etc. Cold and flu virus are the main reasons behind lung congestion and sinus problem and eucalyptus oil, when used topically, has the power to loosens the congestion providing immediate relief from cough and cold symptoms
Another common use for the oil of eucalyptus is in the treatment of cuts, minor wounds, bruises and blisters. The application of the oil on the skin helps heal irritation and insect bites and is especially good for skin eruption and oily complexions. It is also used for acne, herpes and chicken pox.
The eucalyptus oil has also some interesting psychological benefits. The inhalation of the sweet-smelling oil helps relax the body and improve your wellbeing. Add a few drops of the oil to a hot bath and the steam and the aroma will help you calm down.
Thanks to its antifungal properties, the eucalyptus oil can help treat infection, minimize residue build-up and clogging of pores on the head. The oil has many chemicals that promote blood vessel contraction and cleansing and this process promote follicle stimulation. Combined with white vinegar and water, the oil of eucalyptus can also help relieve an itchy scalp.
While eucalyptus oil has many benefits, taking too much of it can be toxic. It can also interfere with homoeopathic treatments. Those with allergic sensitivities, the oil might cause airborne contact dermatitis and it can be very uncomfortable and even dangerous. So before you start using it, you may want to consult your doctor for his/her advice.