HIGH ALTITUDE NATURALS TM Eucalyptus essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh leaves of the Eucalyptus Globulus tree, also known as fever tree, blue gum tree or stringy bark tree, native to Australia, but also grown in India, Europe and South Africa. The health benefits of eucalyptus oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal properties. Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinct taste and odor. Due to the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the compound eucalyptol present in it, it is used in rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes. Eucalyptus oil is beneficial for various respiratory conditions and used as a decongestant. It is a good antiseptic owing to its germicidal properties, and is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores, insect bites and stings. During muscle and joint pains, massaging eucalyptus oil on the skin surface helps in getting relief from the pain. It is often recommended for conditions like rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain. Eucalyptus oil provides a cooling and refreshing effect, due to its stimulating properties, thus removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits, proving to be effective for stress and various mental disorders. Eucalyptus essential oil is used in toothpaste due to its germicidal properties. In skin care, Eucalyptus oil is often applied topically to address skin infections. It is also used for regulating of the body temperature and fighting various kinds of germs.
Other benefits of eucalyptus oil include the following:
•Room Freshener: The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals and sickbed atmosphere. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air and hence keeps the room environment clean. •Soaps: Eucalyptus oil has applications in soaps, detergents and household cleaners as well. •Mouth Wash: As mentioned above, the oil is a prime ingredient in many mouthwashes and toothpastes. •Sauna: Many people add eucalyptus oil to baths, spas and saunas due to its refreshing and antiseptic effect.
Usage of eucalyptus oil in aromatherapy is increasing gradually as it also blends well with many other essential oils including thyme, rosemary, marjoram, lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, etc.
One should take care while using eucalyptus oil. If taken in large quantities, eucalyptus oil is toxic. It may also interfere with homeopathic treatments.