10 Amazing Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil
The evergreen eucalyptus tree is a native to Australia and is thought to be the main food source for those adorable koala bears. But while it would certainly seem to provide health benefits for the wildlife, the essential oils that we humans can extract from this tree come with very powerful medicinal benefits too.
According to British legend, an Englishman who had settled in colonial Australia cut his thumb with an axe. Fortunately, his father was a dab hand with Aboriginal folk medicine, and he was able to apply a bandage that was rich in eucalyptus leaves around the cut. The man’s thumb healed quickly and wasn’t infected.
The local Aborigines used eucalyptus to heal all wounds. Thanks to this, knowledge soon spread and it wasn’t long before pharmacists were patenting and selling eucalyptus oil products for a profit. Let’s take a look at the 10 amazing benefits of eucalyptus oil that Australians have known about for centuries.
The Common Cold & Flu
Eucalyptus essential oil is basically an expectorant which helps to flush your body of nasty toxins that can make you ill – and it can help with get over a pesky cold that always seems to come at the wrong time!
To get rid of your cold with eucalyptus, we recommend dropping a few drops of this oil into your diffuser, as you hit the sack at night. In this way, you will feel its benefits for several hours as you sleep.
This is another one of fabulous benefits of eucalyptus oil. Hygiene is super important, but when you’re out and about, it can be difficult to clean your hands. This can be a problem if you know you’re going to be picking at food any time soon. So what do you do?
Eucalyptus essential oil is your saviour. This essential oil is fantastic at removing grease from your hands. You can use it at any time, including after a hard day at work. Don’t worry how dirty your hands appear to be – no job is too big for eucalyptus essential oil!
This is one of my favourite benefits of eucalyptus oil. Okay, let’s get straight to the point: we all smell. At some point or another, after a long day at work, at the gym, or perhaps after an afternoon walk, smells do happen.
They happen in our arm pits, in our shoes, and they also emanate from our pet dogs.
Thankfully, eucalyptus essential oil is a marvellous remedy to body odour, and it’s so much healthier than spray-on deodorants that are loaded with toxins. To remove odours, simply soak a dab of eucalyptus essential oil into a wet rag.
Aren’t coughs horrid? Many people often say that the worst part of a cold is not the raspy voice, not the tight chest, not the runny nose, and nor is it even the scratchy sore throat.
Nope, it’s always the nagging cough that outlives all the other symptoms by about four weeks.
Sometimes we wake up in the middle of the night with such a tickle that we fear we’re never going to stop coughing ever again!
Eucalyptus essential oil really is the best friend you never knew you had. Rub some of eucalyptus essential oil mixed with carrier oil on your chest and you can loosen mucus and eliminate it from your body, managing your cough like a good ‘un.
Feeling weary, sluggish and on the verge of all-out stress? Eucalyptus essential oil is here to lift your spirits, because one of amazing benefits of eucalyptus oil is that it’s actually a stimulant (a healthy one!) that eliminates exhaustion and world-weariness and gets you back on your feet in no time at all.
Relieve Muscle & Joint Pain
Muscle and joint pain can afflict anyone, young and old. It can even afflict top athletes and anyone who works a physically demanding job.
Another one of fantastic benefits of eucalyptus oil is that it’s really great at relieving all those niggling aches and pains. You can prepare it as a cream or a warm balm, applying it topically to your painful joints and muscles. They will soothe in no time at all!
There are a number of recipes you can find online for your own homemade pain-relieving cream, or you could pop into your local health store and ask what concoction they recommend.
You’ve probably not had head lice since you were a kid, but if you’re now a parent yourself, it’s almost inevitable that your child will suffer a bout of head lice at some point. It’s just something that comes with the school territory.
And if your child suffers from head lice, you can be sure as heck that you might catch some eggs too! Eew! I know!
Benefits of eucalyptus oil come handy again. Eucalyptus essential oil is derived from the wilds of Australis, so it’s a natural pesticide that repels bugs. Lots of people have used it to treat head lice past and present, and because it’s good for the hair you’ll also be stimulating hair growth at the same time. Fantastic.
Pearly White Teeth
All these years you’ve probably been cleaning your teeth with toothpaste like the rest of us, right?
Well, you might not have realised it but eucalyptus essential oil (or homemade toothpaste prepared with added eucalyptus essential oil) makes for a pretty good substitute for commercial toothpaste. Not only is it naturally minty and tasty, but it can actually treat plaque, gingivitis and cavities. So you get the benefits of great breath and lovely pearly white teeth.
Benefits of eucalyptus oil can go on and on, and here is another one of them: it can treat wounds and sores. Earlier, we told the story of an Englishman whose thumb wound was treated by the application of eucalyptus leaves. His thumb was healed with absolutely no sign of infection!
To this day, people continue to treat their wounds with eucalyptus essential oil. You can treat your ulcers, cuts, burns, sores, abrasions and so on. Anything!
Okay, so you’ve gone and blistered your skin by worshipping the sun too long yesterday, have you? What are you like?!
Fortunately, eucalyptus is a very forgiving essential oil and even helps with self-inflicted issues, such as sunburn. This oil creates a lovely cooling sensation on your skin and helps to numb the pain caused by sunburn.
Disclaimer: It doesn’t really help to tackle really, REALLY nasty sunburn. You’re on your own!
Do you know other benefits of eucalyptus oil?