OIL SPOTLIGHT: EUCALYPTUS

EUCALYPTUS

( Eucalyptus Radiata)


This essential oil is typically know for it's antiseptic qualities as well as it'a ability to clear congestion. It is a cooling oil, which has a slight camphorous, sweet, fruity scent. Eucalyptus is steam distilled from its leaves. If you have stood by this tree before you will get a soft aroma which feels calming to the soul. This oil is one of our must have's in the house. 

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Common Primary Uses

Asthma, Brain / Blood Flow / Bronchitis / Congestion / Cooling (body) / Coughs / Diabetes / Disinfectant / Ear Inflammation  / Emphysema / Expectorant / Fever / Flu / Hypoglycemia / Inflammation / Jet Lag / Kidney Stones / Lice / Measles / Neuritis / Overexercised Muscles / Pain / Pneumonia / Respiratory Viruses / Shingles / Sinusitis / Tennis Elbow / Tuberculosis 

Other Possible Uses

When used with Bergamot it can be helpful with herpes. Also effective with acne, hay fever, high blood pressure, vaginitis. 

Properties

Analgesic / Antibacterial / Anticatarrhal / Anti-Infectious / Anti-infalmmatory / Antiviral / Insecticidal / Expectorant 

Common Application Methods

Topical: Can be applied neat ( no dilution) For sensitive skin or children dilute 1 drop to 1 tbsp carrier oil. Apply to reflex points and/or specific area of concern. 

Aromatic: Diffuse or inhale from the bottle or cupping of hands


DAILY USES

Shower

Most people would have come across Eucalyptus during a trip to the spa, a regular essential oil in the steam baths as it opens your nasal passages and help with breathing. A great way to start your day is using Eucalyptus in your morning shower. It is invigorating, refreshing, clearing and it smells like your own personal spa. That is a reason to wake up excited. We all feel a little less groggy and more awake when beginning our days. 

Add a few drops to a wet washcloth and place in the corner of your hot shower. Let the room fill with steam and then jump in and breathe. I also follow with 1 drop in my hands and cup over my nose before I get out. One last awakening sniff. Also try adding a drop to some coconut oil and use as a hair moisturizer. This can help with an itchy scalp or dandruff. Great tip for treating Lice. 

Cold & Flu

Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick. One of the most effective ways to utilize eucalyptus for colds is to drop several drops of the essential oil into your diffuser before going to sleep so you can take advantage of the healing benefits all night long. For more acute situations, you can make a steam bath by pouring a cup of boiling water into a bowl, and then mix 1-3 drops of eucalyptus EO, place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for five–10 minutes.

Respiratory 

Eucalyptus essential oil is highly effective for treating respiratory problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and even tuberculosis. Using eucalyptus for asthma is a proven treatment that dilates the blood vessels and allows more oxygen into the lungs. Simply mix eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and coconut oil for a homemade vapor rub, and put on upper chest.

Wounds

Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that are effective at treating wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, sores and scrapes. It also can be made into a salve or healing ointment and put on bug bites and stings. Along with acting as a natural pain reliever to the area, it also keeps the area from getting infected, which speeds healing.

Odor & Spot Cleaning

Having a teenage boy the locker room smell is not my favorite nor a stinky dog bed. You can topically wash items to remove odors with a wet rag soaked in eucalyptus oil-infused water, and place outside to dry in the sun. This can prevent odors as well as keep the shape intact! You can diffuse in the bedroom with Grapefruit and Rosemary to cover up that funk. Or make an anti stink spray with lemon and tea tree oil. Like lemon essential oil, eucalyptus oil is highly effective at removing spots on your carpet, clothes and basically every fabric you have in the house. It even works to get gum off your shoes! Make sure to “test” it first on a small corner just to make sure the oil doesn’t react strangely with the material you treat.

Cleanser

Try putting a few drops into your vacuum and clothes dryer filters to freshen them up and sanitize them a little. Also, it’s great for killing mold in your home, and you can mix eucalyptus with other oils like clove and tea tree oil to cleanse the air and maintain a mold-free home. Not only does eucalyptus give a nice, fresh fragrance to your home products, but it adds vital anti-microbial properties as well. You can’t go wrong putting several drops into pretty much everything: soap, laundry detergent, mop water, toilet cleaner, window cleaner … the list goes on!

Pets

It’s proven to be safe in pretty much any way that you would use it on yourself. Just be sure to keep it out of eyes and any open wounds!

 

Please note- Dilute for children/sensitive skins as this is a rich potent oil. This oil may not be ingested. It is safe to use while pregnant. These are all suggestions based on experience and research. Make sure to test on a small patch of skin before using any oil to make sure you are not sensitive to it. My daughter is allergic to Eucalyptus topically, so we use alternative oils. (she showed signs of a small heat like rash). Most people are fine with this oil. Keep an eye out for blends containing Eucalyptus on this site. Click here to order oils

 

 

 

 

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