Eucalyptus is a tree, eucalyptus oil is distilled oil derived from the leaf of the tree and is used as medicine. Native to Australia eucalyptus oil is popularly used as an antiseptic, pharmaceutical and as flavouring in perfumes and cosmetics, a tree that is now cultivated worldwide, its oil is also used for industrial purposes.
Eucalyptus oil have been used for centuries for its medicinal benefits especially for treating colds and congestion for which it is still popularly used, even surgeons also used it for its antiseptic properties during the eighteenth century.
The main ingredient in the eucalyptus leaves is eucalyptol, an oil known to fight infections and have expectorant properties and as such eucalyptus oil is used for a number of ailments from bronchitis to snoring.
Eucalyptus oil is found as an ingredient in cough syrups, vapour rubs, inhalers and throat lozenges all over the world. Eucalyptus oil is popularly known to treat any problem of the respiratory system because it opens the lungs, clear nasal passages and is one of the main reasons why its main ingredient eucalyptol is found in a variety of cough drops.
- It is used in the treatment of wounds and insect bites
- When used externally it can help with muscle and joint pain especially in people suffering from arthritis but must be used in moderation as it can cause the skin to irritate and it can also treat boils
- Can cure psychological disorders and anxiety
- The oil can be applied on the belly to treat inflammation or diarrhoea and fights infections
- It is found as an ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes which prevents plaque and thus protects against gingivitis, cavities and other dental infections
- This powerful oil can be diffused in the air or inhaled directly
- Improve blood flow to the brain by diffusing it throughout the home or place of study
- Regular use can increase circulation especially in diabetics
- Can be massaged around the outer ear to clear inflammation
- It is known to cool the body and as such regulates body temperature in cases of high fever
- Regulates blood sugar by massaging in the soles of the feet
- Can be used to treat shingles tuberculosis and pneumonia
Studies have proven that eucalyptus oil is beneficial for all the above ailments and many more because of its antibacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral properties an oil with a sweet fruity camphorus aroma.
Eucalyptus oil must not be used on infants and children under two years old and should be diluted if used close to them. If your infant is experiencing trouble breathing, it is of great importance to contact a health care practitioner immediately before administering any form of medication.
Eucalyptus oil should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin directly; it should be diluted for safety measures.