Eucalyptus can be used to support congestion for ease of breathing, used as a cream or rub for muscle and sports recovery, and as a natural insect repellent.
Eucalyptus belongs to a plant family of flowering trees and shrubs in the myrtle family. They are native to Australia where over 700 species of Eucalyptus grow and dominate its landscapes. Eucalyptus leaves are packed with oil glands which produce the aromatic oil, which gives it the distinctive scent.
Benefits & Uses
Eucalyptus is well known for its support for a congested respiratory system. It is an effective remedy to use in an inhalation, as a chest rub, an ingredient in lozenges to ease congestion and aid breathing.
Eucalyptus oil has powerful antiseptic properties which are often used in:
- Oral mouth washes, gargles and toothpastes, helping to keep gums and teeth healthy
- Hair products to support microbial balance of scalp and hair follicle, making it useful for irritated and itchy heads and fighting unwanted bugs
- Diluted eucalyptus oil, either in carrier oil or a cream, to help balance microbial interferences on the skin.
Eucalyptol and antioxidants in eucalyptus oil can help to support sports recovery and ease joint discomfort in the form of massage oils and creams.
- Eucalyptus oil is an effective room freshener helping to remove odor. Some use it in saunas for its refreshing and antiseptic power
- Insect repellents often contain eucalyptus oil for its deterring properties; research has shown that it may also help to deter rats
- It can be used a potent household cleaner, mixed with water and vinegar or even be used as a stain remover for clothes and other fabrics.
Please note that eucalyptus oil should not be used undiluted. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.