Eucalyptus essential oil has a long history of traditional usage. Even the modern medicine uses eucalyptus essential oil in many externally applied medications and over the counter cough and cold medicine. Needless to say, the uses of eucalyptus essential oil are manifold and therefore, here are a few reasons why you should have a bottle of this oil in your home.
Aboriginal Australians used this herb to heal wounds, treat fungal infections and as a potent remedy to cure fever. Later, many civilisations like Chinese, Indian, European, and Greek adopted eucalyptus as a disinfectant and expectorant medication.
Eucalyptus essential oil works as an effective decongestant if you are suffering from a bad cold or blocked nose.
Simply add a few drops to hot water and deeply inhale the fumes to have quick relief from a clogged nasal passage. Remember to close your eyes as the fumes are quite strong. This oil can also be used topically by diluting it with carrier oil like coconut and used as a chest rub.
Eucalyptus essential oil contains Eucalyptol, which helps in controlling severe cough. Use the steam inhalation method as discussed in the first point for relief. You can also consume eucalyptus lozenges few times a day to manage your cough.
Use eucalyptus essential oil as a warm oil therapy to relieve muscle and joint pain. Topical application of this oil can soothe severe pain and help in muscles to relax.
Use eucalyptus essential oil as a natural disinfectant owing to its antimicrobial properties. It also prevents spread of viral and bacterial infections.
Mix eucalyptus essential oils with castile soap to make your own cleansing-disinfecting-powerhouse.
Use eucalyptus essential oil to kill germs in your mouth, reducing plaque and preventing gum disease. Use small quantities of eucalyptus essential oil to make your own mouthwash and even toothpaste.
The presence of eucalyptol makes eucalyptus essential oil anti-inflammatory in nature and therefore effective in treating bronchial asthma.
Inhale the fumes for quick relief and clearing congestion from your airway passage.
Because of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of eucalyptus essential oil, it is effective in its use as a topical insect repellent spray/oil.
Eucalyptus essential oil is wonderful oil for aromatherapy. Its refreshingly powerful fumes are stimulating and help in boosting concentration and keeping up your energy levels. Especially, if you are feeling low, using this oil in a diffuser can freshen up your entire home in a jiffy.
Herbal remedies although getting popular by the day can also be harmful for a select few. Allergic reactions and headaches are few of the side effects if a certain herbal solution doesn’t suit you. Since eucalyptus oil is quite strong in its concentration and fragrance, soliciting medical advice is strongly recommended before you go ahead with any of the above remedies.