Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant's fragrance or essence which is much more potent than the plant itself. Every essential oil have a distinct aroma and its own characteristics and properties. Essential oils are most commonly used in aromatherapy, in which they are inhaled through various methods like steam inhalation or through a diffuser.
Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell, and long-term memory . The limbic system also plays a role in controlling several unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. As such, it is believed that essential oils can exert a physical effect on your body.
Today we will be discussing the excellent healing properties of Eucalyptus essential oil which is nothing less than magic.
Eucalyptus essential oil have been in use for its healing properties in natural medicine for centuries. It was first used by the Aboriginal people of Australia, who used it to heal most wounds. Infusions made of eucalyptus leaves were used to treat body aches, common cold and congestion, fever etc.
Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil:
1. Curing Cough and Cold
Eucalyptus oil has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and expectorant properties. No wonder it has been used to treat cough for centuries. It kills the infection causing bacteria, helps in expelling excess mucus and soothes sore throat when applied topically.
A few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil can be added to about 30 ml of any carrier oil of choice and rubbed onto the chest and throat. Alternately diluting eucalyptus oil in boiling water and inhaling the steam also helps. The Bibo Vapor Rub On has eucalyptus oil as one of its active ingredients.
2. Clearing Congestion
Eucalyptus oil is a natural expectorant. Thus inhaling this essential oil can loosen hard mucus congesting the chest and nasal passage.
3. Soothes cold sores
The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus can ease symptoms of herpes. Applying eucalyptus oil to a cold sore may reduce pain and speed up the healing process. Using balms and ointments that contains this essential oil can cure for cold sores.
4.Promotes Skin Health
Due to its anti-inflammatory property and natural cooling sensation, eucalyptus oil soothes sunburns and skin rashes. Its antibacterial properties also protect the skin from infection.
5. For healthy scalp and hair
Eucalyptus essential oil is also has anti-fungal properties and thus it fights off fungus like malassezia, the most common cause of dandruff.
6. Treating wounds
Because of its anti-septic property this essential have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to disinfect wounds and accelerate healing and treating inflammation.
7. Breath Freshener
Because of its antibacterial properties eucalyptus oil can be used to freshen breath as it fights the germs that causes bad breathe. This is the reason why several mouthwashes and toothpastes contain the essential oil as an active ingredient.
8. Pain reliever
Research have shown that eucalyptus oil eases joint pain and body-ache in general because of its analgesic properties. Specifically why many over-the- counter analgesic creams and ointments used to treat arthritis contain this essential oil.
Additional note: Eucalyptus oil is not for internal use, should not be ingested, and should not be used directly on children. Always test for allergy before using any essential oil.