Eucalyptus essential oil gets its name from the plant it was created from. The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia but is now cultivated worldwide, partly due to its sterling reputation as an antiseptic, flavouring, fragrance, insect repellent and pharmaceutical agent. It’s commonly used in steam rooms and is known as a cough and cold remedy.
Did you know that eucalyptus oil is also known as “the oil of wellness”? It’s said to address many of the negative emotions attached to illness, including neediness and feeling clingy, defeated and powerless to heal.
Eucalyptus oil can energise you and refresh you mentally while calming and soothing your mind at the same time. It’s popularly used to stabilise mild mood disorders and reduce stress.
Eucalyptus is a natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s often used to clean small cuts, burns and other minor wounds. You may find that it also reduces pain and speeds up the healing process. Its antimicrobial effects and its cineole content make it effective for respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis, among others.
What the science says about eucalyptus
Scientific research tells us that not only is eucalyptus antimicrobial, but it also has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immune-stimulatory and spasmolytic effects.
How to use eucalyptus essential oil
- Use eucalyptus essential oil to create an antiseptic wound wash by mixing two cups of water with 10 drops of the oil. Put your mix into a spray bottle and spritz some onto a clean cloth before gently wiping the affected areas down.
- Add some to your diffuser or bath to help you breathe better.
- Dilute eucalyptus essential oil in some carrier oil and apply it to your skin to promote skin health and to help relieve inflammatory pain.