What is Eucalyptus Oil?
Eucalyptus oil is the distilled oil that comes from the dried leaves of eucalyptus – a colorless liquid with a strong woody and sweet smell.
Eucalyptus globulus – This is the species that has received the most attention from botanists and chemists, and its oil is best known and most used of all eucalyptus oils. It’s cineole is between 60 and 70 percent. As early as the 1880s, surgeons were already using it as an antiseptic during operations. Toward the end of the century, the oil was used in most hospitals in England to clean urinary catheters.(source: Medical New Today September 26, 2013)
How to Use Eucalyptus Oil?
In vapor therapy (in the form of burners and vaporizers), it may be used for respiratory problems, for helping improve concentration, or as an insect repellant. It can also be used in blended massage oil or diluted in your bath – methods that can provide benefits against arthritis, asthma, mucous congestion, colds, headaches, sinusitis, fatigue, and muscle aches and pains.
You may also use eucalyptus oil in a cream or lotion for pain relief and for speeding up the healing of wounds and ulcers.
Use it on your skin for insect bites or wounds, but be very careful when doing so.
In a very diluted form eucalyptus oil can be used to gargle as a soothing remedy for sore throat.
Eucalyptus oil, however, blends particularly well with benzoin, thyme, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, and pine.
This essential oil is commonly used for stimulating mental activity and increasing blood flow to the brain.