Eucalyptus oil has been used by the indigenous people of Australia for centuries to relieve everything from aches and pains to cold and flu symptoms. The oil is extracted by distillation from dried eucalyptus leaves, and is used in everything from analgesic gels to cough drops. In terms of application today, eucalyptus oil is used in insect repellent, shaving balm, soap, shampoo, cough suppressant, disinfectant, asthma treatment, for managing blood sugar with diabetes, treating cold sores, easing pain, freshening breath, and other uses too numerous to mention.
I personally love my eucalyptus oil-base shaving soap and aftershave balm, as it both prevents and soothes the irritation of dragging a razor over my face in the mornings. While originally native to Australia, eucalyptus trees are able to thrive in other similar biospheres, and thus their essential oil is in widespread use.
Here are 15 ways eucalyptus oil makes people’s lives better every day.
For over a century, people in the western hemisphere have been using eucalyptus oil to treat coughs and upper respiratory irritation. Most cough drops on the market today contain a concentration of eucalyptus oil to fix that itch in your throat that just won’t go away. The vapors produced by eucalyptus oil actually soothe the irritated nerves in your respiratory tract, and the oil itself acts a numbing agent to stop that tickle in your throat. As a testament to the power of eucalyptus oil as a cough suppressant, Vicks VapoRub, a popular respiratory treatment, uses a 1.2% concentration of eucalyptus oil, and halls cough drops contain merely 6.5 mg of menthol extracted from eucalyptus oil.
Cold and Flu
One of the greatest benefits of eucalyptus oil is its function as an expectorant to assist your body in purging toxins and harmful virii and bacteria that can make you ill. Treating a cold with eucalyptus oil is simple: add a few drops of the essential oil into an essential oil diffuser before sleeping, and let it run all night long to help relieve symptoms and boost your body’s immune response. Alternatively, you can use a Vicks brand eucalyptus solution in a steam humidifier overnight. If your symptoms are more acute, you can add about 10 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus to a cup of boiling water in a large bowl, put your head over the bowl and cover it with a towel. Breath deeply for about 5-10 minutes, and you will find your symptoms significantly relieved.