Who would have thought that a source of food for the Koala Bear could become one of the best natural healers for a variety of ailments? It’s fair to say that while we share the Australian native Eucalyptus tree with fuzzy, cute creatures, we also reap the benefits of extracting the oil and using it for ourselves as well.
Below are five benefits of eucalyptus essential oil you may not have known about.
1. It’s great for your hair
If your hair is lacking volume and shine, then why not get the eucalyptus oil out? By mixing half a teaspoon with olive oil, your hair will be looking shiny and voluptuous once more. Eucalyptus oil is also used as a natural remedy for head lice, as well as reducing dandruff and an irritated scalp.
Of course, there are products on the market targeting these problems as well, but if you’re after a natural remedy, eucalyptus oil is the answer.
2. A natural accompaniment to home cleaning
Not only does eucalyptus oil have anti-microbial properties, but it also smells absolutely gorgeous. Get the best of both benefits and add it to your home cleaning products such as laundry detergent and mop water. The anti-microbial properties will ensure those nasty little germs are eradicated, all the while leaving a lovely smell in its place.
3. Great for coughs, colds and respiratory problems
If you’re feeling under the weather or you’re suffering from a respiratory problem such as asthma or bronchitis, make sure your house is fully stocked with eucalyptus essential oils. This miracle oil has been proven to dilate blood vessels which, in turn, allows more oxygen into the lungs. You can turn it into a balm for chests, you can soak in it in the bath, and you can even steam it to clear your nasal passage and sinuses with ease.
4. Treating injuries
Whether you’ve got a bug bite, a cut, a scrape or a burn, eucalyptus is sure to make a huge difference with its anti-microbial and anti-septic properties. No longer do you have to stock five different products in your home for the same result! By dabbing the oil on the affected area, you will instantly reap the benefits of less irritation and a faster healing process. Your risks of infection are greatly reduced as well.
5. Removes odors
Whether the kids are coming home with smelly gym shoes or the dog’s bedding is stinking out the house, give eucalyptus a try. Simply soak a rag in water mixed with the oil and wipe down the ‘smelly’ areas. Dry it in the sun and reap the benefits of a much better smelling pair of shoes!Mixing with other essentials oils – It is known for its cooling effect and it is great when mixed with Peppermint or jojoba oil. You can click here for additional information on other essentials oils and what to use in your own homemade mix.
NOTE: There can be some side effects if you use too much eucalyptus oil. If you consume more than 3mL of undiluted oil, you run the risk of suffering from eucalyptus poisoning. Symptoms include stomach pain, muscle weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and the feeling of burning. Consult your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur.