The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia and is cultivated in many parts of the world due to its many healing qualities. The oil that is manufactured from its branches and leaves is extensively used in making medicines, creams, and lotions.
Also known as the fever tree, the eucalyptus plant is rich in oil. The leaves, bark, and stems give out a pleasing aroma because of the oil. This oil is extracted through the steam distillation process.
Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
For years, the aborigines have used eucalyptus oil as a remedy for fevers and skin ailments. Today, this oil has found its use in the treatment of the common cough, cold, and some of the more serious respiratory problems. It is an excellent decongestant and also has germicidal properties.
Eucalyptol, the active ingredient of this oil, is a strong disinfectant. The use of this oil can help reduce blood sugar levels. It is a great analgesic in fevers and also helps reduce throat irritation and the buildup of phlegm. This oil is also extensively used to massage the joints in order to relieve joint and muscle aches. It has a heating effect and soothes the nerve ends to relieve any stress on the nerves. The aroma is such that it helps to combat exhaustion and uplifts the mood.
Eucalyptus oil is often added to various massage oils to make them more stimulating and relaxing. The application of massage oil mixed with eucalyptus oil can help to stimulate the mind and body. The application of this oil on the pulse points provides a mentally soothing effect. Eucalyptus oil is also used in commercially available ointments used to relieve muscle, joint pains, and inflammation.
Since the oil is also an excellent germicide, it can be used to disinfect wounds and ulcers. Eucalyptus oil is also used to treat insect bites and stings. When dressing a wound, a few drops of eucalyptus oil can be added to the dressing so that infection does not develop.
A chest compress made of a mix of eucalyptus and massage oils is useful to loosen up chest congestion. It helps to clear out accumulated phlegm and improve the functioning of the lungs. A few drops of eucalyptus oil when used in a diffuser can help to kill off airborne bacteria that may be present in the room.
To lower your fever, use a calf wrap made of eucalyptus oil and lukewarm water. When your feet are already a little warm, this calf wrap, wrapped on both the calves can help bring your temperature down and give immediate