Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil that is taken from the leaves and stems of the eucalyptus tree through steam distillation. It takes 110 pounds of leaves and stems to make two pounds of eucalyptus oil. It is an essential and valuable resource to the world. The Aborigines used this oil to treat fevers, colds and pain. It was their way of treating sick people. They did not have medical technology like we do today, so they used what was available to them. This oil has a positive effect on the muscles and the body. It has an aromatic scent that goes deep in the system to relieve pain and symptoms associated with the cold and flu. It even helps to lower blood pressure when used properly. One way of ingesting is orally with tea.
Eucalyptus oil is used in soap for its germicidal and aromatherapy benefits. When used for aromatherapy purposes, eucalyptus oil can combat exhaustion and mental sluggishness. Although no scientific evidence exists to support the theory, many believe that the scent of eucalyptus promotes the feeling of mental well-being. Candles, massage oils and bath products attempt to capitalize on the benefits of eucalyptus’scent.
Eucalyptus oil is widely used in home remedies. A couple of drops added to massage oil can be rubbed into the temples to relieve sinus pressure, or used to relieve sore muscles and joint pain. It is found in topical ointments that can be applied to the chest to act as a decongestant.
Adding eucalyptus oil to shampoo can help treat dandruff, and used in body lotion, it can calm irritated skin. The oil can be very effective in small concentrations to soothe burns and treat insect stings and bites. Caution needs to be exercised when dealing with the oil in highly concentrated forms, as too much of it can burn and aggravate the skin. It can also be poisonous when too much is ingested.
Medical Uses of Oil of Eucalyptus:
Eucalyptus oil has been used for medical purposes as well. Humans and animals have both benefited from this oil. Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial agents that help fight germs in the respiratory system. No one likes to get a cold or the flu, so it is a relief when there is a product on the market that can help relieve the symptoms. Inhaling oil vapor can relieve bronchitis by controlling the mucus in the throat. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic traits even helps people suffering from asthma. It is found in household hygienic products and can also be used to prevent infection from wounds. It can help treat dandruff with a combination of eucalyptus oil and shampoo. This oil is also very beneficial to pets because a spray of eucalyptus oil can prevent fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other insects from biting the animal. It can also be used for humans as an insect repellent. Veterinarians use this oil to treat pets with distemper, food poisoning, septicemia and parasitic infections. It has been used on horse’s foot to treat and prevent infection