Eucalyptus oil is made from the distilled leaves of eucalyptus trees. These trees are part of the Myrtaceae plant family native to Australia.
Over the years, eucalyptus has been used for its impressive benefits that have been known to decrease pain, promote relaxation, and even reduce cold symptoms.
Eucalyptus oil also works as a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic to fight against bacteria and viruses, as well as promote wound-healing.
Eucalyptus oil is very potent, so it's important to properly dilute it when using it.
Eucalyptus oil works as an analgesic, which means it helps to relieve pain. That, combined with its anti-inflammatory properties makes it perfect for relieving joint pain and sore muscles.
It also works to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by arthritis or joint injuries.
To use, rub diluted eucalyptus oil onto the area in a circular motion. You can also add eucalyptus oil to a washcloth, and place the cold compress over the affected area.
Eucalyptus is included in many OTC remedies like nasal sprays or cough drops. It works as a powerful anti-inflammatory and decongestant to help loosen phlegm and reduce sinus pressure.
Eucalyptus oil is often used through steam inhalation.
You can place up to seven drops of the oil into a large bowl of boiling water. Lean over the bowl with a towel over your head to create a "tent" and inhale through your nose for a couple minutes at a time.
Be sure to stay at least 10 inches away from the bowl to avoid getting burned.
Eucalyptus oil works to reduce fevers and relieve aching pains, all while helping to boost your immune system and help you recover more quickly.
Soak a washcloth in a small bowl of cold water with about 3-5 drops of eucalyptus oil, and place on your head. Repeat as often as necessary.
Because eucalyptus works as an anti-inflammatory, it can help reduce swelling and increase blood flow to relieve headaches. It's also been known to relax your facial muscles and soothe headache pain.
To relieve a headache, you can apply the oil directly to the temples or forehead, but be sure to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil before applying to your skin.
You can also use steam inhalation or a cold compress to help alleviate headache pain.
Eucalyptus has been known to decrease symptoms of stress and anxiety. The smell of eucalyptus stimulates your senses to help re-energize and refresh your body and mind.
Simply breathe it in through inhalation to receive these amazing stress-fighting benefits.