Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits – A Versatile Oil

The Familiar Scent

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Eucalyptus…I’m fairly certain most of us know the familiar scent. As a child, perhaps your mother rubbed Vicks on your chest when you had a cold or a cough. Maybe you still use this product. Are you familiar with Tiger Balm? Both these products and many others contain Eucalyptus. You know it, that clean, soothing, distinctive menthol smell.

As an adult, I still apply that gooey, slimy stuff (Vicks) to my chest when I am fighting a bad cold. I also diffuse Eucalyptus essential oil on a regular basis during the cold and flu season to boost my immune system.

Eucalyptus is a tall evergreen tree that is native to Australia. There are several species of Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus globulus is the most common type of essential oil available.

Eucalyptus Tree Forest
Eucalyptus Trees

Eucalyptus oil is widely used for medicinal and industrial purposes…does this surprise you? I was surprised to learn some of the ways it has been used over the years. In addition to medicinal uses, it is used in air fresheners, disinfectants, deodorizers and in the mining industry to separate metallic sulfides from ores….very cool! It is also a common ingredient in makeup, perfume, antiseptics….the list goes on. It is a very versatile oil.


History

An image of a history book.

Eucalyptus has been utilized for thousands of years by many civilizations including China, India and Greece. It is believed that Eucalyptus was popular among the aboriginal communities of Australia. They collected the leaves that fell to the ground and used them as a remedy for infections and common respiratory illnesses including sore throat, colds, cough, breathing difficulties and congestion.

The first documented distillation of Eucalyptus oil appeared in 1788. Doctor John White and Dennis Considen, of England, used Eucalyptus to treat colic and chest conditions. The oil did not gain popularity until the mid-1800s. At this point it gained worldwide recognition.

Commercial production of Eucalyptus oil began in Victoria, Australia in the late 1850s. During this time, the oil was converted to gas and was used to light houses, hotels and other buildings. This is pretty innovative and was a great alternative to using coal. Around the same time, European hospitals began using the oil as an antiseptic and disinfectant for surgical and medical equipment.

An interesting piece of information is that Eucalyptus oil was in big demand during the global influenza pandemic of 1918-19.


Uses of Eucalyptus

Skin Health

Eucalyptus is a great purifying and cleansing agent. It has anti-inflammatory, anti fungal and antibacterial properties which makes it a great all-natural treatment for wounds, insect bites, acne and other minor skin conditions.

Hair Care

The active ingredients in Eucalyptus stimulate the blood vessels of the scalp, causing it to increase blood flow to the hair follicles. This encourages healthy hair growth and a healthy scalp.

Eucalyptus is also popular as a treatment for lice. Remember to always dilute this and any essential oil when applying topically.

Muscle Pain Relief

Do your muscles ache at times? Are you sore after a workout? Are you tired after a long day at work? Dilute some Eucalyptus essential oil in your favourite carrier oil and give yourself a body massage. Better yet, get someone else to give you a massage. 🙂

Eucalyptus has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it especially helpful in soothing strained and aching muscles.

A study publish in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation concluded that Eucalyptus (the product name was Eucalyptamint, also known by numerous other Brand names) may be beneficial for pain.

Immune System Booster

A study published in BMC Immunology found that Eucalyptus oil may enhance our immune system. The findings are positive and more studies may be forthcoming in this area.

During the cold and flu season I regularly diffuse Eucalyptus EO in my home as a way to be proactive. I am employed in a young elementary school classroom and I am exposed to many germs and viruses. I am convinced that my immune system is improved as I have remained quite healthy and do not get sick very often.

If you don’t already diffuse essential oils in your home, you might like to check out this diffuser available at Amazon!

Treatment for Respiratory Ailments

The signs of a respiratory ailment are clogged sinuses, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing and a cough with nothing coming up. Conditions affecting the respiratory system are some of the most common reasons for seeing the doctor or making a visit to the clinic or hospital. Although there are numerous over-the-counter medications for such illnesses, there are also proven all-natural solutions that can also be great complementary treatments. Eucalyptus for example.

Stress Reliever, Mood Booster

Every one of us has those days when we just don’t feel up to par. We feel down, emotionally drained and sluggish. Eucalyptus may be able to help in this area as well. Eucalyptus has a distinct and calming scent and is one of the most popular oils used in aromatherapy today.

The aroma of Eucalyptus oil can also be uplifting and energizing when inhaled. It improves mental clarity and alertness. You can diffuse the oil using a diffuser, apply it topically or inhale it straight from the bottle.

Treating Fevers

A thermometer.

Eucalyptus trees have been nicknamed the “fever tree”, and for good reason. It has been known to help reduce fevers for centuries. Fevers are often a sign of infection. The antibacterial and cooling effects of eucalyptus essential oil make it an effective febrifuge. Adding the oil to warm water when giving a feverish person a sponge bath is an effective way to bring fevers down. (I would suggest diluting this oil with a carrier oil before adding it to the water). Applying a diluted solution topically is a faster way to for the oil to absorb into the blood stream.

Home Uses

Essential oils are not only effective complementary treatments for a variety of health problems they also have a ton of uses around the home. They can help you with day-to-day household chores.

Some people mix Eucalyptus oil with baking soda and apply over the surface of their carpets, wait a few minutes and vacuum. It is known to clean up dirt and germs and give your carpets a fresh clean smell.

Are your trash cans stinky? Put a few drops of Eucalyptus into your garbage can and the bad odors will disappear. Sounds great, right!

If your bathroom has a less than desirable smell, soak a cotton ball with Eucalyptus and place it in your bathroom. Let the fresh, clean smell fill up the room.

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Recipes for You

Eucalyptus Massage Oil

Try this easy recipe the next time your body is sore and achy or just as a pick me up. Give yourself or someone you love a relaxing massage. It will feel great!

Ingredients

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil: 7 drops
  • Jojoba Oil: 1 tbsp (15ml)
  • Moringa Oil (or your favourite carrier oil): 2 tsp (10ml)

Instructions

Mix the above ingredients in a small glass bottle and shake well.

Note: Moringa oil is recommended as it is known to reduce inflammation, however other oils are fine as well. I mainly use Jojoba oil as it is unscented and should not stain your linens.

Eucalyptus Shampoo

This easy-to-make shampoo is sure to keep your hair clean, moisturized and will help keep your head free of lice and dandruff.

Ingredients

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil: 10 drops
  • Lavender Essential Oil: 10 drops
  • Argan Carrier Oil or Olive Carrier Oil: 1 tsp (5ml)
  • Coconut Milk: ¼ cup (60ml)
  • Liquid Castile Soap: ¼ cup (60ml)

Instructions

Using a wooden spoon, mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Transfer to a glass jar or an empty shampoo bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store in a dry, cool place and use as often as needed.

Homemade Disinfectant

Here is an easy-to-make antibacterial cleaning spray. Keep your counter tops, sinks, tubs and other surfaces clean and smelling great!

Ingredients

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil: 10 drops
  • Peppermint Essential Oil: 10 drops
  • Citronella Essential Oil: 10 drops
  • White Vinegar: ¼ cup (60ml)
  • Water: 2 cups

Instructions

Using a glass spray bottle, combine all the ingredients. Shake well and spray on the surface you want to clean. Keep in a dry place and keep out of reach of children.


Conclusion

As you can see Eucalyptus essential oil and its uses are vast in therapeutic, commercial and industrial applications. The ancient civilizations, including the Australian Aboriginal people, certainly knew what they were doing when they utilized this amazing tree and its leaves.

I am a believer in modern medicine, it has certainly saved thousands of lives. I do, however believe in using all-natural remedies to complement the medications and treatments provided by modern medicine. I also strongly believe that essential oils, like eucalyptus can boost our immune system and help to prevent the onset of some illnesses.

Traditional medicine has been tested, practiced and proven for thousands of years by real world people. More pharmaceutical laboratory testing is warranted in order to bring to light the many benefits that essential oils and other natural remedies can offer us. It is my hope that this research will continue. In my mind, there is room for both modern medicine and traditional medicine. Wouldn’t it be great to see the two fields working together to create a healthier world?

The Perfumery Note of Eucalyptus is top-middle. If you are interested in blending Eucalyptus oils with other essential oils, try Spearmint, Lavender, Tea Tree and Lemon Grass. They are all lovely and complement Eucalyptus quite nicely. These are just suggestions and you will find many other oils work well together too! If you are interested in learning about blending oils, check out the article below called Essential Oil Notes – What does this mean? You may also be interested in reading Using Essential Oils Safely – Knowledge is Everything.

I hope this article has been interesting and helpful. I love using Eucalyptus oil and it has certainly been both a mental and physical asset in my life. I use my diffuser quite often, the overall health benefits are amazing, not to mention the fun I have making blends and experimenting with the various fragrant combinations. My house smells great!

That’s it for now folks. I would really love to hear from you if you have any thoughts about this article or anything aromatherapy related. Just leave a comment below. Have a wonderful day, take care and stay happy and healthy!

Angela (founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)

Related Articles

Essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor before using essential oils. If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin. Some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils. Some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness contact a medical professional.

References

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266580.php#eucalyptus_health_benefits

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/eucalyptus-oil.asp

https://www.aromafoundry.com/blogs/aroma-foundry/eucalyptus-oil-uses-description-recipes-precautions

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The Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil – A Basic Staple for Your Medicine Cabinet

The Magical Plant

Hello

This week I have been studying Lavender essential oil. I am sure most people are familiar with it in one form or another. It’s always listed as one of the top essential oils in every list I have seen. Since this is the case, I thought it would be a great topic to study and write about.

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The Lavender (genus Lavandula) plant is a member of the mint family. It’s native to countries bordering the Mediterranean. Now days these plants are grown in many countries and are common in herb gardens for their fragrant leaves and attractive pinkish purple, violet to blueish-indigo flowers.

For thousands of years Lavender has been used therapeutically, as a perfume, as a soap and even as a flavoring. I have never eaten Lavender. Have you? I would love to hear from anyone that has consumed it as a flavoring, as this was new to me. Anyone? 🙂

The word “Lavender” is derived from the Latin word lavandula, which comes from the Latin word lavare which means “to wash”.

I am happy to report that many scientific studies have been made recently to determine the validity of using Lavender for therapeutic use. It seems to me the evidence is accumulating, and this is an awesome thing!


History

The use of Lavender has been documented for over 2500 years. Here are some interesting tidbits from history regarding this awesome plant.

The Romans used Lavender oils for:

  • Antiseptic and healing qualities
  • Cooking
  • Bathing
  • Scenting the air

Ancient Egyptians used Lavender for perfume and mummification purposes.

The Greeks used Lavender for back aches and to fight insomnia.

In Medieval and Renaissance France, women that washed clothes were known as “lavenders”. The plant was used as a soap and clothes were laid to dry on Lavender bushes. It was also used to ward off infection and heal wounds.

During the Great Plague in London (17th Century), Lavender was used as a remedy.

Picture of lavender soap with lavender flowers
Lavender Soap

Benefits

Wound Healing

Lavender is known to speed up healing of wounds (cuts, bruises and burns). In fact, in the early 20th century, a chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé accidently burned his hand while working in his laboratory. He placed his hand in the only liquid nearby (a vat of Lavender essential oil). To his surprise, his injured hand healed quickly and he was left with only a little scarring. After this discovery he continued to study essential oils and the healing properties of plants. In fact, he coined the word Aromatherapy.

Improves Sleep and Insomnia

Lavender essential oil on burlap cloth with lavender flowers
Lavender Essential Oil

Inhaling Lavender is known to improve quality of sleep and alleviate insomnia. This is due to its sedative and calming properties. Unlike most prescription drugs, Lavender does not cause unwanted side effects.

To gain the benefits of Lavender essential oils for a better sleep, you may rub 3-5 drops directly on your temples and neck or add 10-15 drops into your bathwater and relax in the tub for a while before heading to bed. Diffusing this oil prior to bedtime or while you sleep will also improve sleep and relax your body.

Pain Reliever

Many studies have shown that Lavender helps to reduce pain. Inflammation and pain can be eased by rubbing the oil on the painful area of the body.

A combination of Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint and Black Pepper was found to ease neck pain when applied daily. (I would recommend you mix these with a carrier oil before applying) (1)

PMS

woman standing in field of lavender

Recent studies show that Lavender essential oil may help to ease symptoms of premenstrual symptoms (PMS).

Many women in the reproductive stage of life experience a wide range of symptoms prior to their periods. Despite PMS being so common there is no one single treatment that is universally recognized as effective. For this reason, many women try alternative therapies such as aromatherapy (Lavender, for example).

One recent study revealed that Lavender essential oil can help ease menstrual pain and cramping. Simply massage onto the lower abdomen when needed. (2)

Hair Loss

A study performed in 2016 showed that Lavender may be an effective treatment for alopecia areata (hair loss). This is a condition in which hair is lost in all or some areas of the body. (3)

Antioxidant Protection

I’m sure most of us have heard of free radicals. They can be very dangerous and may cause damage to your body. Free radicals come from normal metabolic processes in the human body or from sources such as X-Rays, cigarettes, air pollutants, industrial chemicals, some foods and various other sources.

The body’s natural response to free radical damage is to create antioxidant enzymes. Recent studies have shown that Lavender oil increases the activity of the body’s most powerful antioxidants. This is great news!

Natural Treatment for Diabetes

Much more research is needed in this area, however some studies have been performed and have shown promising results in the prevention and reversal of diabetes. (4)

Improve Mood and Reduce Stress

lavender flowers, towel and lavender oil

Many recent studies have been made in the area of using Lavender to reduce stress and improve mood. One study published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice found that taking large amounts of Lavender essential oil internally alleviates depression, sleep disturbance and anxiety. I would not recommend this unless you are under the care of a qualified medical professional, however this is wonderful news!

In addition, Lavender has been found to be helpful with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) (5), Postpartum Depression (PPD) (6) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (7).

It is also great to know that there are very little to no side effects or withdrawal symptoms associated with Lavender.

Brain Function Support

There have been several studies to support the idea that Lavender may be helpful in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (8), Dementia (9), Stroke (10) and other cognitive impairments. Researchers believe that Lavender’s neuroprotective effects are due to its antioxidant properties.

To gain the benefits of Lavender essential oil, inhale it directly from the bottle, use a diffuser or apply it topically to the back of neck and temples. You may want to dilute it with a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.

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Promotes Healthy Skin

Lavender is known to help many skin conditions. Some conditions include:

  • Canker Sores
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Acne
  • Age Spots
  • Signs of Aging
  • Inflammation

Due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, Lavender mixed with a carrier oil has wonderful benefits for your skin.

To gain the benefits of Lavender essential oil for your skin, mix 3-4 drops with Jojoba oil or coconut oil and massage into skin. You can also add Lavender EO to your face or body wash. Another great essential oil for your skin is Frankincense. Mix Lavender and Frankincense with a carrier oil and apply to skin every morning, before bed and after a bath or shower. It will do wonders!

Relieves Headaches

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? Lavender oil might be the answer for you. It is known to help relieve tension and works as a sedative, anti-anxiety and calming agent. (11)

Inhale Lavender oil for 15 minutes to reduce the pain of a migraine headache. You may like to try combining a few drops each of Lavender and Peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil and rub on your temples and back of neck for pain relief. Diffusing these oils is also an option.

Natural Perfume/Air Freshener

lavender flowers

Many perfumes and air fresheners are very strong and some people can’t tolerate the intense aromas. If you would like to try a natural perfume then give Lavender essential oil a try. It’s great for both men and women.

There are numerous ways to use Lavender as a perfume or an air freshener. It’s so versatile and easy to do. Some suggestions are:

  • Use topically (2-3 drops) on your skin or hair, with or without a carrier oil. It is considered safe in most cases to use Lavender without a carrier oil; this is NOT the case for most essential oils.
  • Add a few drops of Lavender to a spray bottle with water. Spray yourself and almost anything else, so easy!
  • Add a few drops to your lotions or even your shampoo!

Lip Balm

Add a couple drops of Lavender oil to your favorite carrier oil and apply to dry, chapped lips.

Ease the Discomfort of Sunburn

Add a few drops of Lavender to your favorite carrier oil and apply gently to your sunburn to prevent itching and peeling.

Ease Stomach Upset/Motion Sickness

Are you prone to motion sickness when you ride in the car or fly in a plane? If so, you may want to spray some Lavender on your clothes or rub some onto the back of your neck and temples. Lavender can be soothing for an upset stomach.

Conclusion

The above information is not exhaustive. There are many more ailments that Lavender can be used for such as acne, allergies, asthma, athlete’s foot, chicken pox, colic, dermatitis, earache, flatulence, insect bites, scabies, sprains, strains, stretch marks, vertigo, whooping cough…the list goes on. Lavender is truly a magical plant.

Like almost all essential oils, Lavender EO can promote general mental and physical health (overall well-being!).

In this article I have added many links to studies that have been performed to better understand the benefits of Lavender. It’s great to see scientific research being done on the use of Lavender and many other natural remedies that have been used for thousands of years.

Do you have Lavender essential oil in your medicine cabinet? I do, however until this research I was not aware of all the benefits it could offer me. I am pretty happy I chose to write on this topic. Everyone should pick up a bottle of this essential oil. As you can see, it can come in pretty handy! 🙂

If you like to blend oils, you may be interested to know that Lavender falls into the middle to top note category. For more information about notes and blending oils check out my article titled Essential Oil Notes-What does this Mean?

Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I would love to hear from you if you have any comments about Lavender essential oils or aromatherapy in general. Please feel free to use the box provided below.

Oh, just a reminder, if you have ever eaten food with Lavender as an added flavor I would love to hear about it. I really can’t imagine liking it…sorry to say! It seems like I would feel like I was eating flowers. Anyhow…

I hope you have a fantastic week, stay happy and healthy!

Angela (founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)

I would like to remind you that essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication it is recommended that you speak to your doctor before using essential oils.

If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin.

It is also good to be aware that some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils.

Please know that some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.

Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not always a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness it is best to contact a medical professional.

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