Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
A heart warming, yet antiseptic oil that is a must for treating colds, coughs and congestion naturally. A perfect medicinal addition to your essential oil collection
What does Eucalyptus oil smell like
Eucalyptus essential oil has a strong yet fresh camphor like smell. If you have ever experienced the warm aromas of Vicks Vaporub or Tiger balm, you will recognise the smell of Eucalyptus as it makes up part of the ingredients in these products.
Where does Eucalyptus oil originate from
Native to Australia, the evergreen leaves of this fast growing Eucalyptus Globulus are steam distilled to extract the essential oil which is revered for its medicinal qualities. Aborigines use eucalyptus leaves to treat wounds, and historically the leaves were smoked to help open airways and help ease troublesome breathing conditions.
Little known fact: There are 900 species of Eucalyptus Globulus, over 500 of which produce Eucalyptus essential oil,
What are the properties of Eucalyptus oil
If you are already familiar with the distinct scent of Eucalyptus oil, you may not be surprised by the following list of the oils properties:
- Improves coughs
- Relieves joint and muscle pain
- Insect repellent
- Increases concentration
- Reduces bad odours
How to use Eucalyptus oil
You can feel so many of the benefits of this oil by simply diffusing it. To feel the positive decongestant properties, to aid with a pesky cough or to increase your concentration levels, add a few drops to your diffuser and breathe deeply. For a more acute effect on your sinuses, mix with a carrier oil for palm inhalation.
The powerful effects of this oil make it a great natural remedy for families with small children when the common cold strikes. If you’re really bunged up, add a couple of drops to a bowl of hot water, place your head over the bowl, with a towel over your head and drape the edges of the towel around the outside of the bowl, so you don’t lose any of the therapeutic steam to the elements. If you are using this method, it’s best to keep your eyes shut as the steam vapour might sting otherwise. This should give some relief to blocked noses and help you to breathe more easily.
Mixing a few drops of Eucalyptus to a base oil and rubbing on the chest is also a great way of getting the decongestant benefits of this oil
As well as diffusing you can add Eucalyptus to a spray atomiser with some water to repel insects, this can be a useful addition to a summer barbecue or when you want to sunbathe in the garden in peace! Adding the oil to a spray with water is also great for disinfecting surfaces, and getting rid of nasty odours.
Use Eucalyptus oil diluted as a massage blend to relieve tired, sore muscles and get the additional benefit of an uplifted mood and a boost to your concentration at the same time.
Eucalyptus essential oil can help the following ailments
- Allergies to animal fur
- Cold sores
- Diabetes (can lower excess blood sugar levels)
- Hay fever
- Head lice
- Leucorrhoea (vaginal discharge)
- Scarlet fever
- Throat infections
- Ulcers of the skin
- Can also act as an insect repellent
Eucalyptus oil recipes
Homemade Eucalyptus Decongestant Rub
To make a homemade decongestant rub you will need the following ingredients:
- 4 ounces of olive oil
- 1 ounce of beeswax
- 20 drops of Eucalyptus oil
- 15 drops of Lavender oil
- 5 drops of Camphor oil
Melt the oil and beeswax gently in a pan over a warm heat. Once melted add the essential oils and mix carefully and thoroughly. Pour into a small glass jar, and leave to set. To use, rub generously on your back, neck and chest. Not only will this help to clear your airwaves,but it will leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.
Breathe Easy Aromatherapy Bath Blend
When you’re feeling run-down and congested, this bath oil is a great way to clear your sinuses and awaken your senses. Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Peppermint oil work to clear congestion and help you to breathe easy, while the uplifting Sweet Orange oil helps to release endorphins and lift your spirits. To make your own bath blend, simply mix the oils together and use a tablespoon of the blend in your bath. To ensure the oils are suitably mixed, we recommend adding the essential oils to a bottle and rolling between your palms before adding the carrier oil.
- 15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
- 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 125ml carrier oil of your choice
Essential oils to compliment Eucalyptus oil
- Clary Sage
- Tea Tree
Anything to note
Eucalyptus oil is non-toxic and shouldn’t irritate the skin if diluted, however, as with all essential oils use with caution and consult your GP if you are unsure. Avoid Eucalyptus oil if pregnant or nursing, and keep out of reach of children. Do not ingest. Store all of your essential oils in a cool, dark place.