Eucalyptus oil is strong, medicinal & camphoraceous.
The strong, medicinal, camphoraceous scent of Eucalyptus oil is a familiar to many of us. Steam distilled from the leaves of the Eucalyptus Globulus Evergreen gum tree, Eucalyptus oil is a must have for naturally relieving symptoms of colds, flu and respiratory problems.
It is anti inflammatory which makes it useful in aromatherapy massage to reduce muscle tension and pain and its stimulatory properties are beneficial for both the body and the mind.
The astringent and antibacterial properties make Eucalyptus an oil that can be safely utilised as part of your skin and hair care regime and can also be incorporated as part of your natural chemical free household cleaning routine, protecting your environment and your families health and wellbeing.
Where have I smelt Eucalyptus oil before?
Fisherman’s Friend throat lozenges were created for fishermen (as the name implies) in 1865 and included Eucalyptus oil and Menthol to help with respiratory problems that fishermen suffered with while working at sea.
If you have tasted one of these lozenges, you will recall the unique aroma.
Eucalyptus is also listed as an ingredient in Vicks Vaporub as a cough suppressant and is a scent that many of us will recall from childhood and beyond.
How to use Eucalyptus Essential oil
Eucalyptus oil for treating coughs and colds
A cough or a cold will have to run its course and there is no miracle over the counter treatment that can stop the bodies natural process of producing mucus or to make that tickly or chesty cough subside immediately, but remedies can help give some relief while you're dealing with the symptoms.
Using Eucalyptus oil is a natural way to help ease congestion when a cold has taken its toll. You can mimic the products you can buy in a pharmacy by using Eucalyptus oil to make a homemade vapour rub, or you can use steam inhalation of Eucalyptus oil to help with decongestion.
Simply adding Eucalyptus to a carrier oil and massaging into your chest can provide a quick and effective substitute for a vapour rub. If you would like to get more creative you can make a vegan vapour rub using shea butter or coconut oil (see Eucalyptus essential oil recipes below for instructions).
Adding a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to a bowl of very hot water and creating a tent over your head and around the bowl with a towel, is another powerful way of getting the decongestant properties of Eucalyptus oil to help bring some relief.
If you use this method it is prudent to keep your eyes firmly shut while you inhale the steam. The Eucalyptus oil steam is strong and the vapour it gives off will sting your eyes!
Using a steam diffuser with the oil in is another great way to benefit from Eucalyptus oil if you need help to breathe more easily.
It is effective to have a decongestant diffuser blend on the go throughout the time that you are trying to fight a cold and the aroma from the diffuser will also have the added benefit of relieving a headache if you have one.
Eucalyptus oil for a clear mind
Eucalyptus oil shouldn’t only be used when you have a blocked nose. If you have your olfactory senses in full swing you can really benefit from diffusing Eucalyptus as it helps clear the mind, focusses your concentration and stimulates your imagination.
It is really worthwhile to diffuse this oil while you are working to help you get into the zone and it has the added benefit of giving the feeling that the fragrance is clearing your airways deep within your respiratory system as you inhale the aroma.
Eucalyptus oil for skin
The astringent and antibacterial qualities of Eucalyptus oil make it a worthwhile addition to add to your skin care routine. Create a homemade toner for oily skin by simply adding a few drops of oil into a bottle of water, shaking it up and dousing a cotton ball in the solution. Gently wipe the cotton ball across your skin to minimise the build up of facial grease and oils, leaving your skin squeaky clean.
Eucalyptus oil for hair
Use as a pre conditioning treatment for your hair before washing. Add Eucalyptus to a carrier oil such as Olive Oil, Coconut oil or Jojoba and massage into your scalp. Wrap your head in a warm towel while the treatment does the hard work. Leave for at least 30 minutes and then shampoo out to reveal clean, well nourished looking hair. Massaging the scalp with Eucalyptus will promote hair growth, the astringent and antibacterial properties of the oil can help treat dandruff and flaky scalp and the combination of the Eucalyptus with the carrier oil will help to deep condition and leave your hair soft and shiny and smelling great.
Eucalyptus essential oil recipes
Eucalyptus oil diffuser blend for concentration
6 drops of Eucalyptus, 3 drops of Peppermint and 3 drops of Lemon will create a blend to focus the mind and aid concentration.
Eucalyptus oil Vegan Vapor rub
Find a small clean jar and fill it almost to the top with a solid organic Coconut oil or Shea butter to measure out how much you need. Remove the measured coconut oil or Shea butter and place it in a pan, gently heat until it has melted. Then add Eucalyptus oil and any combination of Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea tree or other camphorous oils to create a chest rub. Mix into the Coconut oil/ Shea butter and pour back into your jar. Leave to solidify and use as a vapour rub. You can determine the amount of each essential oil you want to add, to make a rub that is appropriate for your skin type. If you will be using the rub on children go easy on the amount of oils that you add as camphorous oils can be very strong and potent.
Eucalyptus essential oil blends well with
Cedarwood, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Tea Tree.
Eucalyptus essential oil safety
Always dilute Eucalyptus oil as it is very strong so you don’t need much to achieve the desired results.
Don't ingest Eucalyptus oil, it should be used for external use only.
It is best to avoid the oil if you are pregnant or nursing.