Focus On -- Eucalyptus Oil: Why Every Household Needs It
Are you looking for an all-in-one natural healing remedy, air purifier, household cleaner and more? If so, we have just the essential oil for you!
If you’ve ever used Vicks Vapor Rub to clear up a cold, you’ll be familiar with the powerful healing aroma of eucalyptus essential oil. However, this oil has many uses that you’re probably unaware of.
What is Eucalyptus Oil?
Steam distilled from the leaves of the Australian eucalyptus tree – or the blue gum tree -- eucalyptus oil has a refreshing camphoraceous scent that will stimulate your senses.
It has been used medicinally for thousands of years by indigenous Aboriginal people in Australia to heal, disinfect, expel mucus and reduce fevers.
In this article, we'll explore the amazing benefits of this versatile essential oil and how you can get the most out of it.
Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is most well-known for loosening mucus and congestion, soothing a cough and opening up the airways. This is thanks to the incredible mucus-thinning, antispasmodic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of its active ingredient -- eucalyptol.
However, it is much more than a decongestant! Other incredible benefits of eucalyptus oil include:
● Soothing sore throats
● Soothing headaches
● Reducing inflammation
● Improving circulation
● Reducing joint and muscle pain
● Soothing dental pain and infection
● Clearing fungal skin and nail infections
● Killing lice
● Removing dandruff
● Soothing sunburn
● Clearing the mind
● Encouraging relaxation
● Disinfecting surfaces
● Repelling insects
● Killing dust mites
Who would've thought one essential oil could have so many benefits and uses?! We think it’s a must-have for any household.
How to Use Eucalyptus Oil + Recipes
So, how can you use eucalyptus oil to reap its amazing benefits in daily life?
As with all essential oils, eucalyptus is potent and must be diluted when used topically. Make a diluted oil blend by adding 4-6 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil -- like jojoba, almond, apricot or argan oil. Rub this into your chest and upper back to relieve congestion, coughing and fever. You can also massage it into your skin, muscles, joints to soothe aches and pains.
We recommend inhaling eucalyptus oil by adding 3-5 drops per 100ml of water to your oil diffuser. This will keep your sinuses and chest clear, chase away a headache, improve focus, boost energy, disinfect the air and boost immunity.
Eucalyptus oil is super versatile and it also works synergistically with several other essential oils like peppermint, tea tree, pine, lavender, rosemary and lemon.
Here are a few of our favorite, simple recipes to get the most out of eucalyptus oil.
Muscle and Sinus Relief Aromatherapy Bath Salts
For soothing and decongesting bath salts, combine 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup of baking soda, 15 drops eucalyptus oil and 10 drops peppermint oil in a jar. Add ¼ cup of these bath salts to a warm bath and soak for 15-30 minutes.
Make an antimicrobial breath-freshening mouthwash by combining 2 cups water, 3 drops eucalyptus oil, 2 drops peppermint oil, 1 drop tea tree oil and 1 drop clove oil. Add this to a jar and shake well before rinsing your mouth twice daily.
Headache Relief Diffuser Blend
For headache-relief and energy, combine blend 3 drops eucalyptus oil, 2 drops peppermint oil and 2 drops lemon oil. Dilute this in a carrier oil and apply to your pulse points, or add it to your oil diffuser to enjoy the benefits.
Natural Household Cleaner
Combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup pure vodka, 12 drops eucalyptus oil, 10 drops tea tree oil and 10 drops lavender oil. Store this in a spray bottle and use it to clean floors and surfaces.
Next time you’re dealing with any issues mentioned in this article, give eucalyptus oil a try. We know you'll be happy with the results.
Do you have a favorite eucalyptus oil recipe? Share it with us in the comments!