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Eucalyptus Oil

Carrying a distinctly clear, sharp, and fresh smell; along with a pale yellow and viscous look, eucalyptus essential oil casts a balancing and stimulating effect when used. The rich aroma of this oil is a mix of camphor and the forest. Owing to this, the oil is not much preferred in perfumery, however carries a good reputation as an inhalant or chest rub. Boosting the state of your mind with an invigorating and stimulating effect, it increases alertness and gives you a greater ability to concentrate. This oil is practiced as one of the favorites in aromatherapy. Contributing a valuable role in fighting respiratory problems, fighting inflammation and sore muscles, rheumatism, headaches, skin eruptions, and much more; eucalyptus oil is one of the best antiseptic oils.

The main chemical components of eucalyptus oils are a-pinene, b-pinene, a-phellandrene, 1,8-cineole, limonene, terpinen-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitone and globulol. On an interesting note, when very diluted eucalyptus oil is added to the gargle, it

effectively soothes a sore throat. Blessed with its uplifting and invigorating nature, the oil cools the body in summer and protects it in winter. This essential oil blends particularly well with benzoin, thyme, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, rosemary, marjoram, cedarwood, frankincense, and pine essential oils. According to recent researches, Eucalyptus Lemon or Eucalyptus Citriodora, contains citronella, which adds a lemon-like tone to the familiar penetrating aroma of eucalyptus. Reportedly, this blend is as effective as DEET for use as an insect repellent.
 
History of Eucalyptus

The eucalyptus oil is one of the major products of eucalyptus trees. Out of over 500 species of these trees, the Australian Blue-gum is considered to be the best (it can sometimes reach a height of 100 meters (300 feet), making it one of the highest trees in the world !!). The word "Eucalyptus" finds its roots in 'eu' and 'kalypto' meaning 'well' and 'covered' in the Greek language. This refers to the cup-like membrane that covers the flower bud, which is thrown off as the flower expands.

Addressed as "kino" by the Australian Aborigines, the eucalyptus oil was introduced to Europe in 1788. The oil came in further limelight with the arrival of Surgeon-General John White to Australia in 1788. This was the first oil exported to England, where it was called 'Sydney peppermint'. Owing to the unique ability of eucalyptus tree to drain the water from water-logged lands & swamps, it was thought to prevent malaria in the past. Finding its origin in Australia, the eucalyptus tree has been transplanted to many other warm parts of the world, including Central Asia, North Africa and California.

 

Oil Extraction
The essential oil of eucalyptus is used to revive someone who has fainted. This oil of immense utility is extracted from Eucalyptus globulus of the Myrtaceae family. Being also addressed as Tasmanian blue gum or blue gum, this oil is extracted from the fresh or partially dried leaves and young twigs. As per the ancient records, the oil of eucalyptus was first distilled in the year 1788 by two doctors-- John White and Dennis Cossiden. Initially, this oil was used for treating chest problems and colic. Classified as a "sudorific, stimulant anticatharral, and astringent" by Doctors Cole and Homeyer; the first works of this oil were published in Germany. In their works, the essential oil was prescribed for all respiratory system conditions such as bronchitis, flu, asthma and coughs.

Applicable Benefits

Casting a cooling and deodorizing effect on the body, the eucalyptus oil also helps with fevers, migraine and malaria. For the respiratory tract, it helps with coughs, asthma, throat infections, sinusitis and catarrhal conditions. Though not very popular as an aromatherapy oil, yet it has attracted the attention of the entire world to explore its usage as a conventional medicine. The numerous benefits of this "warming & typical volatile oil" include the following:
  • Respiratory Problems: Being extremely effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis; the eucalyptus essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti inflammatory. Further, being decongestant in nature, it makes a good ingredient for many medicines for treating respiratory problems.
  • Wounds: This essential oil works as a good antiseptic owing to its germicidal properties. On its exposure to air, ozone is formed which is a well-known antiseptic. Hence, the oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, insect bites & stings, abrasions and sores.
  • Muscle Pain: The massage of eucalyptus oil on the skin surface gives relief from muscle and joint pains. This volatile oil is analgesic and anti inflammatory in nature. Therefore, it is often recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain.
  • Mental Exhaustion: This oil proves to be refreshingly beneficial for people suffering from mental exhaustion with its cooling effect. The stimulating effect of this oil removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness, rejuvenating the spirits of the sick.
  • Dental Care: Dentists recommend the usage of this oil against cavities, dental plaques, gingivitis and other dental infections due to its germicidal properties.
  • Skin Care: Eucalyptus oil is often applied topically to treat skin infections.
  • Diabetes: The oil carries the ability to control blood sugar when taken internally.
  • Fever: It is also used for treating fever and reducing the body temperature. Therefore, it is also called fever oil.
  • Interestingly, eucalyptus oil effectively eradicates lice and fleas.
  • Intestinal Germs: Being a vermifuge, this essential oil is used to remove germs in the intestine.
  • Room Freshener: The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals and sick-bed atmosphere. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air, and hence keeps the room environment clean.
  • Soaps: Owing to its antiseptic properties, eucalyptus oil has applications in soaps, detergents, and household cleaners as well.
  • Mouthwash: This oil is discovered as the prime ingredient in many mouthwashes and toothpastes.
  • Sauna: Many people add eucalyptus oil to baths, spas and saunas due to its refreshing and antiseptic effect.
  • Mosquito repellent: Oil of lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) provides protection against mosquito bites.
 
Caution Note: Eucalyptus oil should be used extremely carefully. If consumed in large quantities & without being undiluted, this essential oil is toxic. It may also interfere with homeopathic treatments. As a matter of fact, people with high blood pressure and epilepsy should avoid it. Excessive use of this oil may cause headaches. This oil should not be applied on or given to infants.
 
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