Eucalyptus oil is the multipurpose oil found in nature. It is obtained from the fresh or partially dried leaves and young twigs. Its aroma is clear, sharp, fresh and very distinctive. It works for sinus relief, sore throats, chest-colds, topical antiseptics for skin injuries, rubs for arthritis and inhalants for asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions. In this article there are uses of Eucalyptus oil for sinus & skin.
In Aromatherapy, Eucalyptus oil is of great value. Eucalyptus is also known as Tasmanian blue gum or blue gum and it is extracted from Eucalyptus globulus of the Myrtaceae family. The word Eucalyptus has been derived from the Greek words ‘eu’ and ‘kalypto’, which means ‘well’ and ‘covered’. There are near about 500 species of Eucalyptus plant, which bear long narrow blue-green leaves along with creamy white flowers and smooth pale bark.
Characteristics of Eucalyptus oil:
Eucalyptus leaves contain tannins, flavonoids and volatile oils. The active ingredient in the eucalyptus leaf, a chemical called eucalyptol, is believed to be effective both in treating respiratory problems and, because of its antiba cterial action, as a topical antiseptic. Eucalyptus oil is a rich source of the antiseptic substance cineole. It is generally made from the ingredients such as camphene, cineole, globulol, limonene, pinene and pinocarvone. It is transparent and has a thin consistency. Its strong woody, earthy, camphoric scent is soothing and refreshing and works as strong aromatherapy oil, is the most notable characteristic of this oil.
Uses of Eucalyptus oil
- To get relief from sinus, add 8 drops of each eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and tea tree oil into a bottle and let it stand for half an hour. Then pour it into a tub full of warm water and then remain in the tub for 20-25 minutes.
- By massaging a small drop of Eucalyptus oil onto the temples and on the ‘third eye’ or where the nose meets the forehead, sinus pressure can be relieved.
- By using the oil as a steam inhalation, the nasal passages and sinuses can be cleared.
- Just 10 drops of eucalyptus oil in a massage carrier oil and then some circular rubbing of this mixture can help the expel mucus and attain relief from congestion.
- Massage eucalyptus oil into your chest to soothe bronchial congestion. Or add a few drops of it to the steam humidifier. The fumes will get the gunk in the lungs and sinuses moving.
- Sleeping with a bag of dried eucalyptus leaves amplified with some oil in your pillow case is another great way to clear up congestion.
- Eucalyptus oil is most commonly used to treat skin irritations such as insect bites, blisters, irritations and other wounds.
- Eucalyptus oil is often applied topically to treat skin infections.
- Mix 1drop of eucalyptus oil into mineral oil, water, or like something else cream. Use one drop for every 3 table spoon of ingredients. Dab a cotton swab in the actual eucalyptus concoction. Apply liberally over the actual affected acne area: spotting, whiteheads, blackheads, sore spots and oily zones such as the actual T-Zone area. Do not apply to the rest of your face.
- Eucalyptus mixture is a deep moisturizer to keep the skin from drying and cracking.
- Apply sunscreen moisturizer as well as using Eucalyptus oil is, really a natural astringent.
- Applying eucalyptus oil directly to the skin is a common treatment for a wide range of skin problems but it should be kept in mind that the strong eucalyptus oil can cause skin irritation, especially if the skin is already injured by eczema, burns or similar. A painful burning feeling can develop, sometimes combined with skin rashes. Try the eucalyptus oil on a piece of healthy skin to test your sensitivity before you proceed to treat upset skin.
- By using eucalyptus oil for hair problems such as dandruff and hair loss is reduced. It also works on stimulating hair growth.
- Eucalyptus oil essentially lowers body temperature and therefore, is a natural pacifier of raging fevers.
- It is an extremely effective anthelminthic or excellent expeller and destroyer of parasitic worms dwelling in the intestines.
- Eucalyptus oil destroys colonial bacterial growth, especially by staphylococcus bacteria, and heals infections.
- When used as an ingredient with catheter oil, Eucalyptus oil can be used to lubricate and sterilize urethral catheters.
- Eucalyptus oil is a good mosquito repellent. To prolong personal protection rub on a mixture of eucalyptus and vegetable or baby oil.
- Eucalyptus works as a diuretic to treat Dropsy.
- It works as a deodorizer and excitant when applied locally for foul-smelling mucous discharges, e.g. vaginal, gonorrheal, septicemia, gangrene and cancerous ulcerations.
- When applied externally, Eucalyptus oil can provide relief in a variety of other respiratory distresses.
- Eucalyptus essential oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis.
- Eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also effective on insect bites and stings.
- Massaging eucalyptus oil on the skin surface helps in getting relief from the pain.
- It is also effective in treating stress and mental disorders.
- Eucalyptus oil when taken internally controls blood sugar.
- The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals and sickbed atmosphere. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air and hence keeps the room environment clean.
- Eucalyptus oil has applications in soaps, detergents and household cleaners as well.
- As mentioned above, the oil is a prime ingredient in many mouthwashes and toothpastes.
- Many people add eucalyptus oil to baths, spas and saunas due to its refreshing and antiseptic effect.
Precautions of eucalyptus oil:
- Eucalyptus oil should be used with care and people with high blood pressure and epilepsy should avoid it. Excessive use of this oil may cause headaches.
- Individuals with inflammation of the kidneys or gastrointestinal tract, bile duct inflammatory disease, liver disease should not use eucalyptus leaf extract. Tannins in the leaves may cause stomach upset or kidney and liver damage if leaf preparations are ingested in large amounts.
- People with asthma should use eucalyptus oil with caution due to the herbs potential to tigger an asthma attack.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use eucalyptus.
- When used externally, eucalyptus oil is nontoxic. When taken internally, eucalyptus oil is toxic and must be diluted.
- Eucalyptus overdose symptoms include drowsiness, convulsions, muscle weakness, shallow or rapid breathing, difficulty in swallowing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and dizziness.
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