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What are the Benefits and Uses of Eucalyptus Essential Oil? Learn the Top 5

What are the Benefits and Uses of Eucalyptus Essential Oil? Learn the Top 5

You've most likely smelled Eucalyptus Essential Oil at some point even if you might not have realized it.

It is often used in medicinal products, including chest rubs, cough and cold medications, sore throat spray, mouthwashes, soaps, rash creams, inhalers, and topical pain relievers. 

And those are just a few!

So what are the benefits and uses of Eucalyptus Essential Oil?

After reading this article, you'll walk away as an expert on Eucalyptus Essential Oil and its benefits. 

About Eucalyptus Essential Oil 

Eucalyptus is available in over 400 different species. If you're wondering what the cute koalas in that picture have to do with Eucalyptus, Australia is actually the native home of Eucalyptus, and koalas have often been found munching on Eucalyptus leaves.

The most popular and well-known source comes from Eucalyptus globulus, also known as Blue Gum. Click "Add to Cart" below to get it now.

It has been incorporated in Greek, Chinese, Ayurvedic, and other European styles of medicine to treat a variety of conditions for millennia. 

You may be shocked by the various ways this special essential oil can help you in modern times. 

Benefits and Uses of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Improves Respiration

All of a sudden, you can breathe better. 

Most people who can just a whiff of Eucalyptus Essential Oil report feeling an expansion of the lungs and breathing better than ever before. 

In fact, one study's findings suggest Eucalyptus Essential Oil might warrant the "development of a new class of analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs."

For these reasons and more, it can also be beneficial for relieving coughs. 

Fights Infectious Germs

Various studies have shown that Eucalyptus Essential Oil has antimicrobial effects against several strains of viruses, fungi, and bacteria. 

In a study published by the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, Eucalyptus Essential Oil was found to inhibit the growth of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, which is the cause of staph infections. 

Treats Fungal Infections and Skin Wounds

In traditional Aboriginal medicine, Eucalyptus was used to treat skin wounds and fungal infections. They would extract the gum from trees and mix it with water before applying it to their bodies. 

They would then burn the leaves so that they could experience better breathing. 

Eucalyptus Essential Oil has also been used as an anti-fungal agent to fight fungal infections such as candida and toenail fungus. Click here to read the study.

Repels Insects

Eucalyptus is commonly used to repel insects and even kill them. 

In fact, the U.S. officially registered Eucalyptus as an insecticide and miticide. It was mostly used to kill mites and ticks. 

Researchers in New Delhi, India also found that Eucalyptus was effective against the larvae and pupae of the housefly. As a result, they recommend opening the door to using it as a viable, natural alternative to artificial, chemical-filled insecticides. 

Reduces Inflammation

Many people use Eucalyptus Essential Oil in order to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Be sure to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil at a ratio of 50:1. 

Various users report that when applied topically to the skin, Eucalyptus Essential Oil can help to reduce muscle soreness, swelling, and pain. 

In a randomized clinical trial published by Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, patients inhaled Eucalyptus Essential Oil for 30 minutes during recovery. 

Researchers found that pain scores, systolic, and diastolic blood pressure levels were significantly lower in the Eucalyptus group. 

How to Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Woman with towel over head 

Hot Water Bowl and Towel

One of the most popular ways to use Eucalyptus Essential Oil is to add 10-15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil to a bowl of hot water, place a towel over the head, and breathe in the vapors for around 5 minutes. 

The steam helps to make mucus thinner so it can more easily pass through the nasal passages. 

Be sure to remain mindful of how you feel to make sure the aroma does not overwhelm you. 

Diffusion

Diffusers help disperse essential oil particles into the air. Dispersing a balanced combination of essential oils can help create an aromatic and healing environment. This is especially helpful for creating a refreshing atmosphere at home, in the office, or even in your car! 

Inhalation

Another way to enjoy essential oils is to gently inhale directly from the bottle. If you prefer, you can mix one drop of essential oil with about 10-15 drops of carrier oil in a bowl, then place the mixture under your nose and breathe in deeply. 

Topical Application

 While some essential oils can technically be applied directly to the skin, we strongly recommend that you use a carrier oil to dilute your essential oil first. 

Try using Fractionated Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil as they can help protect the skin and increase the absorption rate of essential oils. 

There are many places you can put the diluted essential oil to help with stress and anxiety. You can try putting it in the following areas:

  • Wrists
  • Back of neck
  • Shoulders
  • Feet