Benefits and Uses of Eucalyptus oil

Benefits and Uses of Eucalyptus oil

HOW IS EUCALYPTUS OIL EXTRACTED?

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is steam distilled from fresh or partially dried Eucalyptus leaves. The geographical conditions under which the tree grows all have an impact on the yield of oil as well as the chemical composition. They include factors such as the environment, season, climate, water availability, soil nutrients, UV radiation, stage of plant development, genetic variation, the part of the plant collected, and the drying process.

The oils produced are clear and have scents characteristic of their botanical species. The oils’ distinctive aromatic profiles also depend on the proportions of the individual chemical constituents they contain, which are determined more by genetic factors rather than environmental ones. The species, then, is the most influential factor for determining the oil’s quality and use. These factors together govern the value of the oil.

BENEFITS OF EUCALYPTUS OIL

Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s active chemical components contribute to its reputation as a purifying, cleansing, clarifying, and immune-boosting oil that is ideal for use on skin and in aromatherapy. It is known for its ability to reduce or eliminate harmful surface and airborne bacteria, and infections upon contact. It facilitates easy breathing, enhances feelings of relaxation, creates a refreshing feeling when used in massages, soothes nervous tension, and helps clear the mind, among its various other benefits. These healing benefits can be attributed to the oil’s anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating qualities, among other valuable properties.

The main constituents of Eucalyptus Oil are: α-Terpineol, 1,8-cineole (Eucalyptol), α-pinene, β-pinene, Sabinene, Camphene, Limonene, p-Cymene, Camphor, Globulol, Citronellal, α-phellandrene, Aromadendrene, and Piperitone.

 

(Though not all the constituents listed apply to all Eucalyptus varieties, these are the main constituents in most varieties).

 

α-TERPINEOL is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-fungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory

 

1,8-CINEOLE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Analgesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-spasmodic  
  • Antiviral
  • Increased blood flow
  • Reduced tension headaches
  • Antitussive

 

PINENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Expectorant
  • Bronchodilator

 

SABINENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-microbial
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory

 

CAMPHENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Antioxidant
  • Soothing
  • Anti-inflammatory

 

LIMONENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidative

 

P-CYMENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Antioxidant

 

CAMPHOR is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Antitussive
  • Decongestant
  • Absorbent
  • Cooling
  • Warming
  • Anesthetic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-inflammatory

 

GLOBULOL is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Regenerative
  • Antioxidant

 

CITRONELLOL is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-microbial
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Anticonvulsant

 

AROMADENDRENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Disinfectant is helpful in supporting the treatment of infections,
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial

 

PIPERITONE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Decongestant

 

Used in aromatherapy, the cooling scent of Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known to relieve mental exhaustion by boosting circulation to the brain, thereby stimulating the mind out of sluggishness, and rejuvenating the spirit. Those suffering from sinus congestion can diffuse Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the bedroom throughout the night to clear nasal passages and to eliminate harmful airborne bacteria that contribute to the feeling of being unwell.

Eucalyptus Oil effectively removes grease and grime, making it an excellent cleaning product for the kitchen. It may also be mixed-in with homemade hand soaps and laundry detergents. Added to natural homemade sprays as a cleaning agent, it can be used for washing toilet bowls, floors, countertops, and windows, just to name a few surfaces. The clean scent makes an effective fabric freshener, and it can be mixed with Lemon or Tea Tree Essential Oils, diluted with water, then applied to odorous materials such as the insides of shoes. Furthermore, as an air cleanser, Eucalyptus Oil is beneficial for eliminating mold that could contribute to respiratory issues.

When used cosmetically to nourish hair, Eucalyptus Essential Oil will moisturize an itchy scalp and remove dandruff flakes. As a natural insecticide, it is even known to have the ability to eliminate lice. This germicidal oil’s antiseptic properties make it a popular choice for use on wounds, cuts, burns, bites, stings, and sores. Besides soothing the irritated skin, it relieves pain, protects any openings from becoming infected, and promotes faster healing. Added to warm baths, Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties help to rejuvenate stiff and sore muscles.

 

    • COSMETIC: antibacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, stimulating

    • MEDICINAL: antibacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, phagocytic, stimulating

  • ODOROUS: anti-microbial, antiseptic, decongestant, phagocytic, stimulating

 

USES OF EUCALYPTUS OIL

The uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and sprays, to name a few suggestions for homemade products.

Used in aromatherapy, the fragrance of Eucalyptus Essential Oil is inhaled and scent receptors in the brain’s emotional powerhouse process the smell as refreshing. A few drops of this invigorating oil placed in the hand while showering can be inhaled to promote a sense of vitality. Eucalyptus Oil’s expectorant properties also make it effective in facilitating the relief of congestion and respiratory tract infections. For relief from congestion, mix a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water and lean over it to inhale the aromatic vapors with a towel draped over the head and bowl for a few minutes. The eyes should be closed to prevent irritation. It has traditionally been used to relieve the discomforts associated with fatigue, headaches, colds, sinusitis, mucous congestion, muscle aches and pains, and asthma.

Diluted with a carrier oil and used topically in a moisturizer or a blended massage oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s stimulating properties may help to revitalize the skin and tired muscles. Known to have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, this soothing oil provides relief to minor burns, sores, bites, and cuts by decreasing pain, inhibiting bleeding, eliminating bacteria from the wound, and promoting the closing of scars. Diluted in a warm bath, Eucalyptus Essential Oil may relieve respiratory discomfort and dermal inflammation.

As a disinfecting air spray, Eucalyptus Essential Oil acts as a natural, anti-microbial, non-toxic air freshener that removes bacteria, viruses, and mold from the environment. Diluted with water, this spray can freshen the room and eliminate the body odors trapped in shoes and sports gear. A surface cleaning agent can be made by combining Eucalyptus Oil with Lemon and Peppermint Essential Oils and then diluting the blend with water before using it on kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

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