Eucalyptus trees are tall, evergreen trees that grow up to 50 feet in height and are sometimes referred to as Gum Trees is an evergreen tree native to Australia that’s often thought of as the main food source of koala bears. The main chemical components of Eucalyptus radiate are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, making it an ideal oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways and for creating a soothing massage experience. Eucalyptus has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin and for cleansing surfaces and the air. Studies have shown that Eucalyptus is effective in helping lessen tension. Eucalyptus can be found in mouth rinses to fresh breath and promote oral health.
Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs (including a distinct group with a multiple-stem mallee growth habit) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia, and include Eucalyptus regnans, the tallest known flowering plant on Earth There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus and most are native to Australia; a very small number are found in adjacent areas of New Guinea and Indonesia. One species, Eucalyptus deglupta, ranges as far north as the Philippines. Of the 15 species found outside Australia, just nine are exclusively non-Australian. Species of eucalyptus are cultivated widely in the tropical and temperate world, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, China, and the Indian subcontinent. However, the range over which many eucalypts can be planted in the temperate zone is constrained by their limited cold tolerance. Australia is covered by 92,000,000 hectares (227,336,951 acres) of eucalypt forest, comprising three quarters of the area covered by native forest.
Wounds: Eucalyptus essential oil has antiseptic qualities because of its germicidal quality. Upon exposure to air, ozone is formed which is a well-researched antiseptic. Therefore, eucalyptus oil is used for Healing Wound, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores it is also an effective salve for insect bites and stings. Furthermore, besides soothing the affected area, it also protects the open wound or irritated area from developing infections from microbial activity and exposure to air.
Antiseptic cleaner: For minor cuts, wounds and boils mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 5-7 drops of eucalyptus oil and dab with a clean cotton ball.
Lice: Due to its well-known qualities as a bug repellent and natural pesticide, it is frequently used as a natural treatment for lice. Some of the mainstream treatments of lice can be very severe and damaging to the hair, as well as packed with dangerous chemicals that you don’t want being absorbed into your skin, so combine a few drops of eucalyptus oil through a lice-infested head is a much better and healthier solution. The next time you get an outbreak of head lice try this home-made blend that not only helps to nourish the hair with the moisturizing properties of eucalyptus oil but will also keep the tiny critters out of your hair:
- 3 ml eucalyptus oil
- 2 tablespoons shampoo
- 1 teaspoon neem essential oil (Lice hate the strong, bitter, pungent smell of neem and neem oil contains the active ingredient azadirachtin, an insecticide, which prevents the reproduction of lice)
- Alternatively, in a regular 60 ml shampoo bottle add 6 ml of eucalyptus oil and 2 teaspoons of neem oil. Shampoo hair and cover with a plastic shower cap for 10-15 minutes. Remove shower cap, wash hair and towel dry. Comb through hair with a lice comb (fine nit comb) which will help to catch the eggs.
Eucalyptus oil is often applied topically to treat skin infections. Eucalyptus essential oil has many innate properties that make it an excellent choice for treating many skin conditions. It is a natural antiseptic with antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it highly effective in treating wounds, minor cuts, acne, boils, insect bites, skin infections and more.
1. Natural sunscreen: Eucalyptus oil has a natural SPF 3, and when combined with olive oil with SPF 8 it can make a natural moisturizing sunscreen.
2. Chemical-free moisturizer: Mix 3-5 drops of eucalyptus oil with 1 tablespoon jojoba oil olive oil or sweet almond oil and massage into the skin. This helps to rejuvenate and soften the skin. Great if you have dry, itchy skin!
Eucalyptus oil helps in destroying bacteria clogging the pores and preventing it from spreading, making it an excellent natural treatment for acne. As an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory the oil not only helps to kill bacteria, but also to dry the blemished area and provide healing relief to irritated skin
1. Acne blemishes: Mix 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil with 3 drops of water. Soak a cotton swab in the blend and apply liberally to pimples and oily areas of the face. Make sure the solution does not get in the eyes, mouth or nose. Leave overnight for optimum results.
2. Use under makeup: Add 2-3 drops of the oil in your daily face moisturizer.
3. Acne boils and cysts: Combine 1 drop eucalyptus oil with 3 drops of apple cider vinegar. Dab a cotton swab in the blend and apply on the affected area. The solution dries out the blemishes and helps the infection clear. Leave overnight for best results.
The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air, keeping the environment of the rooms clean and sterilized.
- Use clean, room-temperature tap water. Make sure the water level does not exceed the water mark.
- Add 5–12 drops of essential oils. You can add more oil for a stronger scent. Experiment with the amount of oil you use and find what works best for you.
Eucalyptus oil is frequently used in soaps, detergents, and household cleaners. This is primarily due to its pleasant aroma and effect as a deodorant, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent
Moisturize your hair with a few drops of eucalyptus oil blended with a carrier oil like coconut oil (which is also an excellent hair moisturizer!). The active ingredients in eucalyptus oil help to stimulate hair follicles (the tiny holes where hair grows from) by stimulating blood vessels to constrict. This in turn gets more blood flow to the follicles and encourages healthy hair development.
- 4 tablespoons carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil
- 100 drops or 1 level tsp eucalyptus oil (20:80 essential oil to carrier oil ratio)
- Mix eucalyptus oil and olive or coconut oil and gently massage the blend into the scalp. Comb your hair to further stimulate blood flow. Apply on the hair about an hour before taking a shower. Wash off with shampoo/conditioner.
Whether we realize it or not, we all abuse our hair. Whether it’s with hot styling products, harsh chemical products, or even the weather, our hair takes a beating. Fortunately, eucalyptus essential oil can help restore nutrients to your hair and help add strength and elasticity.
By improving the elasticity to your hair, you will help promote its growth and help prevent hair loss. To use eucalyptus essential oil in your hair care routine, try using a stimulating scalp treatment.
- Combine 2-4 drops of eucalyptus oil with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil.
- Massage this healing mixture into your scalp in a circular motion for 3 minutes.
- After massaging your scalp, place a shower cap over your hair and let sit for a half-hour.
- Gently rinse your scalp and hair with warm water.
- Repeat this process whenever you want to give your hair a nourishing treatment.
Eucalyptus oil is known for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial healing properties.
1. Steam inhalation: Add 10-15 drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and breathe in the potent vapors for 5-10 minutes. The hot steam helps to thin and thereby drain mucus in the nasal passages and the decongestant properties of eucalyptus help to relieve cold symptoms.
2. Use in a Diffuser: Add several drops of eucalyptus oil in your diffuser and breathe in the medicinal vapors all night long.
FOR ITCHY SCALP
Who suffer from a dry, itchy scalp? Eucalyptus oil can help. Find instant itch relief by try
- 4 tablespoons regular white vinegar
- 100 drops or 1 level tsp eucalyptus oil
- 4 cups water
Mix all of the above and rinse your hair with the blend making sure the liquid is evenly distributed across your scalp. Shampoo and condition your hair immediately to experience quick cooling itching relief.
Combining eucalyptus oil with neem oil (an excellent oil for treating dry, itchy scalp) is a great way to nourish and moisturize the hair.
- 1 teaspoon neem oil
- 4-5 drops eucalyptus oil (also helps to mask the strong smell of neem oil)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
Blend and massage into the hair and scalp. Wash after a few hours, or leave overnight for better results.
For most people who’ve had a cold sore, it’s likely the painful, unpleasant blisters will reoccur, so when you feel that tingling, burning sensation around your mouth, take action with this effective home remedy below and kill a cold sore in its tracks.
- 1 drop Eucalyptus Oil
- 1 drop Peppermint Oil / Tea tree oil
- 2-3 drops of a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil
- Mix all of the above and apply it to the sore 3-4 times a day. Speed up healing and feel instant cooling pain relief
You might have a fungal infection. Spread by spores, fungal infections can be contagious and some of the most notorious ones include ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot, onychomycosis (destruction of fingernails and toes), thrush and more.
1. Cool Compress: Fill a bowl with 1 cup of cold water and add 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 3 drops of tea tree essential oil (another natural fungicidal) and swish around using a soft wash cloth. Wring it out and apply it to the affected area. For more effective relief soak a gauze in the solution, squeeze out the extra liquid and wrap it around the area lightly. Leave overnight.
2. Athlete’s foot wash: Soak the affected foot for 15-20 minutes in a solution of warm water combined with 1/2 a cup of Epsom salts and 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil. Do this twice a day for best results.
3. Nail infections: Combine 2-3 drops eucalyptus oil with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Dab and soak a cotton ball in the blend and apply it on the infected nails, really rubbing it in. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
CLEANING AND DEODORIZING:
- Eucalyptus oil is a natural anti-bacterial making it a powerful germ cleaner and a terrific grease buster. Being an anti-fungal, it’s also excellent as a deodorizer. It works wonders for general household cleaning and disinfecting, diminishing musty smells, cleaning the bathroom, shower, kitchen counters, floor and more.
- Antibacterial Cleaning Spray: For a natural home-made disinfectant mix 1 1/2 cups water with 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 20-25 drops of eucalyptus oil. Fill in a spray bottle (16oz. works great) and use for general cleaning of kitchen and bathroom sinks and countertops, spraying and mopping floors and as a natural air freshener.
- Chemical-Free Grease Remover: Add two teaspoons of eucalyptus essential oil and 1 tsp of dish washing liquid to a 16oz. spray bottle filled with water. Shake gently and spray onto greasy, grimy kitchen countertops, spray and clean the microwave oven, or scrub and shine the kitchen sink.
- Natural Mold-killer: To prevent mold build up in the shower, mix 5-7 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and tea tree essential oil (another natural fungicidal) in a spray bottle filled with 2 cups of water (16oz. bottle works well) and spray your shower with this solution after use. Also great for cleaning the fridge. Smells great as well!
- Instant Deodorizer: Add 5-7 drops of eucalyptus oil to 2 cups of hot soapy water and use to deodorize things around the house like the garbage can and toilet bowl. Dabbing 1-2 drops on your hanging room or car air freshener will instantly help revitalize it. You can also add a dab of lime essential oil or grapefruit essential oil for a fresh citrus aroma.
- Stain Remover: To remove grease marks, spots and stains from clothing, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil straight to the soiled area and leave for 3-5 minutes. Wash normally.
- Adhesive Eliminator: Apply eucalyptus oil directly on glass to remove sticker and decal residue left behind from sticky adhesives. Leave for 30 seconds and scrub off
Eucalyptus oil is an excellent pick-me-up when you’re feeling tired and exhausted. Its potent aroma is great for stimulating both the mind and the body.
Diffuse: Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil and a few drops of peppermint oil to your diffuser and let the clarifying, minty aroma waft through the air and refresh your senses.
Apply topically: Rub a few drops directly on your wrists, under the feet and into your temples and let the cooling effect invigorate your mind.
Eucalyptus oil is extremely concentrated and contact should be avoided with the following: eyes, mucous membranes, lips, tongue, polished furniture and some plastic surfaces. Materials such as suede, denim, silk and non-colorfast materials should always be patch tested before using.
For External Use Only Keep out of reach of children. Avoid Contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating consult your health care practitioner before using .Avoid use with sensitive or damaged skin. Do not use undiluted on skin. Discontinue use if skin irritation occurs. Do not apply on exposed skin if going outdoors. Do not drop oils directly in ear canal or eyes. Oils can dissolve plastics – Use in glass. Use extreme caution when applying oils topically for allergic or autoimmune conditions. Do a 2-days patch test for even the gentlest essential oils before using them generally.