The eucalyptus is a tree, originally from Tasmania-Australia, also found in Asia and the Mediterranean region. In 1962 Eucalyptus Globulus was named the “floram emblem” of Tasmania. Its young leaves are positioned in opposite pairs, of a blue-greenish colour with a waxed surface, and the adult leaves are of a dark green glossy colour in a sickle-shape. The flowers are white or beige and produce a large quantity of nectar while the fruits are woody with a diametre of 1,5-2,5 cm. The eucalyptus is a great water consumer and can grow up to 100 m high, with and annual elongation of 10 m per year in the first 80 years of life.
The eucalyptus oil is also found under the name of ‘Nilgiri tel’ (Hindi) and is one ingredient that can have a far reaching effect on your overall well-being. This magnific oil is obtained from the dried sweet-scented leaves of the eucalyptus tree. The leaves are steam-distilled to make the wonderfully scented oil, a colorless liquid with a strong sweet woody scent. These days from Australia comes about 5% of the oil, while the large amount of 95% is made in China.
The essential eucalyptus oil is obtained from the fresh leaves and it is used for a large variety of drugs, creams, lotions and cosmetic products. This oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, being the perfect ingredient in respiratory problems treatments like colds, coughs, runny nose, sore throat, even asthma, bronchitis or sinusitis. The eucalyptus essential oils are used with good results in the nervous system diseases, having calming effects when used in baths and massages. If you have a sore throat or a severe cough that just don’t go away no matter how much medication you take then you should definitely try this incredible ingredient. Also if you have acne problems and are disappointed with all the expensive creams and lotions you have tried, then you have never experienced the power of eucalyptus oil that can cure not only these but many others when used in the right way.
Essential eucalyptus oil benefits:
- it cures abscesses;
- improves redness caused by insect stings;
- has analgesic effect and relieves muscle pain;
- fights against fever;
- it is a good energizer;
- eliminates dandruff;
- brings down fever;
- helps with flying sickness.
Did you know that eucalyptus oil has many chemicals that promote follicle stimulation? In their process the chemicals make blood vessels constrict and cleanse. Follicles are tiny openings from where our hair grows and without stimulation hair development is hardened. There should be an even blood flow to the skin around the follicles and the eucalyptus oil is a great stimulant that can also relief from an itchy scalp. All you need is 50 ml white vinegar, 50 ml eucalyptus oil, 1 liter of water and by combining these ingredients properly you get a mixture used for rinsing the hair several times and immediately shampooing afterwards- you’ll get instant relief.
To help you calm down after a hard day the best way to relax is by inhalation of the sweet smelling oil, after adding a few drops to a hot bath. Eucalyptus oil isn’t water soluble and you will need to mix it with a dispersal like bath salts before you add it into the water. Excess use of the eucalyptus oil irritates the skin but you can easily mix it with massage oil for reducing these risks. You should also know that it is not a good remedy for sun burns or open wounds.
Eucalyptus oil based creams can also be a good treatment for fungal or bacterial growths.