Eucalyptus is known as the Oil of Wellness. This encouraging essential oil promotes both emotional and spiritual wellness. Eucalyptus “encourages individuals to take full responsibility for their own health.” Additionally, Eucalyptus promotes feelings of liberation and increased responsibility, while combating the desire to escape life and feelings of powerlessness. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Eucalyptus essential oil.
Eucalyptus comes from the Myrtaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for Myrtle shrubs and trees. The main chemical constituents found in eucalyptus are oxides and monoterpenes, which contain anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. The extraction method for Eucalyptus essential oil involves the steam distillation of eucalyptus leaves. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.
The primary uses for Eucalyptus essential oil include asthma, bronchitis, congestion, cooling of the body, coughs, disinfectant, ear inflammation, fever, flu, inflammation, jet lag, kidney stones, lice, measles, over-exercised muscles, pain, pneumonia, respiratory viruses, shingles, sinusitis, and tennis elbow.
If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of eucalyptus, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!
Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied via two application methods—topical and aromatic. Topical: Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: for individuals with sensitive skin or for children, dilute Eucalyptus essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (utilizing a 1:1 ratio). Aromatic: Eucalyptus essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused.
Koala Highlight: I recently visited Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is located just outside of Sydney, Australia. Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world. I instantly fell in love with the koalas. One of the first things I noticed when I encountered the koalas, was the familiar scent of eucalyptus. Here are just a few fun facts about koalas:
- Koalas are marsupials (which makes them a relative of kangaroos!)
- The average lifespan of a koala is 20 years
- A newborn koala is barely the size of a jelly bean
- A baby koala will stay in its mother’s pouch for nearly 7 months
- The population of Australian koalas has dropped by 90% over the last decade
- Koalas live and sleep in eucalyptus trees and their diet consists primarily of eucalyptus leaves (talk about constantly living in a state of Zen!)
Cleary, I might be a tad obsessed with koalas. I was inspired to create my own unique diffuser blend for a little reminder of my Australian adventure.
“Koala Escape” Diffuser Blend: Eucalyptus, Tangerine, & Cedarwood (2-3 drops of each essential oil)
- In need of a spa escape? Place a drop of Eucalyptus on your shower floor and inhale the aromas through the steam!
- Feeling congested? Place 3 drops of Eucalyptus in a mug and fill the mug with boiling water! Breathe in the steam through your nose (and make sure to cover your eyes with a towel) for instant relief!
- Suffering from migraines? Frozen Eucalyptus washcloths are pure heaven! Check out this post for the recipe!
- Achy and tired muscles? Add 2 cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of Eucalyptus to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes!
Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Eucalyptus essential oil!
What are some of your favorite ways to use Eucalyptus essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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