Meet your newest obsession: fragrant, healthy eucalyptus oil.
Eucalyptus oil doesn’t just smell nice—it is actually widely used in pain-relief, medicine, and relaxation because of its many wellness benefits.
What Is Eucalyptus Oil?
You might know eucalyptus trees for their sharp, refreshing scent and pale green leaves. Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, which is native to Australia. The oil is made by drying, crushing, and steam distilling the leaves, and there are many different types of oil. These include blue mallee, narrow leaf, blue gum, and lemon.
Eucalyptus oil’s use in medicinal remedies can be traced back thousands of years to the ancient Greek and Asian civilizations. Its proclaimed health benefits come from the compound eucalyptol(1,8-cineole). It also contains antioxidants and tannins, which may help with inflammation. Eucalyptus oil is used in so many things—perfumes, antiseptics, cosmetics, industrial solvents, pain relief products, medicinal products, mosquito repellent, and much more.
What Are the Benefits?
This unassuming tree produces one of the most beneficial essential oils on the market. Eucalyptus oil is believed to have many wellness properties that make it a key ingredient in pain relief and medication.
Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial properties and has been known to help clean and treat wounds. Studies have shown that it might have antibacterial effects on bacteria in the upper respiratory tract, which could lead to new developments in treating infections. Other ways it is used medicinally is helping combat colds and respiratory problems. It is popular in lozenges and inhalants to help with decongestion and breathing. It can even act as an expectorant and loosen phlegm in your body. Eucalyptus oil may even stimulate the immune system and help strengthen it, helping to avoid illness in the first place.
Another big benefit of eucalyptus oil is that it can help with joint aches and muscle pain relief. It has been used to help with pain and inflammation from arthritis, bruising, sprains, and backaches; eucalyptus is one of the main ingredients in pain-relieving topicals. It isn’t the main painkiller in these products, rather, it soothes pain and aches by producing a cold or warm sensation.
Eucalyptus may also help with the following conditions:
- Cold sores
- Bladder disease
- Lowering blood sugar
- Stress and anxiety
How to Use Eucalyptus Oil
With many benefits come many uses. The way you choose to use eucalyptus oil depends on what you would like to get out of it, but there are two main forms you can choose from: either as pure eucalyptus oil, or in products featuring eucalyptus oil.
If you are experiencing a cold, or have any congestion, using eucalyptus oil in a diffuser is your best bet. This will diffuse the oil into the air, and the scent of it will help with easing your congestion. Another alternative is to mix a drop or two of eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and rub it on your chest. Don’t have those oils on hand? Check your medicine cabinet—Vick’s VaporRub works just as well.
For help with pain relief, use eucalyptus oil as a topical. Mix a couple of drops with some preferred lotion of your choice and rub it over sore muscles and joints. Many companies also offer topicals with eucalyptus oil already included, which facilitates the application process since there is no measuring and mixing to be done. Another great way to reap the soothing benefits of eucalyptus oil is to use it in your bath. Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil into your bath, or opt for a bath product featuring the oil. A perfect pick is A88CBD™’s bath bombs because they are made with all-natural, premium CBD for relaxation and eucalyptus oil to help soothe soreness.
Other ways to use eucalyptus oil are to spray it on your body as a bug repellent, to in skincare products for a refreshing, rejuvenating experience.
Precautions for Using Eucalyptus Oil
Although eucalyptus oil may seem like a miracle oil, there is not enough research to prove that eucalyptus actually helps in all the things previously mentioned. It could be effective for some, and for others, it might not work. Additionally, there are some extra precautions to take.
Eucalyptus oil can actually be highly toxic if swallowed. Signs of eucalyptus poisoning include feeling dizzy, shortness of breath and feelings of suffocation, and small pupils. Do not ingest it, and keep it away from children and animals as it could have stronger effects on them. Eucalyptus oil can also impact the metabolization of certain medications and affect liver function, so be sure to consult your doctor before using it.
To use eucalyptus oil safely, always dilute it pure eucalyptus oil with other oils or products. Keep it away from the eyes and mouth. Individuals with asthma should also take precaution as eucalyptus oil can make the condition worse.