by Nicole P
August 23, 2019
“Essential oils” as a blanket term is thrown around a lot as a singular concept. The fact of the matter is that each essential oil has its own unique benefits, drawbacks, and overall properties. When we talk about essential oils which have been proven to have a number of health benefits, eucalyptus essential oil certainly comes to mind.
Eucalyptus oil and eucalyptus extract have shown evidence of helping to manage plaque, bronchitis, asthma, headache, and more. Eucalyptus oil can also be used as a potent and all natural skincare and hair care ingredient.
Eucalyptus essential oil comes from the eucalyptus tree native to Australia. There are actually nearly 700 species of trees and bushes which are part of the eucalyptus genus. Eucalyptus essential oil is primarily sourced from either the black peppermint tree or the tasmanian bluegum.
Unlike some other essential oils which are lightweight and mild, eucalyptus oil is extremely potent. This is why it is always diluted before use for aromatherapy, in skincare, or as a supplement.
Eucalyptus essential oil has a strong aroma which has been described as spearmint with a bit of sweetness. This pleasant aroma can be combined with other natural essential oils and carrier oils in a number of aromatherapy, skincare, and hair care applications.
So how exactly does eucalyptus oil benefit your skin? Here are just a few ways:
Perhaps the most well-known usage of eucalyptus oil is for upper respiratory issues. Eucalyptus oil has been used to treat the common cold, bronchitis, asthma, and much more. Eucalyptus oil treatments traditionally may come in the form of cough drops, inhalants, or other aromatherapy applications.
In fact, the primary active ingredient in Vicks VapoRub is eucalyptus oil! Natural eucalyptus oil works as a cough suppressant, but it also may reduce swelling and directly combat bacterial infections.
It is important to note that relying on essential oils for serious medical conditions is not recommended. If you or a loved one have an upper respiratory issue that requires treatment, it is always advisable to seek medical attention.
Yes, eucalyptus oil has been shown to be an effective natural insect repellent alongside other natural oils such as lemongrass oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, cedarwood oil, and more.
No, undiluted eucalyptus oil is not safe for human consumption. When eaten, eucalyptus essential oil can cause seizures or even death in large doses. Eucalyptus oil is a perfectly safe ingredient when properly diluted, it only becomes unsafe in large doses or when ingested.
It is not a great idea to put any essential oils directly into a humidifier. Instead, consider using an oil diffuser with the appropriate essential oils to give your home or workplace a great, natural aroma. It is important to remember that eucalyptus oil is extremely potent, so this particular ingredient should be used with caution. Diluted eucalyptus oil or eucalyptus oil blended with other oils is generally a great option.
The Yellow Bird is an all-natural skin care company that started with a single product. In the past few years, our business has grown in leaps and bounds thanks to word-of-mouth and repeat customers. Our products are always free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, and GMOs.
We believe in using natural ingredients such as eucalyptus essential oil to create soaps, shampoo bars, and other products which we feel great using for ourselves and for our families. To explore some of our products which utilize eucalyptus, feel free to check out the following:
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