Eucalyptus pure essential oil is obtained from the leaves and branches of the eucalyptus tree, also known as Eucalyptus Globulus. This tree originated in Australia, where the aborigines likely discovered its medicinal properties and started experimenting with the oil. The oil is extracted through steam distillation, which used about 110 pounds of Eucalyptus tree to make 2 pounds of oil.
Therapeutic Effect of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The main ingredient in eucalyptus essential oil is eucalyptol. This main ingredient, eucalyptol, has very strong germicidal and disinfectant properties. On a psychological level, it helps to relieve exhaustion and mental sluggishness.
There are certain conditions, which it is said eucalyptus oil can be of a great benefit. The following are a few of the conditions.
It is known to suppress coughs. You can make a chest compress with eucalyptus and massage into the chest. This will help to loosen up the congestion. I personally know of a gentleman who has a congestive cough, meaning it is always there and he has not been able to get rid of it. He bought some eucalyptus oil, and started diffusing it in the air using his potpourri pot. It only took a few days, and his cough was gone. He has also noticed, when he does not use the oil, the cough returns.
You can also purify a sickroom. This is an excellent way of disinfecting a room where someone is, or has been sick. Just diffuse some oil into the air, and the germicidal properties will kill the germs in the air, giving you a clean room with clean air. Excellent for the wintertime, when it is more difficult to air out the house.
It may help with just your well-being. Just apply some eucalyptus oil to your pulse or pressure points and massage. There are only certain essential oils, which can be placed directly on the skin. Eucalyptus oil is one of them.
It has also been known to help with infections. Just apply some eucalyptus oil to the bandage, or gauze, and wrap the wound with it. Once again, the main ingredient, eucalyptol, has very strong germicidal and disinfectant properties
Last, but not least, it has been used to get rid of dandruff. Simply mix 10 drops of eucalyptus oil with your shampoo. As a side note, you should also use an all-natural shampoo. This will also help with the dandruff.
When looking for eucalyptus oil, ensure you buy from a reputable company. You should absolutely ensure the oils you are buying or using are "pure essential oils". This means the oil has been extracted in the safest and most efficient means, without affecting the therapeutic properties of the oil itself. You should try to buy organic as well. Although, this can be misleading, as most of the oils are organic, since they are found in the wild. It also means the oil is 100% oil, and nothing has been added to the oil. Just remember, only buy pure essential oils, and you can enjoy many of the benefits listed above.
Michael Russell - Your Independent guide to Aromatherapy.
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