Eucalyptus – Not Just For Aromatherapy

Eucalyptus

Before we talk about how to use Eucalyptus, lets just be clear on what eucalyptus is. Maybe like some people you have heard the word eucalyptus, have an idea but cannot say for sure what it is. Eucalyptus is actually an evergreen tree that is grown in several hundred varieties in different countries. The largest percentage is found in Australia and the trees grow very fast. Leaves and twigs are from the trees are processed formultiple uses.  Since the roots hold so much water, it’s been reported that the aborigines in Australia chew them for water in the dry outback.  Aside from extracting their essential oils, the bark of the eucalyptus tree is used for paper making and the wood is used in Australia as fuel and timber. I was really pleasantly surprised to learn that the eucalyptus leaves is the main food source for the cute little koala bear.
Eucalyptus is one of the essential oils used for relieving high fevers, it’s used as an antiseptic, as an inhalant for asthma suffers, it’s found in mouthwash, decongestants, and has even been used as an insect repellent.

Lower Fever With Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Tea

As far back as the 1860s eucalyptus oil and leaves were being used to treat high fevers. The fever of course happens in the first place as defense against bacterial, viral and fungal infections, going on in your body. Among other things the leaves are used to make teas and the oils are used in small drops.

Eucalyptus As A Disinfectant

In British hospitals’ eucalyptus has been used as an antiseptic on urinary catheters. It eventually became known as the catheter oil. Eucalyptus is used as an antiseptic on wounds by physicians and for cleaning their instruments. It also works as a disinfectant for your home surfaces and any place mold is seen or suspected. I just add about one drop of eucalyptus oil per ounce of water in an average sized household spray bottle to spray on a soft cloth. I add a little extra oil to the water if there are any signs of mold or mildew. Needless to say, it leaves a very fresh and pleasant smell in the air.

Treat Chest Colds, Coughs And Bronchitis

Eucalyptus for inhaling

I sometime use a few drops of the eucalyptus oil in my nebulizer as an inhalant when my asthma flares up. If you don’t have a nebulizer just add measured drops of eucalyptus oil in steaming water, cover your head over the bowl with a large towel and inhale.
When you need an expectorant the oil is simply the best for helping to loosen things up and eliminate the germs and toxins that make you feel so sick. Eucalyptus loosens the phlegm in the chest making it easier to cough up. It makes sense that it is used in so many cough drops and throat lozenges. When I have any stress in my throat or chest I put 2 eucalyptus cough drops in my tea. Eucalyptus is also found in many of our mouthwashes. It soothes the coughing and helps you breathe easier when you’re all stuffy.
My mother would put a few drops on a handkerchief or a piece of cotton just to inhale when our heads were stuffy. It also works well to gently rub a little directly on the chest and the back of the neck and upper back. Then you cover up and enjoy the relief that comes over you.


Safety Concerns

As long as it’s used externally, eucalyptus oil is nonirritating. However, those who have sensitive skin might experience a mild rash or irritation. Discontinue use If a rash develops
Eucalyptus oil is safe when taken internally in small amounts, but It’s important to know that eucalyptus oil can be poisonous when ingested internally in large amounts. Therefore, be sure to consult your doctor if you plan to use more than a few drops of eucalyptus oil internally.

Until next time, I wish you joy and good health!

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Eucalyptus – Not Just For Aromatherapy”

  1. Ive always been interested i becoming an herbal medicine specialist and this is definitely one highlight that gives me more reasons to pursue that knowledge. Very useful approach in treating everyday illness with natural medicine. Fascinating post!

  2. Totally believe in oils and its properties. I love Eucalyptus and over the years have pretty much used it for most of the treatements listed above. Thanks for the great read, it was very insightful. Really enjoyed this post.

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