Eucalyptus Oils, Benefits and Uses.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a purifying, cleansing, clarifying, and immune-boosting oil that is ideal for use on skin, in aromatherapy, and as a surface cleaning agent and a fabric freshener.
- There are around 500 varieties of Eucalyptus that are used for the production of essential oils. They share common healing benefits and a characteristic fresh, camphoraceous scent, though some varieties have slight nuances in aroma.
- Eucalyptus Oil is a popular ingredient in balms, inhalers, massage blends, and dental hygiene products for its soothing, stimulating, and anti-bacterial properties.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oils support the respiratory system and soothe physical discomforts.
- The healing benefits of Eucalyptus Oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, and antiseptic qualities, among other valuable properties.
HISTORY OF EUCALYPTUS OIL
The Eucalyptus Tree is commonly associated with koala bears, as Eucalyptus leaves are their main source of food. Most of the 700 varieties of Eucalyptus grow like trees while others grow like shrubs. The tree goes by several nicknames such as Fever Tree, Blue Gum Tree, and Stringy Bark Tree, depending on its location in the world. Despite the multiplicity of Eucalyptus varieties, they share common characteristics including their fresh, crisp, clean, sweet and camphoraceous scents, which are sometimes further described as having hints of lemon, peppermint, or woody nuances. The shared trait that they are best known for, however, is the beneficial healing properties of their leaves, which have made this tree’s essential oil
s widely used as a traditional and natural medicine for centuries. First used by the Aboriginal people of Australia, who referred to is as “kino” and used it to heal most wounds, Eucalyptus leaves were made into infusions and used to treat body pains, colds, sinus congestions, and fevers, hence the nickname Fever Tree.
BENEFITS OF EUCALYPTUS OIL
The main constituents of Eucalyptus Oil are: α-Terpineol, 1,8-cineole (Eucalyptol), α-pinene, β-pinene, Sabinene, Camphene, Limonene, p-Cymene, Camphor, Globulol, Citronellal, α-phellandrene, Aromadendrene, and Piperitone.
(Though not all the constituents listed apply to all Eucalyptus varieties, these are the main constituents in most varieties).
α-TERPINEOL is known to exhibit the following activity:
1,8-CINEOLE is known to exhibit the following activity:
- Increased blood flow
- Reduced tension headaches
PINENE is known to exhibit the following activity:
SABINENE is known to exhibit the following activity:
CAMPHENE is known to exhibit the following activity:
LIMONENE is known to exhibit the following activity:
P-CYMENE is known to exhibit the following activity:
CAMPHOR is known to exhibit the following activity:
GLOBULOL is known to exhibit the following activity:
CITRONELLOL is known to exhibit the following activity:
AROMADENDRENE is known to exhibit the following activity:
- Disinfectant is helpful in supporting the treatment of infections,
PIPERITONE is known to exhibit the following activity:
Used in aromatherapy, the cooling scent of Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known to relieve mental exhaustion by boosting circulation to the brain, thereby stimulating the mind out of sluggishness, and rejuvenating the spirit. Those suffering from sinus congestion can diffuse Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the bedroom throughout the night to clear nasal passages and to eliminate harmful airborne bacteria that contribute to the feeling of being unwell.