The essential oil of eucalyptus is obtained from the leaves and branches of the eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus globules. A steam distillation process is used to extract the oil from the tree parts, and some 110 pounds of plant material is required to produce about 2 pounds of eucalyptus oil. The medicinal properties of eucalyptus oil were most likely first discovered by the Aborigines, the native inhabitants of Australia (where the tree originated). They used the oil as a remedy for skin problems and fever; not surprisingly, the eucalyptus tree has long been called the "fever tree". Modern herbalists rely on eucalyptus oil to treat these conditions, as well as colds and other bothersome respiratory ailments. The oil is fine decongestant and has strong germicidal and antibacterial effects.
For mental fatigue
4 drops eucalyptus oil
2 drops lemon oil
Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates the nervous system and promotes concentration. Combined with lemon oil in a diffuser, it is ideal to use when the psyche is affected by mental exhaustion and listlessness.
The principal active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is eucalyptol, which has strong germicidal and disinfectant properties. It also functions as a diuretic, lowers blood sugar and helps to relieve cough and fever. Eucalyptus oil is an effective analgesic and is often used in preparations designed to revolve muscle, nerve and joint pain. On a psychological level, it helps to combat exhaustion and dispels mental sluggishness.
For a sense of well being
A few drops of a blend of eucalyptus and massage oils have a cooling and stimulating effect on both mind and body. Apply to pulse points.
To purify the sickroom
Eucalyptus oil is the ideal essence to use in a sickbed environment. Five drops of the oil in a diffuser will kill germs in the air and reduce the number of airborne bacteria. This will help keep germs from spreading.
For wounds and abscesses
The strong germicidal effect of eucalyptus oil can help heal wounds, burns, ulcers and insect bites or stings. Place a few drops of the essential oil on a dressing or bandage before covering the area with it.
To suppress coughs
Make a chest compress with eucalyptus and massage oils to loosen phlegm and improve lung function.
For scarlet fever
A few drops of eucalyptus oil added to a diffuser can help relieve the flu like symptoms of scarlet fever.
To improve the sauna
To get th best detoxifying effects of a sauna, place 3 drops of the oil in a ladleful of water and pour it over the hot stones.
Extra Tip : Insects dislike the odor of eucalyptus oil. To make an insect repellent, add a few drops of the oil to massage oil. Or place a few drops in a diffuser to keep the room pest free.
An effective treatment for colds, fever, respiratory diseases, joint and muscle pain, migraines and bladder problems.
Take care : Too much eucalyptus oil can potentially irritate the skin, so be sure to use the exact amount specified in the preparations listed here. Combining eucalyptus oil with massage oil reduces the chance of irritation. Keep eucalyptus oil away from children under age 6.
- Lower a fever with a eucalyptus calf wrap. Add 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to 1 qt. of lukewarm water. Soak linen or cotton cloths in the mixture. Then, wrap the cloths around your calves and secure with dry cloths. Calf wraps should be used only when the feet are warm.
- To rid dandruff, mix 10 drops of eucalyptus oil with your shampoo. Massage well into your scalp. Wait a few minutes before rinsing.
- To alleviate cold symptoms, place a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a handkerchief and deeply inhale the aroma.
- To relieve sinus and chest congestion, combine 5 drops of eucalyptus oil with 1 drop of peppermint oil. Add crushed eucalyptus, peppermint, coltsfoot and comfrey herbs. Place ½ oz. of mixture in a clean sock, knot the end and place inside your pillowcase overnight.
- For relief from muscular aches and pains, mix 10-15 drops of eucalyptus oil and 2 oz. of sweet almond or grapeseed oil. Massage into your muscles.