“Australian fever tree”
…is what Eucalyptus is lovingly called as, for its therapeutic values of treating fever and respiratory infections.
Botanical name: Eucalyptus globules
Origin: Tasmania, Australia
The essential oil obtained from the eucalyptus leaves is among the most familiar organic oils that can easily be distinguished owing to its camphor-like aroma. It is interesting to note that the eucalyptus forms the sole source of food for the koala bear. While the eucalyptus has its origin in Australia, presently this plant is grown across the world. The oil obtained from the leaves of this tall growing variety of tree is refined; it is used for multiple therapeutic purposes. Eucalyptus oil is highly resourceful that helps to energize the body, fortify the immune system as well as offers protection from cold during the winter months. Eucalyptus oil possesses an earthy feature that aids in calming down excited sensations. In addition, this oil also possesses purification and balancing properties that make it valuable for topical application in body areas that have been affected by emotional or physical inconsistency and also in locations where one may feel painful or discomfiture.
Over the years, the use of eucalyptus essential oil for aromatherapy has been growing steadily since this oil easily blends with several other essential oils, such as rosemary essential oil, thyme essential oil, lavender essential oil, marjoram essential oil, frankincense essential oil, cedarwood essential oil and several others.
Eucalyptus essential oil is also a potent inhalant and hence, it forms an active ingredient in several cold and sinus formulations available commercially from any drugstore or chemist shop. This essential oil is so potent that if you simply smell the aroma from an open bottle containing the oil, it will instantly clear any nasal congestion and make breathing easy. If you are suffering from a severe head cold accompanied by nasal congestion, take a large bowl and fill it with boiling water. Add around three to five drops of pure eucalyptus essential oil to it and inhale the vapor. Remember to cover your head with a towel and keep your face above the bowl. This will enable you to inhale the entire vapor without letting any of it to escape. While inhaling the vapor, close your eyes and take deep breaths so that you may take the vapor deep inside your lungs. In case you are not too comfortable with the aroma of eucalyptus oil, you may also include a few drops of lemon or sage oil – two very effective inhalant oils. If the water in the bowl becomes cool, add some more steaming hot water, add a couple of drops of the essential oil to it and continue inhaling the vapor no less than five minutes at a stretch. Repeat this treatment as many as thrice daily. Eucalyptus oil also possesses germicidal properties and, hence, it may be used in a vaporizer in a sick room to eliminate all bacteria present in the air.
Blends well with
colds and flu
sprains and strains
While inhaling the potent eucalyptus essential oil helps in providing relief from most types of nasal congestions, some precautions too need to be taken while using this aromatic oil. Potent odors often set off a number of types of asthma. Hence, eucalyptus essential oil should be used carefully as well as prudently. In fact, taking large measures of eucalyptus oil may prove to be noxious and detrimental for the overall health. In addition, use of this potently aromatic essential oil may also interact with homeopathic medications.
People need to be aware of the fact that this aromatic essential oil has the potential to result in fatal outcomes if it is consumed orally. It is important that you always keep this essential oil out of the reach of children. In addition, it is advisable not to use eucalyptus oil on babies and small children since a number of researches have hinted that even if they simply inhale or come in oblique contact with this essential oil, it may cause grave and detrimental reactions in them. If any individual, either a child or an adult, consumes this essential oil orally, it may result in brain damage, adversely affect the central nervous system, cause seizure, and result in coma or even death. According to a number of medical experts, oral consumption of even one teaspoon of this herbal oil has the potential to cause everlasting physical harm.
In addition, pregnant women or nursing mothers who are breast-feeding their child should avoid this powerful essential oil. If this oil is used by pregnant women, they are at the risk of causing damage to the fetus. On the other hand, nursing mothers should avoid using this essential oil as it is known to pass on to the breast milk. People enduring specific medical conditions, especially acute and chronic ailments like heart problems, seizure disorder, lungs diseases and stomach or intestinal problems should also avoid using this essential oil. In case they desire to use the oil to treat certain medical conditions, they should necessarily consult a doctor before doing so.