For the next 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!
Day 1: Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Did you know that there are over 500 species of Eucalyptus? Eucalyptus is indigenous to Australia however; many of these 500 species were cultivated in other countries, such as China, Spain, and South Africa.
Prized for its fast growing timber, not to mention its yield of commercially useful essential oil, Eucalyptus is one of the most well known of all the essential oils. Eucalyptus globulus is the Eucalyptus that is most commonly used in aromatherapy.
Extracted through steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the Eucalyptus tree, it is best known for its ability to clear nasal and/or sinus congestion. It is the number one oil used during cough and cold season. Eucalyptus has been used for many things from laundry detergent to flavouring throat lozenges. But it’s most traditional use for aromatherapy is that of a decongestant and treatment for respiratory infections.
When you are sick, Eucalyptus essential oil acts as an expectorant, helping you to cough up excess mucous. It also acts as a fighter against viral and bacterial infections. That’s right! The causes of the flu, laryngitis, sinusitis, sore throats, and tonsillitis can be conquered with Eucalyptus essential oil. Eucalyptus is also a known anti-inflammatory.
That’s not all the mighty Eucalyptus can accomplish. When you have aches and pains, (associated with the flu or not), eucalyptus eases them due to its rubefacient (warming) effects.
Eucalyptus essential oil goes beyond just breathing. It’s great for your skin too. Topically it speeds wound healing and has been effective in treating excess oil production in the skin that causes breakouts. It can also be employed to treat fungal infections of the nails, which is why you will often see it in natural foot care products.
There is also an emotional benefit to having Eucalyptus oil at the ready. Eucalyptus is stimulating and refreshing which can help you overcome sluggishness. It is useful in situations where you feel you are being stifled or oppressed, or even emotionally over-loaded. It helps to restore balance, improve your concentration and even increase optimism.
There are still even more ways to use Eucalyptus essential oil. These uses are a great place for you to start experimenting.
For coughs, colds and congestion, you can diffuse a few drops into the air with a diffuser, or add 2 drops to a bowl of hot tap water (not boiling) and place a towel over your head and inhale the steam. It is helpful to breathe the steam for a few minutes, blow your nose and repeat a few times. You can do this a few times daily until the congestion clears.
For emotional and uplifting effects, you can also diffuse a few drops into the air with a diffuser. Alternatively, you can add a drop or two to diffuser jewelry allowing you to breathe a little in all day. You can also make a room spray and spray some into the air a few times daily when you are sick or feeling down.
There are countless more ways to use this amazing oil. Don’t hesitate to drop into the store for more information on how to use essential oils.
Don’t forget that the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.