Eucalyptus is one of the most widely used essential oils there is and it has been used for centuries. The tree hails from Australia and the Aborigines there applied the crushed leaves from the tree to wounds to help them heal. The leaves on the tree are very fragrant too and the aborigines who were sick and frail chose to live in areas where the trees grew. Surgeons today also recognize the benefits of eucalyptus and have used a eucalyptus solution to clean surgical cavities. Dentists and veterinarians also use eucalyptus in their practices. It has a sweet, menthol, woodsy scent that combined with its natural healing abilities, make it a favorite aromatherapy essential oil.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Uses
- For arthritis, muscle pains and rheumatism, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage it on affected areas.
- For asthma, coughs, sinusitis, stuffed up noses and throat infections use 5-7 drops in a vaporizer. You can also mix it in a carrier oil and massage it on the chest.
- To kill airborne bacteria in a sickroom, use it in a spray bottle. Mix 10 drops of oil in 1 quart of water. Shake well before you spray.
- To keep flies away, put drops of oil on ribbon and hang it near windows and doors or put them on windowsills. Refresh the ribbons weekly.
- For chicken pox and shingles, use 2-3 drops on a cotton swab and apply neat to affected areas. It relieves the pain that comes with these ailments.
- For an insect repellent, mix equal parts eucalyptus, bergamot and lavender. If applying directly to skin, use it in a carrier oil. To use it in a closet or drawer, apply it to cotton balls and place them on shelves.
- To freshen garbage bins, put a few drops of oil on a paper towel and wipe over the lid or place the towels in the bottom of the bin to kill germs and smells.