Odor and Taste:
Aromatic and camphoric, pungent , minty
Part used: leaf
Blends Well With:
Alcohol, ether and mint.
"eucalyptus" originated from the Greek word ‘eu’ meaning “well” and
‘kalyptos’ which means “cover”. This was originally derived from the
“well-covered” bud caps that bloom and eventually fall off the tree when they
mature. Native to Australia, eucalyptus trees comprise around 90% of the
over 700 species of eucalyptus. It’s best-known species, Eucalyptus globulus,
is often referred to as blue gum, fever tree, or gum tree. It is the tallest of
the species and can grow to up to 60 feet high.
essential oil, meanwhile, is extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree.
They are dried, crushed and then distilled to extract the camphorous and potent
Maintaining Skin Health
oil acts a great cleansing and purifying
agent. If you mix this oil with bath
salts and not only will your skin feel much fresher, the oil will also help
clean away all the day’s dirt while fighting existing skin infections. Because
of its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, it also
makes a great all-natural treatment for wounds, insect bites, acne, and other
minor skin problems.
2. Hair Care
The oil is
known to help promote a healthy scalp.
The active ingredients found in the oil stimulate the blood vessels in the
scalp, causing it to increase the blood flow to the hair follicles. This, in
turn, encourages healthy hair development. As a natural insect repellent,
eucalyptus essential oil is also popular as treatment for head lice.
So, if you
are suffering from an irritated scalp, hair loss, and even head lice, try
massaging eucalyptus essential oil diluted in coconut oil onto your hair and
scalp. Not only does this help strengthen and moisturize your hair, it also
aids in keeping your scalp healthy.
3. As Antiseptic
In a study
published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI),
eucalyptus oil and its major chemical component, 1,8-cineole, is said to have
antimicrobial effects on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as different strains of viruses and
fungi. In a different study, the oil is recognized to have aerial antimicrobial
the oil can be used as an ingredient in a non-toxic, all-natural disinfecting
spray. It can help remove bacteria, viruses, and molds in affected areas. With
its insect-repelling and deodorizing property, you’re not only keeping your
space germ-free, you’re saying goodbye to insects and musty smells as well!
That’s hitting three birds with one stone!
Pain and Relief
oil is perfect for providing your muscles with the relief they need. Tired from
a long day at work or sore from surfing? Eucalyptus essential oil makes an
amazing massage oil. It’s not only a great muscle pain reliever, its refreshing
and distinct aroma can also help improve mental clarity and mood. All you need to do is mix the oil with a
carrier oil and massage the mixture onto your body. If that’s not enough
relaxing for you, you can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil into your bath
along with some whole milk.
5. Treatment for Respiratory Ailments
essential oil is most popular for its ability to treat a wide range of
respiratory diseases, such as cough, colds, asthma, sinusitis, and bronchitis.
It’s been historically used to cure the aforementioned respiratory problems. In
the Indian Pharmacopoeia, eucalyptus is listed as an expectorant.
cough drops also help promote the production of saliva. This aids in swallowing
and, consequently, makes coughing less severe. As mentioned, the oil has
significant bronchodilating effects. This means that when its scent is inhaled,
it opens the sinuses and breathing passages, thereby helping foster easier and
eucalyptus essential oil’s antimicrobial effects also make it a great remedy
for respiratory infections. In fact, it has been known to aid in the treatment
of tuberculosis by alleviating its symptoms and by helping fight off the
infection, thereby reducing inflammation and clearing the lungs.