Healing With Eucalyptus
The medicinal properties of Eucalyptus have been used for centuries by Australian Aborigines. Today, Eucalyptus's powerful antiseptic properties are valued all over the world.
Eucalyptus oil is distilled from partially dried leaves and twigs of the "Blue Gum" Eucalyptus tree. The oil has a pungent camphorous scent and blends well with other tree oils, such as Cedarwood and pine, and refreshing antiseptic oils, such as lemon and thyme.
Eucalyptus's warming and drying properties are effective in treating all respiratory disorders. Its decongestive action is especially effective as a steam inhalation. It fights infections, reduces fevers and soothes inflammation of the respiratory tract. It stimulates the nervous system, combats tiredness and promotes concentration.
Active Ingredients Of Eucalyptus Oil
There are over 500 varieties of Eucalyptus oil. These have different chemical compositions. The most commonly used is the "Blue Gum", Eucalyptus Globulus.
Oxides~Eucalyptol, also known as Cinerole, is a potent Oxide that stimulates the respiratory and digestive systems. It is responsible for the oil's camphorous scent , which has expectorant properties.
Monoterpenes~Eucalyptus contains antiviral Limonene and antiseptic Pinene.
Alcohols~The alcohol Citronellol is present in Eucalyptus oil in small quantities. Citronellol has an antiseptic, warming and uplifting effect.
Using Eucalyptus as an incense is a simple way to benefit from its antiseptic qualities. As the Eucalyptus burns, it releases its antiseptic ingredients into the air, disinfecting the room and masking unsavory odors.
Place some charcoal into a burner and light. Sprinkle with loose Eucalyptus incense and allow to burn gently.
Simply melt a tbsp of Vaseline by placing it in a bowl over a pan of hot water, and add:
6 drops Eucalyptus oil
2 drops Peppermint oil
Rub a little of this balm under your nose to clear your sinuses, especially at night. A little rubbed on your lips helps heal cold sores.
The antiseptic properties of Eucalyptus make it an excellent remedy for infections, particularly of the urinary tract. Combat painful Cystitis with a soothing daily massage over the lower back, abdomen nad hips.
For a gentle massage oil, blend the following:
2 tbsp Sweet Almond
4 drops Eucalyptus
4 drops Neroli
The antiseptic action of Eucalyptus makes it a versatile medicinal oil. Applied as a compress, Eucalyptus soothes inflammation and can be used to relieve muscular aches and rheumatic pains.
For Sprains and Strains~Add the following to a cold compress and apply:
3 drops Eucalyptus
6 drops Lavender
Dispel Congestion~Add the following to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel and breath in deeply.
3 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Lemon
3 drops Pine
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