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Top 10 Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil has so many positive properties that make it a great solution for many health issues but it hasn’t always been so popular. Up until just recently, most people didn’t know much more about it other than its use for aromatherapy. Now, though, the use of this highly scented oil grows more every day as people become more aware of its benefits. There are literally hundreds of uses for this oil so we will limit this list to the top 10 uses.
Never use eucalyptus oil directly on the body! Always mix a few drops into a base oil, such as olive or sweet almond oil, before applying to the skin.
Check out our top 10 list of uses for this fantastic essential oil. It’s more than just about clearing up your sinuses!
1. Cooling properties
Oh yes, when the temperature is sizzling outside, you don’t have to suffer or run for an air conditioned building. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle of water ( you can add a few drops of peppermint oil also if you like for some extra cooling power) shake well and then spritz all over the body. (Avoid your eyes, of course) So super cooling, you will think the temperature dropped 15 or more degrees.
2. Jet Lag
Everyone hates that saggy, heavy feeling after a long flight. When your body thinks its 2AM but the clock says its 2PM? Using eucalyptus oil can help wake up the body with its sweet aroma. Use topically or aromatically to fight the dreaded jet lag.
This oil can help to clear up the lungs. Diffuse constantly and using a mixture of one or two drops of eucalyptus oil in a base oil, (such as sweet almond oil), rub over the chest liberally. Find out more herbs that boost lung health.
4. Sore muscles
Sore muscles can be treated with a gentle massage of eucalyptus oil. Always massage towards the heart to move the buildup of lactic acid toward the lymph system so it can drain.
Eucalyptus oil has great antiviral properties, as well as anti-inflammatory and it’s a natural analgesic. Massage into the areas daily, or add some to a warm bath. You can even make a hot compress and apply it over the area to help relieve pain.
6. Repels insects
Almost everyone will recognize eucalyptus oils strong but very pleasing scent and this makes it perfect as a means of keeping an area free from those biting bugs and annoying insects. You can place some in a vaporizer to keep bugs away, or mix a few drops into a skin cream and apply directly to your skin. Even though most people love the smell of eucalyptus oil, most bugs do not! See more tips to protect yourself from bug bites.
7. Antiseptic qualities
The active ingredient in eucalyptus is called cineole, and it has powerful antiseptic qualities. This is why you will find it in many mouthwashes, toothpastes, and other dental products. Cineole kills the bacterium that causes bad breath; it doesn’t just cover it up. Cineole also helps reduce the amount of plaque that forms on your teeth and gums. It’s great at reducing the bleeding of gums and, overall, keeps the mouth clean and healthy.
8. Improves the immune system
Studies show that using eucalyptus oil actually strengthens the macrophages, whose job is to kill infection in the body. Also, eucalyptus oil helps your body produce its own type of protective device. Eucalyptus oil might actually inhibit the progression of diabetes. More research is being done in this area right now.
9. Stops skin infections
Because it has strong antibacterial compounds, eucalyptus oil can be very successful at stopping skin infections. Numerous studies have shown that this oil works well at stopping all kinds of skin problems, including acne. Read also how to clear body acne with diet.
10. Arterial vasodilator
Eucalyptus oil will help dilate the entire vascular system, increasing the circulation of blood. Use one drop during massage over any area that might be a concern such as feet, hands, or heart.
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