Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil
If you’ve ever had a cold, chances are you will have used a rub-on remedy to help you feel better. In that, chances are there will have been either Eucalytpus or something that smells very similar.
Clean, fresh, slightly medicinal aroma
There are many different varities of Eucalyptus, each with a slightly different aroma and use. The most common one is Eucalyptus Globulus, with a slightly medicinal undertone and clean and fresh aroma.
Useful for cleaning and laundry
Like many essential oils, Eucalyptus Globulus is antiseptic so useful for cleaning. It also has antiviral and antibacterial prorperties. It is thought to be useful for dispersing stains on clothing (although I haven’t tried this myself)
Aches, pains and migraine be gone
Eucalyptus has analgesic properties and is useful for easing rheumatism. It can help muscle spasms and works well on neuralgia pain. Useful for relieving muscle pain and general aches and pains. Eucyalptus is also thought to be beneficial for sufferers of migraines and headaches.
Cooling, calming, cleansing, clearing
It has a cooling effect for body and mind. It can be useful for calming anger and dispersing the atmosphere of a room after an argument, as well as reducing fever. As it has a distinct yet fresh aroma it makes a powerful deodorant. Can also be used as a room freshening spray, especially after illness.
As it has a clearing aroma, it is useful for helping to clear head-fog, aiding concentration and clarity of thought.
Useful for coughs, cold and flu
Most commonly, eucalyptus is used as a decongestant, relieving stuffy noses and blocked sinuses. As it reduces fever it is useful for flu and infections and as it is an expectorant it helps loosen phlegm and mucus so good for coughs and colds.
Useful for clearing the skin
It’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it useful for clearing up skin infections and burns. It also helps reduce inflammation.
Eucalyptus globulus should NOT be used on or near children under 10 years old
As it may cause skin to be irritated, use it in very small doses and take a patch test first if using on skin. It may be wise not to use if you have sensitive skin.
Avoid use if you are epileptic (or use in very small doses) as it may be too stimulating.
Avoid use if you have high blood pressure
May interact with homeopathic remedies so do NOT use if using homeopathic remedies
Avoid if you suffer from insomnia
Do NOT use during pregnancy
DO NOT ingest (eat/drink) eucalyptus oil or use it internally as it is toxic
It would be wise NOT to use it near animals/pets
Ways to use Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Steam inhalation for Adults to help stuffy noses
Carefully fill a bowl with hot water (taking care not to scald yourself!) add 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the bowl and cover head with a towel. Close your eyes and breathe the steam for a few minutes. Carefully dispose of the water.
If you have asthma, epilepsy, or high blood pressure or are pregnant/breastfeeding DO NOT DO THIS
Compress for Headaches
Take 5ml of carrier oil (if you don’t have any, plain sunflower oil will be fine!) and add 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil and 1 drop of lavender essential oil.
Fill a bowl with cold water and add the oil blend to the water and gently stir. Soak a flannel in the water for a few seconds then squeeze the excess water out. Apply to the forehead or the back of the neck and keep there until the flannels warm up again.
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