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The Little-known Wonders of Eucalyptus

The Little-known Wonders of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil has many benefits, but did you know it also has interesting origins? The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia, and its name comes from the Greek words for "well" and "covered." The tree was first used medicinally by the Aboriginal people of Australia, who recognized its healing properties.

This powerful tree can be used to treat various respiratory problems, and its antiseptic and decongestant properties make it a valuable asset in any home.  In this article, we will discuss the little-known benefits of eucalyptus oil and how you can use it to improve your health.

Terpenes that give Eucalyptus its flavor

The eucalyptus tree is a member of the Myrtaceae family, which also includes other popular essential oils such as tea tree oil and lavender oil. Products with terpenes are popular purchases this summer, and the main active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is the terpene eucalyptol, which is also known as 1,8 cineole. Cineole is an organic compound that is colorless and liquid. It's also known as eucalyptol because it's abundant in eucalyptus trees and shrubs.

Only koala bears, ring-tailed possums, and a few insects can eat eucalyptus leaves and bark.  Even humans can’t tolerate levels of cineole because it can be toxic. But in small concentrations, this compound gives eucalyptus oil its distinctive aroma and is responsible for its many therapeutic properties.

Eucalyptus oil has a fresh, camphoraceous scent that is both invigorating and refreshing. It is often used in aromatherapy to boost energy and improve mental focus.  

Health benefits of Eucalyptus you probably didn’t know

In addition to its antiseptic and decongestant properties, eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and expectorant effects. These properties can help with the symptoms of various respiratory conditions, including bronchitis, sinusitis, and the common cold.

Eucalyptus oil also fights off the yeast-like fungus Malassezia, which is the most common cause of dandruff. Hence, hair products that contain eucalyptus promote hair growth due to its antifungal and antiseptic properties.

How to use Eucalyptus in your everyday life

Eucalyptus oil can be used in many different ways to improve respiratory health. It can be inhaled directly from the bottle or diffused using a diffuser or vaporizer. It is a common ingredient in many OTC cough and cold products because it helps relieve congestion.

Eucalyptus oil can also be applied topically, but you should dilute it with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or almond oil before being applied to the skin. Eucalyptus oil offers great relief from muscle and joint pain.

Other Eucalyptus home products are organic soaps, lotions, mouthwashes, insect sprays, bath oils, hair products, and massage oils.

Wrapping Up

If you are looking for a natural way to boost your respiratory health, eucalyptus oil is a great option. Try diffusing it in your home or office to clear the air and improve breathing, or add a few drops to your next massage to ease muscle pain and tension. You can also apply it topically to relieve congestion and cold symptoms. Whatever way you choose to use it, eucalyptus oil is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.

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