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Eucalyptus oil may not be voted as one of the earthiest, pretties, sweetest, or fruitiest essential oils, but it sure is versatile and beneficial. Extracted from the leaves of eucalyptus trees, it is believed that it was one of the first medicines used by Australian Aboriginal tribes. Today, it is considered a staple in any essential oils collection of any size. Below are a few of the many uses and benefits of eucalyptus essential oil.
Respiratory Issues - If you have a cold, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion, asthma, sinusitis, or bronchitis, eucalyptus will become your best friend. Mix it with a carrier oil to rub on your chest. The vapors dilate blood vessels and calm the throat thereby allowing the lungs to receive more oxygen. You can also apply a few drops to your hands or hold over your nose to breathe in while in the shower to promote clear breathing.
Wound Healing - The antiseptic qualities of this oil make it ideal to apply to burns, sores, cuts, abrasions, and insect bites and stings. It soothes the area and also protects the wound against infection.
Muscle Pain - Keep a blend of eucalyptus and your favorite carrier oil mixed in a container to apply to aching muscles. It is also ideal for sore joints, sprained ligaments, arthritis, and nerve pain.
Dental Care - This oil's germicidal properties make it ideal to add to your toothpaste or use as a mouthwash.
Insect Repellent - Not only will eucalyptus help keep the mosquitoes away while you are outside; it can be sprayed throughout the home as a natural bug repellent. Do you know what insect hates eucalyptus the most? Spiders! Spray it around your doors and on window screens, too. You can dab it on the outside of your dog's collar to help keep fleas and mosquitoes away, too.
Air Freshener - Add it to your diffuser for a fresh and clean fragrance. While it makes your home smell great, it will also be kipping bacteria and viruses, too.
Circulation - If you suffer from poor circulation massage the oil topically to the area. This makes eucalyptus oil perfect for diabetics since many people with this condition have poor circulation, which can be extremely dangerous.
Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory, stimulating, antispasmodic, antibacterial, deodorant, decongestant, and antiseptic properties can also be used for mental exhaustion, fever, floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and a natural sunscreen.