Eucalyptus is a natural insecticide grown to drain swamps and helps reduce the risk of malaria. Eucalyptus essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and used as an antiseptic and for deodorizing. It is an active ingredient in mosquito repellents. Eucalyptus leaf is used for infections, fever, upset stomach and to help loosen phlegm in lungs and for coughs. It also treats respiratory tract infections, whooping cough, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, osteoarthritis, joint pain (rheumatism), acne, wounds, poorly healing ulcers, bums, bacterial dysentery, ringworms, liver, gall bladder problems, loss of appetite.
Botanical: Eucalyptus globulus (LABILLE.) Tamil : Karpurattailamaram | Hindi : Sapheda Vriksh/Sugandhapatra/Safeda | Telugu : Jeeakamu /jamaoil | Malayalam Karpura Maram
Family: N.O. Myrtaceae
Synonyms : Blue Gum Tree. Stringy Bark Tree.
Part Used : The oil of the leaves.
Habitat :Australia. Now North and South Africa, India, and Southern Europe.
Eucalyptus oil should not be swallowed or applied to the skin full-strength. It must be diluted for safety and taken by mouth for pain and inflammation of respiratory tract mucous membranes, coughs, bronchitis, sinus pain and inflammation, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory infections. Used as an expectorant to loosen coughs, it is an antiseptic and fever reducer.
Diluted eucalyptus oil is applied directly to the skin for pain and swelling of respiratory tract mucous membranes, joint pain, genital herpes, and nasal stuffiness. Eucalyptus oil is an ingredient in dentistry products.
General Health Benefits
- Rub a few drops on your throat to stop coughing.
- Add to warm water, inhale the vapors to clear stuffed noses.
- Rub a few drops on the chest to help with asthma.
- Put a few drops with some warm water inside a jalneti pot and use to dean your sinuses.
- Put a few drops inside a diffuser and use in the bed room to sanitize it and to make it easier to breathe.
- Put a few drops in your bath water for aroma therapeutic bath.
- Rub a few drops on the temples to help with a headache.
- Rub a few drops on the back to reduce back pain.
- Add a few drops with some crushed camphor in a small bowl of water to drive away mosquitoes.
- The Eucalyptus Oil is useful for babies in the prevention and relief of stomach-aches and discomfort, in addition to keep the baby warm. May also be used as baby oil (for external use only. keep out of reach of children.)
- Eucalyptus leaf contains chemicals that might help control blood sugar. It also includes chemicals that might have activity against bacteria and fungi. Eucalyptus oil contains chemicals that could help pain and inflammation. It might also block chemicals that cause asthma.
- Improves blood circulation to the scalp, providing a nourishing boost to your hair roots and stimulating new hair growth.
- Antiseptic and antibacterial, working to clean the scalp and fight scalp conditions, such as dandruff and mild forms of psoriasis. A clean scalp encourages hair growth, as well.
- Anti-inflammatory properties that naturally moisturize and soothe irritated skin around follicles.
- Increases strength and elasticity to hair strands, and reduces split ends and hair breakage. Restores shine and bounce.
- Soothing property alleviates stress and exhaustion -- two factors that can lead to hair loss!
- Eucalyptus oil can increase elasticity of hair. This can make your hair stronger and more resistant to hair breakage and split ends.
- Mix 6-9 drops of eucalyptus oil with Castor oil and peppermint oil. This will make a very powerful growth aid.
- Eucalyptus oil stimulates blood flow and thus increases hair growth. Furthermore, it revitalizes dull hair, treats dandruff, improves hair texture, and promotes hair elasticity and luster.
- The anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties of eucalyptus oil keeps the scalp healthy and promotes hair growth.
Side Effects of Eucalyptus Oil
- Upset stomach