Eucalyptus essential oil has the germicidal effects to ease pains in muscles, joints, helps coughs and kills bacteria in sickrooms.
The essential oil of eucalyptus is obtained from the leaves and the branches of the eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus globulus', also known as the fever tree. A steam distillation process is used to extract the oil from the tree parts, and some 110 pounds of the plant material is required to produce about two pounds of oil. The medicinal properties of the oil were most likely first discovered by the Aborigines, the native inhabitants of Australia. (where the tree is originated from) They had used the oil as a remedy for skin problems and fevers. Modern herbalists rely on the oil to treat these conditions as well as colds and other respiratory ailments. The oil is a fine decongestant and has stong germicidal and antibacterial effects.
The principal active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is "eucalyptol" which has strong germicidal and disinfectant propterties. It also functions as a diuretic, lowers blood sugar and helps to relieve coughs and fevers. Eucalyptus oil is an effect analgesic and is often used in preparations designed to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pains. On a psychological level, it helps to combat exhaustion and dispels mental sluggishness.
For a sense of well being, a few drops of a blend of eucalyptus and massage oils have a cooling and stimulating effect on both mind and body. Just apply to pulse points. It also improves and detoxifies a sauna room, a place used for pyschological purposes besides beautification reasons. Place three drops of the oil in a ladleful of water and pour over the the hot stones.
For wounds and abscesses, the strong germicidal effects of the eucalyptus oil can help heal wounds, burns ulcers and insect bites or stings. Place a few drops of the essential oil on a dressing before covering the area with it. To suppress coughs, make a chest compress with the eucalyptus oils and a massage oil and it will help loosen phlegm and improve lung functions. Eucalyptus oil is also great for the use in a sickbed enviroment. Five drops of the oil in a diffuser will kill germs in the air and reduce the numbr of airborne bacteria.
For external uses:
To lower a fever with a eucalpytus calf wrap. Add five drops of eucalyptus essential oil to one quart of lukewarm water. Soak linen or cotton cloths in the mixture. Then wrap the cloths around your calves and secure with dry cloths. Calf wraps should be used only when the feet are already warm.
For dandruff, mix ten drops of eucalytus oil with your shampoo. Massage well into scalp and wait a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.
To alleviate cold symptoms, place a few drops of the eucalyptus oil on a handkerchief and deeply enhale the aroma when needed.
To relieve sinus and chest congestin, combine five drops of eucalyptus oil with one drop of peppermint oil. Add crushed eucalyptus, peppermint, coltsfoot and comfrey herbs. Mix them well and then stick into a clean cotton sock. Knot the end tightly and place inside your pillowcase overnight. The aroma of the herbs will help relieve congestion.
For muscle aches and pains, mix ten to fifteen drops of the eucalytus oil and two oz. of sweet almond (or grapeseed oil). Massage into muscles in a circular motion.
Take care with using too much of eucalpytus oil. It can potentially irratate the skin, so e sure to use the exact amount specified with recipes. Combing eucalytus oil with massage oil reduces the chance of irratation. Keep eucalyptus oil away from children under the age of six. Do not use on sun burn skin or wide open wounds.