Pharmaceutical companies and their marketing teams have tried for a long time to convince people that drugs are the only way to treat all illnesses and chronic health conditions. The reality is that nature has presented us with plants for every imaginable ailment. Eucalyptus oil is one of the best examples of nature’s healing bounty.
A native plant of Australia, the eucalyptus tree has been used by aboriginal populations for hundreds of years as a medicine. Since the European discovery of eucalyptus in the late 1700s the use of eucalyptus oil has spread across the globe and in recent years scientists have proven a series of health advantages for both the short and long term.
Eucalyptus oil can be used every day and you can rub it on your skin or boil it to breathe in the sweet, relaxing scent. And it’s especially useful in the cooler seasons, when people are more susceptible to coughs and colds, dry, irritated skin, and achey muscles and joints. Here’s why you should keep it handy as soon as those leaves start to change colors.
There is significant scientific evidence to suggest that eucalyptus oil can be used to ease the symptoms of bronchitis and speed up the body’s recovery. Mix a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil with a carrier oil and then rub it on your chest. This allows blood vessels to dilate and provide a greater supply of airflow to your lungs.
Eucalyptus oil can also benefit sufferers of asthma. Daily application has been shown to decongest the lungs and prevent asthma attacks.
Colds and Flu
For decades eucalyptus oil has been used to great effect in the treatment of the common cold and flu. Its decongestive ability that assists sufferers of bronchitis and asthma can also help open up blocked sinuses. Instead of rubbing the oil on your chest, place it in a bowl of boiling water and breathe in the fumes whilst covering your head with a towel. Do this for ten minutes to feel the full benefits.
It has been discovered that the oil has a variety of antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties. By breathing in eucalyptus fumes you can clear your sinuses and at the same time take in molecules that strengthen your body’s ability to fight off infection.
The same antibacterial and antiviral properties in eucalyptus oil that help fight off the flu, also protect your body against skin infections. Whenever you suffer a cut, scrape or insect bite rubbing the oil (along with a carrier oil) on the affected area lessens the risk of infection, acts as a natural pain relief and even speeds up the healing process!
If you already have a skin infection, you can still apply to your skin alongside a prescribed antibiotic. The healing process is accelerated by the application of oil on the skin and the desire to itch (which can reopen the wound) is reduced.
To help moisturize dry skin, try mixing 3-5 drops of eucalyptus oil with 1 tablespoon of either jojoba oil, almond oil, or even olive oil and massage into your skin twice daily.
To nourish a dry, itchy scalp, mix 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, and cups of water and keep in a spray bottle. Part your hair and spray directly on your scalp, allowing it to sit for 5-10 minutes before washing with shampoo and conditioner as usual.
Muscle and Joint Pain
Eucalyptus oil has a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body when applied to the skin, which allows your body to fight off swelling. Swelling is one of the primary causes of muscle and joint pain so the application of the oil to the painful area can make a huge difference to your daily life if you have chronic pain issues.
Mix 8-10 drops of eucalyptus oil with 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil, warm it up by rubbing your hands together, then massage onto painful areas. Follow up by covering your joints with a warm towel and relaxing before rinsing it off (or do this just before bed and leave it on for the night).
All of the nutrients our bodies need can be found in the spectacular bounty of the natural world. Too many of us are too quick to blindly fill our bodies with unknown chemicals in the form of little pills that have been mass manufactured and mass marketed. Eucalyptus oil is one of many naturally occurring ‘products’ that can keep you in good health without having to darken the door of your pharmacy. So, go out and pick some up for yourself! Allow the intoxicating scent to be a sign of your body’s health and vitality.