Monday, February 22, 2010

The myriad benefits of eucalyptus essential oil

I referenced the benefits of eucalyptus oil for pregnant women in a recent post, but at the time was not aware of how really wonderful this oil is for a myriad of conditions for all of us.

The healing properties of eucalyptus oil make it effective for treating colds, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, joint pian, back pain, muscle pain/cramping, swelling and inflammation. Who knew?

A twenty minute eucalyptus oil bath taps into the unique blend of volatile oils that provide the healing benefits: camphene, eucalyptol, and pinene. If you find yourself ending the day with a variety of aches and pains, opt for one of these soothing baths before reaching for the painkillers. The analgesic, anti-imflammatory, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties will ease the pains in no time.

Feeling feverish? Congested? Coughing? A warm (not hot) eucalyptus oil bath will act as a fever reducer, decongestant, and expectorant. If you ever read the ingredients on your chest rub meds, you'll see cineole listed as the primary active ingredient. Cineole is just another name for eucalyptus oil and it's used to reduce inflammation and the production of mucous in asthmatics and others suffering from respiratory infections. Blending a little thyme and lemongrass essential oil will make the bath even more therapeutic for breathing issues.

In need of a pick-me-up? You guessed it -- hop into a eucalyptus oil bath for a stimulating and reviving experience.

Eucalyptus oil also has antibacterial properties and is a disinfectant, so it works well in keeping fungus and bacteria at bay while making it difficult for microbes to survive and wage an attack on your body.

To make your regular soak in the tub therapeutic, simply add eight to ten drops of the essential oil to the water.

Okay, so before you ask, eucalyptus oil should not be used with babies under two months of age. For babies and toddlers older than that, using Eucalyptus Smithii essential oil is recommended. This oil comes from South Africa (whereas most of the other eucalyptus oils come from Australia) and is the mildest eucalyptus oil available. If you are adding the oil to a bath for your little ones, use a carrier for the oil, such as sweet almond oil or whole milk, and only use three to four drops. Another option in place of bathing your child in a eucalyptus oil bath is to put a pan of boiling water with three drops of the oil added to it, under the crib. Your baby will benefit from breathing in the vapors produced.

With the effects this winter is having on my body, I'm heading out this afternoon in search of some of this miracle oil. Can't wait to climb into a fragrant, healing bath tonight!

Keeping it green and healthy,


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