Finding natural remedies is kind of our thing here at Soap Hope. Whether you suffer from a condition like eczema or want to relieve headaches without medication, we’re pretty convinced there are a variety of treatments available if we just look at the natural world around us.
One of those natural wonders is the eucalyptus tree. Specifically, the essential oil that comes from the eucalyptus plant.
Eucalyptus is a type of flowering shrub, of which there are hundreds of species. Most of those species are native to Australia, with only 15 species existing outside of the Land Down Under.
The leaves of the eucalyptus are typically poisonous to most animals — except the adorable koala bear, of course, whose unusually long intestines help it process the toxins in the leaves. Fun fact: koalas can eat up to THREE POUNDS of eucalyptus leaves in one day.
While the leaves are toxic to most organisms, the oil produced from eucalyptus is safe in lower doses.
In fact, eucalyptus oil can be found in a number of skin care and aromatherapeutic products, because it’s just that useful!
Inflammation Be Gone
We discussed inflammation and its complications in a previous post, and it’s a condition that everyone suffers from at some point. Luckily, the oil from a eucalyptus plant is an analgesic, which means that it’s a pain reliever. When applied, eucalyptus oil has a cooling effect, which helps to reduce symptoms of inflammation like swelling and redness.
Immune System Booster
Eucalyptus oil is capable of preventing and stopping infection — its antimicrobial properties make it effective at killing germs and preventing any further infection.
“When administered, this oil [strengthens] the response of macrophages (the cells that kill infections). Moreover, it also helps the immune cells within the body to produce their own innate protective mechanism,” reports a recent study.
No More Pests
You’ll find eucalyptus oil in a number of insecticides and repellents. Its strong aroma makes eucalyptus oil perfect for keeping insects like mosquitoes and flies at bay. The oil is also frequently used to prevent and kill lice and is an excellent alternative to mainstream lice treatments that are severe and damaging to the hair.
Fresh Breath and Sparkling Smiles
You might find eucalyptus oil in your mouthwash if you read the ingredients. Because of its impressive germicidal qualities, the cineole compound in eucalyptus makes it great at fighting germs and preventing cavities.
Cough and Cold Relief
The next time you’re congested, try a steam inhalation treatment with eucalyptus oil for near-instant relief. “[It’s] due to the antibacterial qualities that wipe out even drug-resistant bacterium from the respiratory tract. Moreover, the vapors of eucalyptus oil act as a powerful decongestant which when inhaled help in relieving the symptoms of bronchitis and a congested nose.”
Mental Clarity and Brain Power
Eucalyptus oil is often used in aromatherapy for stress relief and mental exhaustion. The oil is a stimulant and helps to increase blood flow and circulation when used. Incorporating eucalyptus oil in aromatherapy helps to not only clear nasal passages but helps to increase blood flow and bring more oxygen to the brain.
So the next time you’re sneezing or exhausted, or wanting a natural remedy for pain relief, give eucalyptus a try! What other treatments have you used eucalyptus oil for? Feel free to comment below.