Eucalyptus Essential Oil - Benefits and Uses | Featured Oil of the Week
If you are looking for an essential oil that covers a lot of bases, then consider eucalyptus essential oil. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it a great ingredient to add to your cleaning products to kill germs and help ward off illness. Because of its germ killing abilities and powerful fresh scent it is also a nice additive for personal care products. And if you are fighting off illness or just trying to add an enlivening scent to your home, there is no better choice for your diffuser than a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
Check out some of the specific uses of eucalyptus essential oil below.
House Hold Cleanser
Because of it's antiseptic properties, eucalyptus oil makes a wonderful house hold cleanser. Add five drops each of eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil to a 16 ounce spray bottle full of water. Use it to clean general bathroom surfaces or spray down the shower after every use. Combine a mixture of one cup white vinegar to half a teaspoon eucalyptus oil and spray the inside of your toilet. Let it sit for a few minutes and then sprinkle baking soda for a mild abrasive. Then scrub.
- If your pet is having flea problems, try mixing three or four drops of eucalyptus essential oil with his shampoo before his next bath. Not only will he smell better but the eucalyptus oil will help to naturally keep the fleas away.
- Eucalyptus oil is not only an effective insect repellent for your pet. If you want to avoid mosquito bites, combine two and a half tablespoons of vodka with two tablespoons of a carrier oil like grape seed or almond and 100 drops of eucalyptus oil. Or if you prefer you can divide the 100 drops of essential oil between eucalyptus and lavender for a more complex aroma as both will repel insects.
- Eucalyptus oil is also useful keeping household insects away. Take several cotton balls, places a few drops of oil on each and then place them strategically through out your home to deter unwanted insects from your house.
- For stuffiness in the head and chest add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a diffuser or water in a humidifier to help ease breathing and reduce congestion.
- The scent of eucalyptus has been reported to have similar effects to peppermint in aiding with memory, alertness and concentration. You can add it to a diffuser, spray it on clothing or put a few drops on a cotton ball and keep it near by to help stay mentally alert while working or studying.
- Putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a metal or glass bowl filled with boiling hot water and inhaling the steam has been shown to be effective in relieving headaches.
- Another suggestion for relieving headaches includes mixing with your favorite carrier oil and rubbing a drop on each temple.
- For aching muscles, try rubbing a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil mixed with a carrier oil on the muscle in question. The sensation caused by the eucalyptus oil on the skin can help to soothe the muscle.
- Another remedy for aching muscles is to put a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a warm bath. The scent will also help to relax you and enliven your mood.
- Because of its antibacterial properties as well as its enlivening scent, eucalyptus oil makes a nice addition to home made soaps.
- Because essential oils tend to be quite strong, it is best to dilute them or mix them with a carrier oil before using topically.
- Do not use essential oils on small children or pregnant or nursing women without first consulting a physician.