Eucalyptus Oil 101 – Top Benefits And Uses

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Eucalyptus Oil 101 – Top Benefits And Uses

Eucalyptus oil is mainly extracted from leaves of the eucalyptus tree through steam distillation. There are roughly 700 varieties of eucalyptus trees known to man. A good chunk of these trees grow like shrubs. Depending on your location in the world, the eucalyptus tree is also referred to as blue gum tree, fever tree, stringy bark tree and more. 

Eucalyptus tree varieties have similar aromas that border on woody to camphoraceous scents. There are aromatic hints of lemon and peppermint to eucalyptus as well. Eucalyptus has been used for centuries for innumerable medicinal benefits. Aboriginal populations of Australia are believed to have used eucalyptus or ‘kino’ (as they called it) first. 

The natives used these leaves to heal wounds, keep fevers away, soothe pain and many more. As alluded to above, some communities called eucalyptus the ‘fever tree’ for its notable fever-alleviating benefits. Eucalyptus oil was first distilled in Australia; however, this oil is widely produced across the globe in places like China, Greece, Europe, Brazil among others. In Afrikaans, eucalyptus oil is fondly known as bloekom olie and is used widely in South Africa.

Top Benefits/Uses Of Eucalyptus Oil

This oil has a number of active chemical components responsible for health/wellness benefits therein. Among others, constituents of eucalyptus oil include eucalyptol, sabinene, camphene, limonene, camphor, globulol, citronellal and pinene. Some of these active ingredients are anti fungal, antibacterial and anti inflammatory. Other elements are analgesic, antispasmodic, antiviral and antitussive. Pinene in particular is a component that is antiseptic, expectorant and a bronchodilator. Overall, this oil is warming, cooling, absorbent, regenerative, anticonvulsant, anesthetic, decongestant and antimicrobial.  

Common Applications

  • Eucalyptus Oil For Aromatherapy

The warm cooling aroma of eucalyptus oil when inhaled increases blood circulation to the brain. Consequently, it unburdens the mind and relieves stress and fatigue. When you are feeling groggy, a burst of this oil will rejuvenate your mind and inject massive energy into your mood. Diffusing this oil also clears sinus congestion and restores normal breathing. In addition, eucalyptus is a purifying oil that kills harmful microbes in the air.

  • Eucalyptus Oil For Healthy Hair

Apart from being a hydrating oil to hair and scalp, eucalyptus oil can eliminate head lice. Say goodbye to dandruff and restore dull hair using this natural oil. Topically, the oil restores irritated skin, treats wounds and promotes fast healing while keeping infection at bay. If you have sore muscles or stiff joints, a warm eucalyptus oil bath is highly beneficial.

  • Eucalyptus Oil As A Household Cleaner

If you are looking for a green way to deal with grime and grease in your kitchen, this oil is ideal. It can easily be incorporated into soaps, sprays and detergents for a sparkling home. From freshening fabrics, to deodorizing shoes and cleansing surfaces, this oil is multipurpose in the home.  

Using Eucalyptus Oil Safely

Just like all other essential oils, eucalyptus should never be ingested. When using topically, make sure to dilute properly with a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond. Always store away from children and pets. Pregnant women and very young children should avoid using this oil.

Where To Get Eucalyptus Oil

Always buy 100% pure and organic eucalyptus essential oil. Avoid poor quality oils by shopping from trusted dealers. If you don’t know where to begin, Organic Aromas South Africa has your back. Get a variety of world-class essential oils and nebulizing diffusers at the best market price. This is the sure way to enjoy all the wonderful benefits of eucalyptus oil discussed above.

Have you used this essential oil before?  Please share your experience with us – we always love to hear from you!
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21 thoughts on “Eucalyptus Oil 101 – Top Benefits And Uses

  1. Eben says:

    I am a huge essential oil fan especially Eucalyptus. I use it in my Nebulizing Diffuser when I have a stuffy nose or when I feel a cold wants to stick it’s neck out. 10 Minutes later, my sinuses are clear and I feel much better 🙂

  2. Melissa says:

    I am a huge fan of essential oils and believe they are a wonderful addition to our natural living and healing


    Hubby and I have gone through a really bad couple of weeks with different viruses AND given up smoking in the process. I suffer terribly with sinus and hubby with sore throat. The Nebulizing Diffuser will aid us both all year round

  4. @anna_skinglo says:

    Sounds amazing! I’ve been battling with serious sinus related problems and congestion and the Eucalyptus Oil really sounds amazing. I had no idea that it could be used for so many things. Great post and informative read.

  5. Shirley van Staden says:

    I knew that Eucalyptus Oil has many health and healing properties, but I never knew it could be used for cleaning!

  6. Maxine king says:

    I absolutely love essential oils and eucalyptus is one of my favourite it has soooo many uses and properties just having it in the are in our home makes us feel soooooo relaxed,stress free and keeps the runny noses at bay with the kids they also sleep so peacefully and wake up soooo happy

  7. Janet Greyling says:

    Interesting read!
    The world will be a better and healthier place if we all use nature’s cure for our aches and pains.

  8. Lindy Koch says:

    I just started my essential oil journey and it is so interesting to learn more about all the uses of eucalyptus.

  9. Chalene says:

    I use Eucalyptus oil in my bath water and it sure helps to open up my nose 👃 when it is blocked or I feel under the weather. It also give the house that fresh smell.

  10. Doreen de Klerk says:

    Eucalyptus oil’s active ingredients are anti fungal, antibacterial and anti inflammatory. Other elements are analgesic, antispasmodic, antiviral and antitussive. This makes it such a versatile product to treat any kind of ailment! It smells amazing to!

  11. Lana says:

    Amazed that there’s over 700 different species of eucalyptus. Love the fact that it has anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Natural remedy in a bottle. Not just purifies the air but heals too.

  12. Hazel says:

    Wow, i had absolutely no idea that i can use eucalyptus oil for cleaning and refreshing fabrics and a shoe deodorizer. M definitely going to try it, and love the smell of eucalyptus.

  13. Valancia says:

    I always make sure I have eucalyptus oil in the house. It has so many functions. Absolutely love it.

  14. Amina Gamiet says:

    Never knew Eucalyptus oil could be used for hair! I normally just use it in my diffuser, especially for stuffy noses and tight chests!

  15. Yuvetha says:

    Eucalyptus oil has so many benefits. I usually Breathe in a diluted version to relive brain fog and giddyness, it truly works!

  16. Bella says:

    I believe essential oils is a healthy lifestyle, it has so many benefits to the body and can cure almost any problem that gets in your way from mental to physical.

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