Benefits and Uses
• Treats skin infections
• Aids respiratory ailments
• Antibacterial and antiseptic qualities
• Helps relieve stress and pain
In addition to its effects as deodorant, insecticidal and strong astringent properties, eucalyptus essential oil has a clear benefit to emotional well-being, mental clarity and helps increase focus. Furthermore, eucalyptus essential oil is also commonly used to relieve muscle aches and pains and to fight migraine headaches.
Origin and Composition
Eucalyptus was once used by ancient peoples to cover scrapes, bruises and serious wounds. Originally found primarily in Australia, the eucalyptus essential oil is extracted via steam distillation from the leaves and young twigs of this extremely tall, hardwood tree. Eucalyptus oil is fondly known as bloekom olie and is used widely in South Africa.
Eucalyptus essential oil has vast and wide-ranging uses, including as a cure-all for fungal, respiratory and viral infections among many others. The oil is mostly pale yellow in color and watery in viscosity with a fairly sharp, distinctive and fresh aroma that is slightly sweet and reminiscent of camphor.
For aromatherapy use. Also as a room freshener, deodorizer, purifier or in a mist or topical solution (with dilution) as a method of repelling mosquitoes.
Eucalyptus essential oil is great when combined with benzoin, lavender, lemongrass, lemon and pine.