The active chemical component of eucalyptus oil is cineole, a colorless, oily, slightly water-soluble liquid having a camphor-like odor that gives versatile essential oils its refreshing scent. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), cineole can help clear air of bacteria and other microbes. It also helps to clear airways and is a natural cough suppressant. Additionally, in a 2009 study researches found that cineole is an affective and safe treatment for sinusitis.
To further prove the point, an article by New Directions published on May 19, 2017 found many health benefits from eucalyptus oil, purifies, cleanses and boosts immune system, an oil that its ideal to use on skin and aromatherapy. It is known for its ability to reduce or eliminate surface and airborne bacteria and infections upon contact. It facilitates easy breathing, enhances feelings of relaxation, creates a refreshing feeling when used in massages, soothes nervous tension and helps clear the mind, among a variety of other benefits.
Some Eucalyptus uses:
- Decongestant Steam. Fight congestion and headaches with eucalyptus steam. Put leaves into a pot with water and bring it to the boil. With a towel over your head, breathe in the steam for 10-15 minutes for sinus relief. It will work as a decongestant and steam facial.
- Alleviate headaches or migraines: Fight congestion and headaches with eucalyptus steam. Put leaves into a pot with water and bring it to the boil. With a towel over your head, breathe in the steam for 10-15 minutes for sinus relief. It will work as a decongestant and steam facial.
- Spider Repellent. Apparently spiders do not like eucalyptus. If you’d rather not have them in your home, put dried eucalyptus leaves in a small mesh bag and place them in corners where you often find spiders. Personally, I like having spiders about as they help protect my home and my plants from pests.
The uses of eucalyptus essential oil are abundant, and additional applications will continue to increase. This trend toward the natural approach positions essential oils and combinations of natural therapies on the forefront of an ever-increasing recognition, awareness and demand by the general public. Eucalyptus oil and eucalyptus products have become the new best friend of thousands of people and this relationship will continue to expand.