The nature has provided us with many wonderful resources with which we can get a lot of health benefits while having no side effects. An excellent example of this is eucalyptus tree. This evergreen tree is also known as Tasmanian Blue Gum and is native to Australia, believed to be the main food source for the koala bear there. Eucalyptus tree does not only provide nutritional support to wildlife, but also has tremendous health benefits for humans, especially in the form of the essential oil secreted from its leaves. Earth’s Wisdom would like to throw light on some of the benefits of this amazing tree.
1. Relief from Cold and Flu
The primary use of eucalyptus oil known almost to everyone is for relieving cough, cold and flu. It offers this benefit due to its expectorant property. It’s also a good cleanser and clears toxins and harmful microbes from your body. Just inhaling eucalyptus oil offers relief from cold. And rubbing it on forehead and chest rids you from flu. If your airways and sinuses are choked up with cough, it’s a good idea to take a steam of hot water with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it.
2. For Strength of Hair
You will be surprised to know that eucalyptus oil can nourish and moisturize your hair. Just add a few drops of it to olive or coconut oil and apply to your hair. This also clears dandruff and relieves itching. Eucalyptus oil is also a great alternative for chemical lice treatments.
3. Hand Cleaner
You can use eucalyptus oil as an excellent hand cleaner, because it easily removes oiliness, grime and grease. Mixing it into bath salt and rubbing on hands is also great for rejuvenating sore hands and feet.
4. For Relieving Migraine and Other Pains
If you are suffering from migraine or any other type of headache and popping pills, leave the risky medications and use eucalyptus oil instead. Add a few drops of the oil to a bowl of cold water, soak a washcloth in it, squeeze and use it on your forehead to cool yourself down, just like a regular cold washcloth.
Additionally, eucalyptus oil can be used effectively for other types of pains too. Many pain relieving creams and balms contain eucalyptus oil. For example, a homemade pain relieving cream has eucalyptus oil, coconut oil, beeswax and menthol crystals in it.
5. For Boosting Immunity
You can stop the attack of cold with the help of eucalyptus oil because this oil boosts your immunity. The method for this involves delivering the vapor of the oil into your body by inhaling it into lungs. You should add the oil to a mixture of rosemary, lemon, clove and cinnamon bark.
6. Healing Wounds
Basically the medicinal properties of eucalyptus tree were discovered through an incident of wound healing. An early English settler in Australia got his thumb cut by an axe. His father, knowledgeable about aboriginal herbal medicines, advised him to tie a bandage of eucalyptus leaves around the wound. A surgeon was wonder struck to see that the wound healed so fast and without any infection. And then eucalyptus oil was started being produced commercially for medicinal purposes. The oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that can heal wounds, cuts, burns, sores, scrapes and abrasions. It’s also effective on bug bites and stings. As it protects the wound from infection, healing becomes faster.
7. Aromatherapy with Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil being an aromatic essential oil, you can use it for aromatherapy. Use an air diffuser or just any object hanging in the room, the position and angle of which can help produce the aroma and disperse it in the room. This greatly boosts your concentration and increases energy levels. What’s more, it also acts as an anti-depressant and mood-enhancer.
Eucalyptus oil can be used in a number of other ways such as odor remover, air cleanser, spot remover and many more. Make use of it to make your life easy.
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