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Eucalyptus

imagesEssential Oil: Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Radiata)
Origin:  Australia, South Africa
Plant Part: steam distilled from leaves and green twigs
Fragrance: sweet and fruity, camphorous
Main Chemical Constituents: a-pinene, b-pinene, a-phellandrene, 1,8-cineole, limonene, terpinen-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitone and globulol.

There are several hundred species of Eucalyptus, but not all are used in aromatherapy and natural medicine.  Even though Eucalyptus is synonymous with Australia, there are now several locations around the world where eucalyptus is produced. Eucalyptus is the wonder oil with many and varied uses, but it is probably most well known for its ability to clean and remove stubborn stains (such as texta) from bench tops and of course its ability to decongest the sinuses.

Eucalyptus is widely used for its anti-bacterial qualities – it is often found in soaps, mouthwashes and cleaning products.  When diffused it starts to kill airborne microbes.

Eucalyptus is a stimulant – it is useful for banishing mental fatigue and waking up the brain.  It blends beautifully with rosemary to form a great blend for work or study.

Physically it is used most often for respiratory ailments.  It boosts immunity, fights infection and is an amazing decongestant.  Even a really blocked nose will clear with euclayptus – put a drop of peppermint and a drop of eucalyptus on your palms, rub together put close to your nose and inhale deeply 2-3 time – the effect is instant relief.  Children can treat themselves with this – its so simple and effective!  The anti-viral qualities of eucalyptus mean that it is wonderful in the diffuser for warding off coughs and colds through winter, especially those chilly nights when all the windows are closed and the fire is on and everyone is cosied up together, sharing all the germs they picked up at school that day!

As Eucalyptus oil  is a decongestant it not only helps clear mucous from the sinuses but helps to break up mucous in the chest and shift it – it is a natural expectorant – very useful for coughs when they have become a wet.  Apply as a rub morning and night for best results.

The other main area eucalyptus is useful for is in relieving painful joints or muscle aches.  It is warming and camphorous and increases blood flow to the area.  It is often found in formulations for sports injuries.

In summer eucalyptus is heralded for repelling insects – blend with other oils for maximum effect.

Eucalyptus blends well with:  peppermint, camphor, lemon, tea trea, lavender, rosemary, niaouli, thyme, lemongrass
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