From Coughing To Cleaning – Eucalyptus Oil Has It Covered
The ever popular eucalyptus oil is known for its refreshing scent. It is also handy to have around the house since this versatile oil can serve in many ways. While native to Australia, there are hundreds of varieties of the eucalyptus tree. Some of these trees thrive in hot, dry environments, while others do well even in freezing temperatures. Today, these trees may be found all over the world providing this wonderful essential oil. This tree is also useful in other ways. It provides timber, windbreaks and cover, and nectar for bees.
The oil is derived from the leaves of certain varieties of eucalyptus trees. Some trees do not yield enough to produce oil, while the oil of others does not have many medicinal qualities.
The oil contains both pest deterrents and natural disinfectants. The primary active ingredient is eucalyptol, also known as cineole which is what gives the oil its distinct taste and aroma. When choosing an oil, it is important to note the concentration of cineole. The higher grade oils will contain more cineole and no camphor. There are many ways to use this oil, both personally and around the home.
This essential oil has been used for years to help silence coughing. Many of today’s commercial cough medications contain this oil as a suppressant. It is also good for helping eliminate mucus from the chest. It can be heated and the vapor helps to loosen chest mucus.
Another use for this oil is as a bug deterrent. Either spray or rub on the oil to help deter mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. The diluted oil is also good at helping fight inflammation in a wound and promoting healing. It also helps ease the sting of minor burns.
Those suffering from respiratory conditions such as sinusitis and asthma may find relief by inhaling steam with this oil added. The oil helps loosen mucus so it can be coughed up. One newer discovery is that this oil may be useful as a diabetes treatment. Early research indicates it can help lower blood sugar in diabetics. It is also useful in treating cold sores, relieving pain and helping the sore to heal. The oil may also be used to treat athletes foot. Simply soak the infected foot in a mixture of one part vinegar and three parts water. Dry and then apply the oil directly on the infected area. It works as a fungicide, helping to clear up any infection.
Other uses of this oil include removing stains from clothes and removing waxy residue. It is also useful in removing odors from the laundry. Simply add a few drops to the machine and then wash as normal. This oil can be used as a natural cleaning agent. Simply mix with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to create a very effective non-toxic bathroom cleaner. It not only cleans but will also disinfect everything from tub to toilet.
Eucalyptus oil is one of nature’s best helpers. Use it to help with minor coughs and congestion and then use it to help clean and deodorize your home. It is one of the most helpful essential oils there is.