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Eucalyptus Oil - Eucalyptus Globulus

EUCALYPTUS OIL (also known as Eucalyptus Globulus)

I would assume that all Australians are aware of the Eucalyptus Tree (and possibly many more people around the world). It is a tree that is symonomous with Koalas but the essential oil extracted from this plant is another household name for many families.

Eucalyptus is a refreshing and energising oil. It is used primarily for its anti-septic qualities but it is known to have anti-viral qualities as well. Most people find that eucalyptus oil (like tea tree oil) has a medicinal scent. It is often associated with throat lozenges and decongestants. It is also a common deodorant ingredient and ideal for household cleaning. I use it in my washing, adding it to each load with the usual washing liquid. I especially like to use it for soaking heavily soiled clothes. It can irritate the skin so it needs to be used with caution.

I also like to burn this essential oil in an oil burner during the winter months or when anyone in the household is feeling a bit under the weather. It is a strong oil and can overpower a blend. It combines well though with other woody or citrus based oils.

Eucalyptus can be effective against coughs and colds, helping sore throats, bronchitis and sinusitis. It can aid skin infections, such as ulcers and sores if diluted and used topically. This is another essential oil that I like to keep handy - either in the laundry, cleaning cupboard or first aid kit.

Eucalyptus essential oil can come in quite a few different varieties (as there are approximately 800 species of this tree in the Asutralian wilderness). Some share common cautions while others stand alone. Not all eucalyptus varieties are good for use with children or the elderly so please be careful when choosing your product.

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