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.
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.