Few Ways In Which Eucalyptus Oil Can Be Used For Wellbeing
By: Pinki Mon, 06 July 2020 10:04 AM
Eucalyptus oil is also known as Nilgiri Oil and has a wide array of beneficial uses. It has analgesic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal and expectorant properties. Which is why it has been deemed to be extremely useful for centuries across many parts of the world.
Following are a few ways in which eucalyptus oil can be used for our day to day beauty and wellbeing. Always remember that pure Eucalyptus oil is a highly concentrated form, so it is always hugely diluted before use, in a suitable carrier oil like coconut oil or almond oil. Typically 1-2% dilution is recommended for regular topical use. Dilution can be a bit higher for home diffusion and other uses which are not regularly topical on the skin.
* Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Eucalyptus oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which is why it can be used to provide relief from inflammation and pain. Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which is why it can help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with joint pain and arthritis.
- Use your fingers to gently massage diluted eucalyptus oil on the affected areas.
- Eucalyptus oil will help relieve muscle pain, soreness and swelling and joint pains.
* Relieves Cough
The reasons and methods of using eucalyptus oil for a cough are simple. It is a natural expectorant and hence helps to relieve a cough.
- Use eucalyptus oil along with peppermint and bergamot oil in a boiling pot of water to produce steam.
- Inhaling the steam containing eucalyptus oil vapours will help you open up your respiratory passages facilitating easy breathing.
- Eucalyptus oil also acts against microbes and viruses causing cough hence treating the underlying problem.
* Aids Wound Care
Eucalyptus oil acts as a natural antiseptic and promotes healing of small cuts, wounds, insect bites, sores, etc. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties and hence can prevent wounds from getting infected which is one of the main reasons why it was traditionally used as a healing ointment.
- Use your fingers to gently rub a few drops of eucalyptus oil, diluted in a suitable carrier oil, on the affected area. Do not apply it while the wound is open.
* Repels Rats and Mosquitoes
Due to its insecticidal properties not only does eucalyptus oil act as a natural insect repellent but it can also repel rodents like rats from your home. The aroma of eucalyptus oil is known to repel mosquitoes away.
- Fill a spray bottle with about 20 drops of eucalyptus oil and water.
- Spray this mixture onto rat prone areas like small openings and the corners of your kitchen.
* Fights Infections
Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties which are why it can be used either with aromatherapy or topically to fight off microbes like bacteria and viruses which can make you sick.
- Mix eucalyptus oil with clove, lemon, cinnamon and rosemary essential oils.
- Use an essential oil diffuser to diffuse a few drops of this mixture to help you boost your immune system and fight off infections.
* Improves Respiratory Conditions
Eucalyptus oil has been traditionally used to treat a wide range of respiratory conditions including upper respiratory infections, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, the common cold, cough and sneezing. Eucalyptus essential oil also helps you breathe easier when your nose is congested.
- Add 1 to 2 drops of eucalyptus oil in boiling water.
- Place a towel over this boiling water and inhale the steam containing the beneficial fumes of eucalyptus essential oil for about 5 to 10 mins.