Originally, towns used eucalyptus oil converted into a gas for lighting their shops, hotels, and homes. Little did the people know that they had unearthed some powerful aromatherapy benefits too! While people no longer use eucalyptus oil to light their homes they still use it in other ways. Here are 7 interesting uses and benefits of eucalyptus essential oil.
1. Scalp Tonic
Use a few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed into olive or coconut oil to refresh and cleanse your scalp. The eucalyptus will relieve the dandruff and itchy skin while the carriers will moisturize.
2. Odor Control
After spending a long day outside in the summer sun, it is only natural that your clothes will smell of sweat. Run your stinky shoes and clothes through your dryer using a rag soaked in water and a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Stick the rag deep into the shoe to help prevent odors and keep the shape intact.
3. Stain Removal
In case you have stained fabrics use eucalyptus oil for removal. The important thing is to ensure that the oil is compatible with your blend of fabric.
4. Essential Filters
Put a few drops of eucalyptus into your home’s air filter to help in circulating fresh and rejuvenating scents to the entire house.
5. Powerful Cleaning Agent
If you love the scent of eucalyptus, you probably include it in your cleaning recipes already. What you may not be aware of is that it is a highly effective antimicrobial that helps to clear surfaces of potential illness causing pathogens. Add eucalyptus oil if you are making a cleaner of any sort.
6. Feet & Hands Cleanser
Grease simply cannot stand up to eucalyptus thus making a strong case for including it in cleaning recipes. If you are up for an amazing experience, include eucalyptus oil in your soak for your feet or hands.
7. Purifier & Expectorant
If you have a flu or cold, you probably feel as if your head will burst open if you are unable to expel mucus. Eucalyptus is very effective as an expectorant to ease your discomfort. In addition, it can help rid the body of threats and toxins that make it all seem worse.
Put several drops of eucalyptus oil into your diffuser while you sleep at night to help improve your sleep and breathing. If you are up for a more powerful application, put 10 drops into hot water and then lean over the steam with a towel ‘tented’ around the head. To enjoy the relief, breathe deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.
Humanity has been using and enjoying the benefits of eucalyptus essential oil for a long time and will probably continue doing so. The 7 uses and benefits discussed above are some of the important ones. It is safe for use around pets and children as long as you follow common sense. For safety, keep it out of wounds and eyes and always ensure that you dilute it properly.