Eucalyptus

eucalyptusHistorical Background:

Eucalyptus is native to Australia.  It is a tall evergreen tree.  The native Aborigines used the oil for gastro-intestinal problems, anti-septic uses, and for pain.  Europeans first arriving to the continent in the 18th century likened it to peppermint, due to its peppermint-like smell.   Eventually the oil was exported to Europe where it gained attention as an effective decongestant.  Eucalyptus oil is extracted from young twigs and leaves.

Modern Day Usage:

Eucalyptus is a must have for colds and sinus infections.  It is a powerful decongestant.  It also serves as a mild pain reliever; soothing sore/tired muscles.  Additionally, it is a powerful antiviral with immune boosting properties.  For children too young to take decongestants it works wonders!

My favorite way to use Eucalyptus with my children is with a Eucalyptus bath.  Put 8-10 drops of it in a warm bath.  Allow the child to soak in the bath for about 20 minutes.  You can add lavender or tea tree oil, for additional calming and anti-bacterial properties.  An adult with a cold can benefit from a Eucalyptus bath as well.

Put 3-4 drops of Eucalyptus in dime sized amount of coconut oil in the palm of your hand.  Rub together and rub into your child’s chest and back.

Eucalyptus also works well diffused through out the house.  Put it in a diffuser or humidifier at night for a sick child or adult.

My favorite oils to blend with it are: lavender, tea tree and grapefruit.

Never put oils directly on the skin of young children, use a carrier oil such as coconut oil.  Never directly ingest essential oils.  Diffusion with a diffuser or humidifier and immersion in the bath are the best way to benefit from your oils.  Remember less is more with oils!

 

Sources:

Shealy, Norman C. “Eucalyptus” The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies. Harper Collins (2002) p. 159

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