The History & Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Most people have come across Eucalyptus globulus at some point in their life. It’s one of the main ingredients found in over-the-counter chest rubs and pain relieving creams (also happens to be in our Ailments Joint Cream). We also know about the koala, right?
What we may not know, however, is that Eucalyptus has had a long history of use and a wealth of benefits to match. Let's explore...
First off, there are over 700 different type species of the Eucalyptus globulus tree. They’ve been known to reach heights as high as 480 feet but can be mostly found as mid-sized shrubs. This fast-growing, water-loving gum tree—as it is often referred—is native to the southern hemisphere, found mostly in Tasmania and Australia but have been transplanted nearly all over the world.
Some common names for Eucalytus globulus trees are fever tree, Sydney peppermint, and stringy bark tree.
The Aborigines of Australia were the first to cultivate this plant to heal ailments, nourish their bodies, and recover from injury. Let’s get into a few of its uses.
Benefits & Use
Eucalyptus is well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic benefits.
The leaves can be used as a tea to aid in removing excess mucous from respiratory tracts, thus relieving bronchial spasms and other respiratory ailments. When not being used as a tea, the fresh, to partially dried, leaves of the Eucalyptus Globulus tree can be distilled to produce essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil is described as having a strong, woody, crisp aroma. As many of you have probably experienced, Eucalyptus's very crisp, minty aroma seems to open the airways and relieve congestion during a cold with seemingly one whiff.
Because of its antibacterial properties, I personally like to diffuse this oil all over the house during cold and flu season to cleanse the air. No wonder it’s been said to rejuvenate “the spirits of the sick”.
When Eucalyptus oil is inhaled, it is said to act as a vasodilator because its properties trigger a reaction that allows more blood to flow freely by relaxing the blood vessels. This may be why many believe it aids in the relief of mental exhaustion. More blood to the brain increases brain wave activity, which in return can create less sluggish thought. This remarkable oil is popular among college students because it helps to spark their attention and get their brains focused.
We infuse our Motivational Mint Bar Soap with Eucalyptus to assist in bringing the power of focus to your day.
While in most cases, Eucalyptus essential oil is perfectly safe to use, it is advised to avoid direct contact with the soft, mucous membranes of the body such as the genitalia, nose and mouth. Diluted with a carrier oil or water is best in those applications. It is also advised to avoid open flame, avoid contact with the eyes and never take internally.
• The prime source of Eucalyptus oil in the world today still comes from Australia.
• Koalas sleep up to 22 hours a day.
• It’s a misconception that Koalas get high off of eucalyptus leaves. ;)
Nefertem Products Infused with Eucalyptus
Motivational Mint Soap with Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Rosemary
Ailments Herbal Joint Cream with Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Yarrow, White Willow Bark, Lavender, and German Chamomile.