20 Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1. Silence a cough
For many years, eucalyptus oil has been used to relieve coughing. Today, some over-the-counter cough medications have eucalyptus oil as one of their active ingredients. The popular rub is applied to the chest and throat to relieve cough symptoms from the common cold or flu.
2. Clear your chest
Are you coughing but nothing is coming up? Eucalyptus oil can not only silence a cough, it can also help you get the mucus out of your chest.
Inhaling vapor made with the essential oil can loosen mucus so that when you do cough, it’s expelled. Using a rub containing eucalyptus oil will produce the same effect.
3. Keep the bugs away
Mosquitoes and other biting insects carry diseases that can be dangerous to our health. Avoiding their bites is our best defense.
As an effective alternative please use oil of lemon eucalyptus to keep the pests away.
4. Disinfect wounds
The Australian aborigines used eucalyptus leaves to treat wounds and prevent infection. Today the diluted oil may still be used on the skin to fight inflammation and promote healing. You can purchase creams or ointments that contain eucalyptus oil. These products may be used on minor burns or other injuries that can be treated at home.
5. Breathe easy
Respiratory conditions such as asthma and sinusitis may be helped by inhaling steam with added eucalyptus oil. The oil reacts with mucous membranes, not only reducing mucus but helping loosen it so that you can cough it up.
It’s also possible that eucalyptus blocks asthma symptoms. On the other hand, for people who are allergic to eucalyptus, it may worsen their asthma. More research is needed to determine how eucalyptus affects people with asthma.
6. Control blood sugar
Eucalyptus oil has potential as a treatment for diabetes. Although we don’t know much at this time, experts believe that it may play a role in lowering blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Researchers haven’t yet figured out how the essential oil works. However, until more is known, the scientific community recommends careful blood sugar monitoring for people using diabetes medication with eucalyptus oil.
7. Soothe cold sores
The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus can ease symptoms of herpes. Applying eucalyptus oil to a cold sore may reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
8. Freshen breath
Mint isn’t the only weapon against stinky breath. Because of its antibacterial properties, eucalyptus oil can be used to fight the germs that cause unfortunate mouth odor. Some mouthwashes and toothpastes contain the essential oil as an active ingredient.
It’s possible that eucalyptus products may also help prevent plaque buildup on the teeth and gums by attacking the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
9. Ease joint pain
Research suggests that eucalyptus oil eases joint pain. In fact, many popular over-the- counter creams and ointments used to soothe pain from conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis contain this essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil helps to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions. It may also be helpful to people experiencing back pain or those recovering from a joint or muscle injury. Talk to your doctor about if it may be right for you.
10. Bathroom Cleaner
Eucalyptus essential oil is a great germ killer, so I like to use it to clean bathroom. I use it in a spray bottle to clean the sink and around toilet and use it with baking soda and vinegar to clean the toilet bowl.
11. Sinus Infection
Sinus infections are no fun and it’s best to get rid of them as soon as possible. After a few uses, there’s a noticeable difference in how well I breathe and how stuffed up head feels.
12. Air Freshener
Eucalyptus essential oil is one of favorite oils to put in diffuser. I often run our diffuser in our bus and like eucalyptus because it smells great and kills bacteria and viruses that might make us sick.
13. Airway Opener
Here’s another great way to use eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser. Eucalyptus is great at decongesting and opening airways, so I like to put it in diffuser when stuffy from a cold or allergies. Running the diffuser at night with eucalyptus also helps a certain someone.
14. Shower Cleaner
Team up tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil to make a mold-killing spray for your shower. Add 5 drops of each to a spray bottle full of water (typically use a 16 oz. glass spray bottle) and spray down your shower after each use.
15. Vacuum Sachets
Here’s another great way to use eucalyptus essential oil as an air freshener: vacuum it up! Mix 3-4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil with one cup of baking soda, sprinkle it on your carpets and then vacuum. Or, you can try our vacuum sachets.
16. Flea Control
Want to keep fleas away from your pet naturally? Try eucalyptus essential oil. Mix 3-4 drops into your pet’s shampoo or make your own flea collar.
17. Steam Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is an excellent way to get rid of a stubborn headache. Some essential oils can be applied topically to make a headache go away, but with eucalyptus essential oil, try creating steam that you can inhale. This is especially helpful if your headache is caused by sinus issues.
18. Natural Sunscreen
Eucalyptus oil has a very low natural SPF. While you might not use it by itself to offer protection from UV rays, you could always add it to your own homemade sunscreen.
19. Insect Repellent
Many bugs are not fond of eucalyptus, so add it to a homemade insect repellent to ward them off during summer months. You can use it by itself or combine it with other bug-repelling essential oils, like lavender.
20. Floor Cleaner
Keeping your floors clean can be done simply with hot water and eucalyptus essential oil. For wood floors, fill a spray bottle with hot water and add 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Spray and clean. For other floors, add 15 drops to a gallon of hot water and mop away.