Essential oil produced from the blue gum eucalyptus tree is well recognized for it’s therapeutic properties. It’s an antibacterial, antiviral, and deodorant. It clears mucus from the lungs (it’s used in most vapor rubs), and, when applied directly (carefully) to the skin, can relieve rheumatic, arthritic, and other types of pain.
Typically, eucalyptus oils are extracted from leaves and diluted for application directly to the skin or to be inhaled.
Eucalyptus oil should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin full-strength. It must be diluted for safety. The diluted oil is taken by mouth for pain and swelling (inflammation) of respiratory tract mucous membranes, coughs, bronchitis, sinus pain and inflammation, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and respiratory infections.
It is also used as an expectorant to loosen coughs, antiseptic, fever reducer, and in vaporizer fluids. Other uses include treatment of wounds, burns, ulcers, and cancer.
Eucalyptus is also a natural insect repellant.
As trained massage therapists, we use eucalyptus and other essential oils routinely to extend and enhance the massage experience. It’s perfect as an aromatherapy tool to help clear your head before or after a session. We also sell the carefully selected, locally produced, pure eucalyptus essential oil at our clinic – along with a terrific ultrasonic aromatherapy mister that can add light eucalyptus (or other) scents to up to 5 rooms.
Next time you’re in for a visit, ask us to tell you more!