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.