Natural Medicine Cabinet Item#4 Eucalyptus Oil
As you build your all natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet, you now have Lavender, Peppermint, and Tea Tree essential oils, which are 3 of the staples of any aromatherapist. As you have read in the individual posts for those three oils, the list of things that they can do is impressive. No natural medicine cabinet or first aid kit would be complete without our next essential oil: Eucalyptus.
When I think of eucalyptus, I can smell the halls cough drops that were always on hand during cold season when I was growing up. There’s something nostalgic and soothing about the camphorous aroma of eucalyptus essential oil.
Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata are the latin names. Eucalyptus has long been a favorite home remedy in Austrialia. White settlers learned of its many healing properties from the Aboriginies. Passages from old Folk Medicine journals proclaim that eucalyptus was regarded as the country’s “cure all”, along with Tea Tree oil, one would be pretty well set. It was known to heal blisters, burns, scalds, severe lacerations and near amputations, colds, fever, rheumatism, snake bites, dysentery, hay fever, neuralgia, muscle aches and pains, dyptheria, cancer, septicemia, foul wounds, malaria, distemper in dogs, parasitic skin infections, and pertussis. That’s an impressive list of uses!
Eucalyptus comes from Australia, but is now being cultivated in other sub-tropical areas such as Egypt, Algeria, Spain, South Africa, India, and even California.
Properties of Eucalyptus:
Analgesic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic
Cicatrisant (wound closing and formation of new tissue), Deodorant, Depurative, Diuretic, Expectorant, Febrifuge Hypoglycemiant, Rubefacient
Stimulant, Vermifuge, Vulnerary
Uses for Eucalyptus Oil
Asthma, Bronchitis, Burns, Cancer
Catarrh (the inflammation and build up of mucous of nasal area and throat)
Cholera, Colds, Cough, Cystitis, Diabetes
Diarrhea, Diphtheria, Dyspepsia, Emphysema
Fevers, Gall Stones, Gonorrhea, Hemorrhage
Herpes, Influenza, Asthma, Bronchitis
Burns, Cancer, Catarrh (the inflammation and build up of mucous of nasal area and throat)
Cholera, Colds, Cough
Diarrhea, Diphtheria, Dyspepsia,
Emphysema, Fevers, Gall Stones,
Gonorrhea, Hemorrhage, Leucorrhea, Malaria, Measles, Migraines, Nephritis (Acute), Neuralgia, Pediculosis,
Rheumatism, Scarlet fever, Sinusitis
Throat infections, Tuberculosis
Typhoid fever, Ulcers (skin), Wounds
Some practical ways to use Eucalyptus:
Burns: apply ice-cold water for at least 10 minutes, then immediately apply 2 drops of lavender or eucalyptus directly onto the burn. Put 5 drops lavender or eucalyptus on a dry, cold compress and cover the area. Repeat as needed.
Catarrh (fancy way of saying inflammed nasal passages/throat that have mucous buildup) and Colds: In a cold air diffuser, put 4 drops Rosemary, 8 drops peppermint, 4 drops tea tree, 15 drops eucalyptus, 4 drops lemon. Diffuse for 20 minutes at a time.
Make a chest rub: 2 drops tea tree, 2 drops rosemary, 5 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop thyme. Mix in 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil. Rub on chest and back, apply to a tissue to inhale when needed.
Dry cough: mix 2 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops lemon with 2 tablespoons honey. Take 1 teaspoon and dilute in warm tea, or wine. Sip slowly. Massage chest and back with 3 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops thyme mixed with 1 teaspoon coconut oil.
Wet, mucous cough: 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop thyme, 1 drop tea tree. Blend into tablespoon of honey, mix into warm tea or wine and sip slowly.
For food related or viral diarrhea, mix 3 drops peppermint, 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop eucalyptus into 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Message over the whole abdomen area.
Ear ache/ear infection:
1 drop lavender, 1 drop tea tree, 1 drop eucalyptus mixed in 1 tsp coconut oil. Massage around the ear-front and back, and down neck and throat. Apply a warm compress to the cheek and ear area after massage will help ease pain.
2 drops eucalyptus
3 drops peppermint
1 drop tea tree
1 drop lavender. Mix into 1 tsp vodka. Add to a glass of water, swish well, do not swallow.
2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops peppermint. Mix into 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Rub the upper abdominal area.
When you feel it coming on–you know the feeling, the aches, fatigue, chills, just don’t feel right, take a warm bath: Mix 5 drops tea tree, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops thyme, 2 drops eucalyptus into 2 tablespoons of epsom salt. After your bath, message your whole body with 2 drops tea tree and 3 drops eucalyptus that have been mixed into 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Then go to bed. In your bedroom, use your cold-air diffuser and diffuse the cold and cough mixture, but add 2 drops of clove.
Sinusitis: Blend 5 drops rosemary, 5 drops geranium, 2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops peppermint. Take 5 drops of this blend, mix into 1 teaspoon coconut oil and massage onto neck, behind and in front of ears, over the cheekbone, nose and forehead.
As you can see, Eucalyptus is another miracle in a bottle, marvelously useful and versatile!
Here’s where I get my essential oils:
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