10 Jan 2008

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil has been a favorite of mine for many years for it's many uses. It is the distilled oil from the Blue Gum Tree which is native to Australia and Tasmania.

It is a powerful antiseptic, natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory and can be used in the treatment of coughs, colds, flu, throat infections, cold sores, fevers, sprains, burns and scalds, cuts and grazes, insect bites, and muscular aches and pains. It also increases concentration and reduces stress.

Note: Not suitable for babies and small children or as a massage oil for pregnant women or for those with sensitive skin.

Eucalyptus oil is also useful for animals. Vets use eucalyptus Oil for horses with flu, dogs with distemper, and for animals with parasitic skin affections.

The oil is virtually colorless but becomes yellow as it ages. It has a piercing camphor type aroma so when using with other oils in a burner, use sparingly or it will dominate the other aromas.


Blend for Colds
From Dreaming Earth Recipes

2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree oil essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Place in a diffuser/burner.

Blend to Ease Sinuses
From Wiccan Kitchen Recipes

2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil

Boil a pot of water and remove it from the stove. While it is still steaming, add oils, immediately cover the pot and head with a towel and inhale for 3 minutes. Keep Eyes Closed.

Orange-Eucalyptus Bath Salts
By Rebecca Dillon at Article City
Winter colds don't leave you with much to be desired. Lift your spirits, ease muscle aches, and help clear nasal passages with this bath salt blend.

1 cup fine sea salt
1/2 tsp liquid vegetable glycerin
1/2 Cup epsom salts
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
8 drops sweet orange essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. To use, simply add 4 to 6 tablespoons of salts to a hot tub. Keep unused salts sealed in an airtight container.

All-Round Cleaner
From Cleaning Recipes at Alfalfa House

2 tbsps pure soap
3 tbsps washing soda
6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
400 mls/1 cup hot water

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a labelled spray bottle and shake well before use. Suitable for most hard surfaces. Spot test if unsure.

Natural Flea Recipe
From Family Herbal Remedies

This is the natural way of eliminating these unwanted fleas from your home and sleeping place of your pet. It has a natural aroma that is not harmful to Humans, Pets, or Children. Use ¼ tsp. of Eucalyptus Oil in a 8-10 ounce spray pumper bottle. Fill with water. Put the pumper on a fine mist. Spray your house with the mist. Spray the carpet, furniture, car, pet’s beds everywhere. Fleas hate the aroma and run for the door. Do this 3 times a week. It leaves a fine mist that dries almost instantly. Your home will have a very fresh scent. Spraying your pet is also a great idea. It doesn’t hurt them and it helps keep fleas away. Do this recipe all year, but especially do this routine in the summer months when fleas are at there peak. Vacuuming is also important for picking up eggs.

Herbaceous Cuticle Conditioning Oil
From Health and Beauty - All in Your Hands

2 tbsps sesame or jojoba oil
8 drops carrot seed essential oil
7 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
3 drops oregano essential oil

Combine ingredients. Shake well before each use. Rub into nail and toenail cuticles following bath or shower; while these oil helps prevent fungus, the strong scent may be best to use at night. Store unused portion in tightly sealed (preferably glass) container in a cool, dark, dry place for 6-12 months.

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Naomi said...

Great post Jackie. Eucalyptus oil is great for this time of year when there are so many coughs and colds around. I use it a lot and find it very soothing.

Marion said...

I have a eucalyptus tree in my yard. When I bring branches into the house, it helps with asthma. I love it!