Eucalyptus essential oil is one of the most versatile natural remedies due to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulant, and other medicinal qualities.
Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the leaves and young twigs of the eucalyptus, a majestic tree native to the Australian continent but widespread throughout the world.
In Europe, eucalyptus has been used for centuries to combat coughs, bronchitis, phlegm, asthma and flu. Its essential oil was used for many types of infections, blisters and stings. Many doctors also used it for the treatment and prophylaxis of cholera, to reduce body temperature thanks to its tissue cooling capacity.
Due to the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the compound eucalyptol contained in it, the oil is used in a variety of over-the-counter medications such as massage creams, inhalers, ointments, eczema creams, and mouthwashes. Eucalyptus essential oil ( Eucalyptus globulus ) has properties that make it an excellent support for the respiratory system . Its balsamic aroma, in fact, can help decongest the mucous membranes of the airways and help you breathe better. The effect is mainly due to the high content of eucalyptol, which has an expectorant and decongestant action, and to the presence of monoterpenes, substances with a strong balsamic action.
Eucalyptus essential oil has antiseptic qualities due to its germicidal properties . When exposed to air, ozone is formed, which is a well-studied antiseptic. Therefore eucalyptus oil is used to heal wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also an effective ointment for insect bites and stings. In addition to soothing the affected area, it protects the open wound or irritated area from developing infection due to microbial activity and exposure to air.
Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial , antifungal , antimicrobial , antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant, therefore it is a useful ingredient in many medicines for the treatment of respiratory problems. A study published in The Laryngoscope in 2004 highlights its usefulness in the treatment of non-bacterial sinusitis. Patients with nonbacterial sinusitis improved faster when treated with a drug containing eucalyptus oil. Gargles of eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water are always effective in treating sore throats.
The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect deodorant for hospital rooms. Kills bacteria and germs in the air, keeping the room environment clean and sterilized. Many people add eucalyptus oil to baths, spas, and saunas because of its cooling and antiseptic qualities . One can reap most of the benefits of eucalyptus essential oil through steaming, topical application, or ingestion. Therefore it is commonly used in aromatherapy , which is often included in spa treatment packages.