Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The Australian Aboriginal people have a history dating back tens of thousands of years. They have been using eucalyptus leaves and oils extensively for its healing properties for quite some time. They would bind leaves around serious wounds to prevent infection and promote healing. They also used its lung-opening aroma for clearing respiratory congestion and to help suppress coughing. Kris and I spray eucalyptus oil into the hot steam of the shower for an invigorating clean feeling. Eucalyptus oil, along with the oil of citronella is a excellent insect repellent with no harsh chemicals for you to absorb. It can also be used a rub/bath for sore muscles, joint pain and even headaches. The Aborigines would sometimes burn the leaves and inhale the smoke to relieve headache pain.
It has an anti-viral, antibacterial and antiviral properties against common pathogens such as E.coli, Streptococcus, Canida and several others. German researchers in 2001 found that eucalyptus and tea tree oil inhibited both herpes simplex virus 1 and 2. Nature sure is incredible!
Some other health benefits of eucalyptus are;
*Regulates blood sugar levels.
*Pain reliever and fever reducer.
*Lowers blood pressure.
*Boosts brain functions.
Here are two ways to use eucalyptus oil;
Inhalation: providing instant relief for upper respiratory issues, place a few drops of oil in your palms, rub together and place over your nose and mouth(STAY AWAY FROM EYES). Breathe in deeply for a few minutes.
External Application: Using an organic carrier oil( coconut, almond, olive etc) dilute and massage into your skin around neck, ears and chest. You can also add a few drops into one cup of Epsom salts, dissolving into a hot bath for sore muscles and soothing for urinary tract infections.
Essential oils have been used by many cultures for thousands of years. Besides the Aborigines, Chinese and Indian cultures have used oils for a wide range of medical conditions. Now Western cultures are becoming more aware of their excellent benefits.
I will go deeper into the wonderful benefits of using Essential Oils over the next few weeks.
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