Eucalyptus Essential OilThe colorful haze surrounding the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia is almost intoxicating. Every breath is refreshing and cleansing, as the tree's essential oil saturates the air. The word Eucalyptus is derived from Greek, meaning "well covered". This meaning can be applied to the haze that covers the surrounding hills or the variety of common conditions this oil can be used for. In the 1700s, the powerful properties of the oil were discovered in Australia, and since then, its distillation has spread across the globe. The oil is processed through steam distillation from the tree's long, thick bluish green leaves and branch tips. There are over 500 species of eucalyptus plants, with new varieties and hybrids still being discovered, each holding its own scent. Eucalyptus essential oil is a very powerful and useful oil. It is anti-inflammatory, highly antiseptic, antiviral, analgesic, and deodorizing. It is a staple household remedy in Australia, as it treats everything from the flu and fever to sore throat and muscle ache. Most vapor rubs contain eucalyptus, as it relieves sinus and lung congestion and clears mucus from the lungs. Here are some simple recipes using eucalyptus and other oils carried at Alternatives: For the common cold, mix 1 drop lemon oil, 2 drop eucalyptus and 3 drops rosemary in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Massage around chest, neck and sinus area ( forehead, nose and cheekbones). For a disinfectant cleaner, mix 1.5 oz eucalyptus oil with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. This is an inexpensive way to kill germs and freshen the room, as 20% solution of eucalyptus and water sprayed in the air will kill 70% of airborne staph bacteria. You may also add other essential oils such as lemon or lemongrass for an extra boost of freshness. Remember to shake before each use. To help man's best friend out, add a few drops of eucalyptus to your dog’s bath water or shampoo to help repel fleas. Diffuse eucalyptus daily to prevent flu in the winter and cultivate your senses any time of the year. With its powerful woody, slightly sweet aroma, eucalyptus is sure to refresh your outlook.
Blends well with Pine, Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Peppermint and Tea Tree
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