REMEMBER: These Are 10+ Great Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil! Pay SPECIAL Attention to Benefit #8! Contraindications & Dangers INCLUDED!
Eucalyptus oil has been hailed for its immense health benefits for centuries. But, does this oil have extra-potent healing properties?
According to several research studies, it would seem that adding eucalyptus oil into a diffuser or applying it to your skin could be very beneficial!
Benefit #1 – Gives Relief for Respiratory Issues
The respiratory system often has issues due to inflammation. Luckily, you can get relief from your respiratory disorders and diseases thanks to the use of eucalyptus as an essential oil.
When diffused, this substance was shown to help augment the mucocillary transport speed, allowing patients to find relief with breathing-related issues.
Lai, Y., et al. (2014). “In vitro studies of a distillate of rectified essential oils on sinonasal components of mucociliary clearance”, in American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy, Vol. 28(3).
Benefit #2 – Provides a Lot of Antibacterial Properties
A Tunisian study on this oil was conducted because the country introduced 117 species of the plant into the environment. Because people there use Eucalyptus often as firewood, the plant was shown to have immense respiratory benefits and offered better overall health to people that used the oils.
The study showed that different types, or species, were more potent than others regarding antibacterial properties. The E odorata was by far the most active species in the study with its ability to fight off several bacteria.
Elaissi, A., et al. (2012). “Chemical composition of 8 eucalyptus species’ essential oils and the evaluation of their antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activities”, in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Benefit #3 – Stimulating Your Immune System
Another study aimed to determine how Eucalyptus oil aided in the innate cell-mediated immune response. The scientific data showed that the plant extract has been particularly helpful for antiseptic and anti-inflammatory purposes.
But, the study wanted to test this extract in the essential oil form. The results showed that this substance was able to engage an immune response and should be explored further in an attempt to use the oil for new immune-regulatory agents.
The study suggests the oil may even be used to fend off infectious diseases and for a user after chemotherapy to boost the body’s immune system response.
Serafino, A., et al. (2008). “Stimulatory effect of Eucalyptus essential oil on innate cell-mediated immune response”, in BMC Immunology.
Benefit #4 – Provides Relief for Mental Exhaustion
Feeling sluggish and mentally exhausted? When applied to your skin in oil form, Eucalyptus has been shown to provide a refreshing effect to a person’s mind.
Said to rejuvenate your mind, you’ll feel less of a strain to complete the day’s tasks when applying Eucalyptus to your skin, or using it in a diffuser.
Keep in mind: This agent is so potent that it’s used to treat several mental disorders. Known to increase blood flow, you’ll find that you’re able to think with less stress and exhaustion as a result.
Benefit #5 – Good for Your Dental Health
Cavities, dental plaque and other infections of the mouth have been tackled by applying this essential oil to the area. Known for its germicidal properties, you’ll be able to fend off visits to the dentist with just a few applications per day.
And, you’ll find this substance is an active ingredient in several kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes.
Researchers conducted an in-depth study on the oil regarding its effect on dental care. The results showed that the oil helped slow biofilm formation and can be used in anticaries treatments.
Rasooli, I., et al. (2009). “The effect of Mentha spicata and Eucalyptus camaldulensis essential oils on dental biofilm”, in International Journal of Dental Hygiene, Vol. 7(3).
Benefit #6 – Provides Antiseptic Qualities & Promotes Wound Healing
The wound healing and antiseptic qualities of Eucalyptus have been studied with great effectiveness. Tested on rats, the results showed that wounds healed faster, and the risk of septic occurrences was reduced when applied topically.
There was also an improvement in bacteria found in the wound.
Sugumar, S., et al. (2014). “Ultrasonic emulsification of eucalyptus oil nanoemulsion: antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and wound healing activity in Wistar rats”, in Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, Vol. 21(3).
Benefit #7 – Provides Relief for Pain
A study with 20 participants was conducted to determine if Eezpain spray could provide pain relief. This spray consists of the following oils:
– Eucalyptus, Turpentine, Clove, Menthol, Camphor, and Gaultheria.
All of the participants noted a baseline pain level over a 14-day observation period. The treatment performance demonstrated that the spray showed efficacy when the pain was mild to moderate and provided pain relief for other ailments and injuries.
Nawaz, A., et al. (2015). “Clinical efficacy of polyherbal formulation Eezpain spray for muscular pain relief”, in Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 28(1).
Benefit #8 – Provides Vermifuge Power for Intestinal Germs
The antibacterial activities of essential oils created using the leaves of Eucalyptus were studied to determine the Vitro antimicrobial activities of the oil. Using hydrodistillation, the results showed that antimicrobial activity took effect against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
Infections caused by these two diseases may be treated using Eucalyptus oil. The findings indicated that the oil deters bacteria and parasitic conditions in the body in areas notably susceptible, such as the colon and intestines.
Ghaffar, A., et al. (2015). “Chemical Composition and in-Vitro Evaluation of the Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activities of Essential Oils Extracted from Seven Eucalyptus Species”, in Molecules, Vol. 20(11).
Benefit #9 – Good for Diabetes
You can ingest Eucalyptus oil when needed (attention as it can be deadly). It helps your body to regulate blood sugar levels naturally. Not only do you benefit from an immune system boost, but your blood circulation will increase after ingestion.
Keep in mind: Diabetic patients often have reduced blood flow and circulation. You can massage this oil into your skin or inhale it to enjoy the same great properties that help boost blood circulation.
Benefit #10 – Keeps Insects & Lice Away
Do you want to keep insects and lice at bay? A little bit of eucalyptus oil will work wonders. This substance is known as a natural pesticide or repellant that pushes insects away.
People have also been using this oil for centuries as a way to eliminate lice. This is a significant improvement over the harsh chemical treatments that lead to hair damage when trying to combat insects.
Just massage a few drops into the scalp several times a day. Researchers conducted a study on this topic and determined that you can use a spray with 8% being Eucalyptus oil and the remaining being water as an effective solution!
Treating the area reduced the population of head lice found in the study’s participants. Researchers also noted that spraying the mixture on the head and using a shower cap would allow for better results due to the oil entering a fumigant state.
Choi, H. Y., et al. (2010). “Efficacy of spray formulations containing binary mixtures of clove and eucalyptus oils against susceptible and pyrethroid/ malathion-resistant head lice (Anoplura: Pediculidae)”, in Journal of Entomology, Vol. 47(3).
Side-Effects & Dangers of Using Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is a very potent substance and is considered safe when taken by mouth (diluted) for up to 12 weeks. You need to dilute the oil itself before you being its application to your skin as some people will suffer from irritation.
ATTENTION: If 3.5 mL of the oil is taken orally without being diluted, it can result in death!!!
Poisoning will cause diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. These effects are seen in extreme cases and will not occur unless the oil has been ingested in large amounts. Dilution can help reduce the risk of poisoning occurring.
If you decide to try it for yourself, you need to follow these tips:
- People with diabetes will want to make sure that the oil’s blood circulation properties and their medication do not result in blood sugar levels dropping too low. Initial monitoring of blood sugar levels is recommended.
- If surgery has occurred in the last two weeks, it’s not recommended that you use Eucalyptus oil at this time.
- Women that are pregnant or nursing will not want to use essential oils in any form at this time.
- Young children may also be susceptible to some of the side effects stated above.
Keep in mind: Rather than applying Eucalyptus oil to the skin, use it in a diffuser or take cough drops that contain the oil. You’ll find little to no side effects will occur.
Eucalyptus oil is a very potent oil that offers immense health benefits when taken in regular dosage sizes. However, studies do indicate that poisoning can occur when taken in large amounts and not diluted properly with water.