The oil is taken from the leaves and branches. History Eucalyptus is a native Australian tree, and its oil has long been a household remedy in Australia for treating everything from flu, fever, and sore throat, to skin and muscle pain. Sydney’s Blue Mountains are named for the haze produced by the tree’s essential oil. When you walk through the groves, the blue mist that mutes the surrounding scenery can be almost intoxicating. Effects • Eucalyptus oil has now been scientifically proven to have such extraordinary strength as an antiseptic oil that it is used in hospitals and first aid care worldwide. • The scent increases brain wave activity and counters physical and mental fatigue. • International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc., a research and development corporation in New Jersey, found that sniffing eucalyptus increases your energy. • Eucalyptus also has been proven to have a cooling effect on the body, which can help lower temperature. • Antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and deodorizing. Uses • Use to cleanse a space where there has been conflict or negativity. • The powerful and refreshing fragrance of this essential oil is a surefire pick-up for both physical and nervous exhaustion. Strong and refreshing, it revitalizes and stimulates, while bringing the essence of sunshine to a sad or weary spirit. • Clears mucus from the lungs. • As a liniment, relieves rheumatic, arthritic, and other types of pain. • Carry eucalyptus with you on long car trips, or smell it to help you study. • Use for arthritis, bronchitis, catarrh, cold sores, colds, coughs, fever, flu, poor circulation, sinusitis. One of the most robust of the antiseptic oils. • It is said to aid concentration and to be valuable in treating fevers, wounds and sores, head lice and sore muscles. • It is the most popular essential oil steam for relieving sinus and lung congestion such as asthma. Inhale the steam, add one or two drops of oil to a compress, or put three or four drops in your bath. • Good for skin eruptions and oily complexions, it is also used for acne, herpes, and chicken pox. Mix eucalyptus essential oil with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar and dab on problem areas. This mix can also be used as an antiseptic on wounds, boils, and insect bites. • Use in the bath for convalescence, and congestion headaches. Apply a few drops to a hanky to use throughout the day to ease congestion. Home use Use in a vaporizer to prevent spread of infection and clear the energy. Safety precautions • Do not use if you suffer from high blood pressure or epilepsy. • Do not store near homeopathic remedies. • Poisonous if ingested. • Do not use in an asthma attack.
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