Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) originates from Australia where it has been distilled since the mid 1800s. The first work on the special antiseptic and antibacterial properties of the oil were first published in the 1870s. Historically it has been prescribed for respiratory system conditions such as bronchitis, flu, asthma and coughs.
Here are our top suggestions for the use of our Jersey grown and distilled Eucalyptus oil:
1. Antiseptic Remedy:
Eucalyptus is an excellent remedy for colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis and catarrh. Add a few drops of the pure oil to a bowl of hot water, and inhale the vapours for a few minutes. Alternatively for more portable relief, put a couple of drops on a hanky and inhale the scent.
2. Chest Rub:
To relieve colds etc during the night, a rub using 10ml of a massage oil (sweet almond, sunflower, greapeseed, wheatgerm, olive etc) and 6 drops of eucalyptus oil can be made up and applied before bed time.
3. Muscle & joint Rub:
Eucalyptus is used extensively in embrocations to relieve rheumatic and muscular pains and the effects of poor circulation. The same massage oil as mentioned above should be used on the affected area. The use of a few drops of our rosemary oil would help.
4. General topical antiseptic:
The strong antiseptic effect of eucalyptus makes it a useful aid to help burns, blisters, insect bites, cuts and wounds heal without infection. A spray using 10 drops of eucalyptus oil and 80ml of water can be made up. The bottle will need constantly shaking, but it can be sprayed onto affected areas.
CAUTION: EUCALYPTUS OIL SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR BABIES, INFANTS OR IF RECEIVING HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT. Essential oils can cause harm if used inappropriately and indiscriminately. We STRONGLY SUGGEST CAUTION if you DO NOT have experience of their use. Please read up carefully on the subject or consult a qualified aromatherapist or doctor. An excellent introductory home-use guide called “Aromatherapy” is available from the Books section of our shop.