Sunday, March 13, 2016

Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

The scientific name of eucalyptus is eucalyptus globulus. According to natural medicine and aromatherapy, there are many health benefits and healing properties of eucalyptus aromatic tree which I will describe in detail in this article. But before doing that, let us take a stroll through the brief history, symbolism, origin, and distribution of eucalyptus and its oil which has numerous health benefits.

Eucalyptus oil is one of the most widely used essential oil by millions of people around the world. What makes eucalyptus so important is the fact that almost all respiratory conditions can be treated with eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is one of the widest grown and fastest growing trees in the world. It grows up to a height of 100 meters. The enormously large space occupying roots of eucalyptus absorb vast quantities of water so it needs a lot of water to grow. Eucalyptus trees have been planted since ancient times in malaria infested swamps in order to dry the soil due to its enormous water requirement and purify the air at the same time with its highly aromatic leaves that are blue-green in color and are heart shaped when are young and turn long and lance shaped at maturity.

There are approximately 200 species of Eucalyptus. It is also interesting to note that the famous tea tree oil that is utilized by almost all natural product manufactures in mostly all natural products like natural shampoos, oil, etc. comes from the same family, Myrtaceae. About 50 species of Myrtaceae family provide valuable oils, some are therapeutic and some are beneficial to the industry. It is also interesting to note that eucalyptus essential oil when massaged has a refreshing aroma that gets penetrated and has stimulating effects on our body.

"Eu" and "kalypto" words are of Greek origin and they mean "good" and "covered" which is in reference to their stamina. The word "globulus" means a "small ball" referring to button-shaped fruit of eucalyptus. The Australian eucalyptus trees were the first trees which brought essential oil that has been used medicinally.

Origin and Distribution
Eucalyptus has been native to Tasmania and Australia. Eucalyptus was introduced in the Europe as an ornamental tree in 1788. It was in 1850s when the French government sent seeds to Algeria in order to drain out wetlands infested with malaria mosquitoes. This plantation of eucalyptus trees for draining out malaria infested swamps showed positive results because a large amount of water was required to grow eucalyptus tree in the ground which helped in total drying out of the soil and preventing the proliferation of disease-transmitting mosquitoes, which usually use these types of wetlands as "breeding grounds". Since that time, seeds of eucalyptus spread across the globe and its trees naturalized in almost all temperate areas of the globe

Extraction of Essential Oil
It takes about 25 kilograms of young branches and leaves of eucalyptus to produce only 500 grams of essential eucalyptus oil by the process of steam distillation.

Health Benefits
Eucalyptus essential oil is an analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, natural healer, natural deodorant, an aromatic tonic for brain, natural expectorant, a febrifuge and stimulant and contains hypoglycemic properties. According to aromatherapy, eucalyptus oil is one of the best oils to treat respiratory problems. Eucalyptus oil is good for drying up phlegm and combat sinusitis. According to alternative medicine, eucalyptus oil helps in breathing better and relaxing and dilating muscles of bronchi, trachea, and lungs, therefore, decreasing the discomfort caused by influenza, catarrh, bronchitis, and lung congestion. Eucalyptus has antiviral action. It is very effective in neutralizing airborne germs and when two of its chemical constituents, aromadendrene and phellandrene, come in contact with air, they produce a layer of protection which hinders survival of bacteria. It helps in lowering febrile conditions.

It is helpful in treating wounds, burns, and blisters and helps in regenerating new tissue. Eucalyptus is a great source as a deodorant.

It is also an effective insect repellent. For the urinary system, eucalyptus oil works as an antiseptic and is helpful in treatment of urogenital infections such as cystitis. Eucalyptus has mild diuretic effect and helps in increasing the excretion of urea. Its essential oil massage helps in treatment of rheumatism and neuralgia or nerve pain. On the emotional level, aromatic eucalyptus oil inhalation stimulates and clears the mind out of negative feelings, promotes concentration, and gives a breath of fresh air.

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