Four Benefits of Eucalyptus Flower and Essential Oil
(DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE TREATING ANY CONDITION. THE INFORMATION BELOW SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE)
I am currently studying to become a community herbalist and have used herbs to treat minor ailments for 14 years. All information shared in these posts come from study, research and experience.
Before we get into the amazing uses of this flower, let’s go over some basic GUIDELINES as these will apply to any herb you work with:
*Prior to starting an herbal regimen, speak with a licensed *physician.
*Herbal medicines (sometimes called supplements) come in flower, capsules, tinctures, and essential oils.
*Essential oils SHOULD NEVER BE INGESTED.
*Essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil and tested on a small patch of skin to test for allergic reactions.
*Carrier oils: Coconut, almond, grapeseed, apricot, and hemp. (There are others, do your research for a complete list)
*Know where your herbs come from. There are excellent (and well known) herbal manufacturers online as well as brick and mortar. Read customer reviews, ask for lab results etc. The point is to make sure the products you use are safe for you, your family, and community.
Type of plant: Eucalyptus globulus
Part Used: leaves and twigs
Therapeutic Use: Bronchitis, Decongestant
Symptoms for the above conditions can alleviated by placing 3-6 drops of eucalyptus in a vaporizer and breathing in the steam. I use this method whenever I am decongested or when my sinusitis flairs up and it’s always brought me relief.
Therapeutic Use: Tendinitis, Tenosynovitis
Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis are both forms of repetitive strain syndrome. I suffer from tenosynovitis which is the inflammation of the tendons in the wrists, hands, and ankles. I’m a writer and type daily so this condition is pretty much par for the course. I keep a roller ball of eucalyptus, peppermint, and grapeseed carrier oil on my desk. I apply onto my wrists and massage into my skin until it’s evaporated.
Blends Well With: Chamomile, ginger, lemon, rosemary
Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy and while breast feeding.
Hand and Wrist Massage Oil
10 drops of peppermint oil
10 drops of lavender oil
10 drops of eucalyptus
1 dropper bottle
1 plastic or glass bottle
Blend the essential oils together in a dropper bottle. In a separate glass bottle, you can mix 4-5 drops of the above blend to each 1 teaspoon (5mL) of your preferred carrier oil.
If you’re interested in learning more about natural remedies, here’s a good resource.
**If you’re interested in learning more about herbal medicine and health driven herbs, this book is an excellent (and affordable) read and I recommend it to all my readers.
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