Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil and its uses

By Rania Watts

I am the type of person that requires the strongest possible cough drop when I am ill. There was this brand, when I was younger that was was advertised as a mix of Eucalyptus and honey. However, all I could taste was the Eucalyptus.  Mind you, I was not complaining, as for me it was the quickest way to help soothe the prickles that were attacking my throat during a cold.  Is it any wonder one of the main uses for Eucalyptus Essential oil is to soothe congestion.  

Whilst engrossed in research I found one use for Eucalyptus oil that I’d never imagined in my life.“Toward the end of the 19th century, eucalyptus oil was used in most hospitals in England to clean urinary catheters. Modern research is now starting to back this practice up.” (Nordqvist, J., 2018) 

‘It seems that if you are desperate to disinfect something, Eucalyptus will do in a pinch. Eucalyptus can be found in so many products – ranging from insect repellent, to disinfection of various surfaces, fungal infections and wounds, insect repellent, pain relief and stimulating the immune system’.  (Nordqvist, J., 2018) 

Please ensure to dilute Eucalyptus Essential oil with a carrier oil before using it directly on the skin and DO NOT INGEST this oil – as it is toxic and poisonous. “Signs of eucalyptus poisoning include dizziness, feelings of suffocation, and small pupils. It is important to note that eucalyptus may interact with other medications and can impact the liver.” (Nordqvist, J., 2018)

Any personal opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author Rania Watts and not the Practitioner advertised in this website or social media.

The content above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and does not constitute medical or other professional advice.  

Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT — Written by Joseph Nordqvist on January 5, 2018

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