What Eucalyptus Oil Really Does For Your Body

The eucalyptus plant is native to Australia and has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Most of the benefits come from eucalyptus oil, which is extracted from the leaves of the plant. Here are some of the things this essential oil can do for your body.

Eucalyptus oil is very useful to people with colds. According to Healthline, it can help relieve coughing and is often found in cough suppressant products. Eucalyptus oil can also help to loosen mucus in the chest when inhaled as a vapor. People with other respiratory issues like asthma and sinusitis may also find relief after inhaling steam with this essential oil in it.

This oil has been used for thousands of years to prevent infections in wounds. It has disinfecting properties that can help minor cuts and burns heal more quickly. You can find many ointments in stores today that contain eucalyptus oil. However, you should only rely on this essential oil for wounds that are treatable at home. Major injuries should be addressed by a healthcare professional.

Many people use eucalyptus oil for a mental boost

Eucalyptus oils' ability to clear the respiratory system doesn't only help with colds. Breathing in the smell of this oil can provide a mental boost. "Most people who breathe it automatically feel a great release, like their breathing becomes easier," Amy Galper, co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, told Women's Health. You can add a few drops of this oil to a diffuser to enjoy these benefits.

Eucalyptus oil can be used to keep bugs away when you're outside. Many insects and spiders do not like the scent and will stay away from you if it is on your skin. Dilute it with water and spray a little bit on your body before heading out for a hike or picnic.

It is important to dilute eucalyptus oil before applying it to your skin. You should also avoid putting it on sensitive skin or the face. "I wouldn't recommend it in a blend for the face, and it could be irritating if applied directly on skin," Galper told Women's Health. "So always dilute it down."