Throughout history and up to the present day, eucalyptus oil has been used medicinally to treat head lice and toenail fungus, asthma, common cold, plaque, gingivitis, and many more.
This aromatic oil is produced from fresh leaves of many species of the eucalyptus tree, which is native to Australia. Aside from being colorless, it has a distinct taste and color. Its intense aroma is mainly because of the compound called 1,8-cineole or eucalyptol which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
You can find eucalyptus oil in many over-the-counter drugs such as mouthwashes, liniments, inhalers, rash creams, and rubs.
Due to the numerous benefits one can obtain from using eucalyptus oil, it has attracted the attention of the entire world. Here are some of its research-backed health benefits.
It May Ease Cold Symptoms
Eucalyptus oil has antiviral and antimicrobial properties which make it an effective treatment or preventive measure for common cold symptoms such as coughing and sore throat.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy claimed that eucalyptus oil acts as a cold suppressant and can help clear mucus from airways.
Helps Relieve Joint And Muscle Pain
Eucalyptus oil has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a topical pain reliever especially after workouts.
According to studies, patients with arthritis experienced less pain and improved mood after application of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and marjoram essential oils, which were diluted in a carrier oil.
Furthermore, the results of a 2010 study have shown that eucalyptus oil can reduce the expression of the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme by at least 25 percent.
If you are experiencing muscle pain or soreness, massaging oil on affected areas in a circular motion helps relieve stress and pain.
Improves Brain Function
The oil can help stimulate alertness and mental activity.
Studies showed that eucalyptus oil can increase the blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels and allowing more blood to circulate thereby bringing more power to the brain.
It May Improve Air Quality
Eucalyptus oil can be used as an air purifier due to its antifungal properties.
In a 2017 study, results have demonstrated how the essential oil helped fight off fungus and mold found in indoor air.
Head Lice Treatment
Due to its well-known qualities as an insect repellent and natural pesticide, eucalyptus oil has been used as a natural treatment for lice.
An Australian pharmaceutical company had conducted a study in 2017 and results showed that eucalyptus oil solution can be a productive alternative in the treatment of head lice.
Simply apply a few drops of the oil mixed with carrier oils on lice-infested hair to get rid of lice.
Eucalyptus essential oil has germicidal properties which can help fight cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis, halitosis (bad breath), and other dental infections.
In a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, results showed that adding eucalyptus extract to gum could help promote good dental health.
This may be the reason why it is commonly found as an active ingredient in mouthwash, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene products.
It May Be A Useful Antifungal Treatment
Eucalyptus oil may help treat fungal infection and athlete’s foot.
In was discovered by a 2012 study that the aromatic oil is effective at fighting against Trichosporon ovoides, the fungus behind Piedra, a fungal infection occurring in the hair shafts on both head and body hair.
Additionally, a 2016 study found that the oil has a possessed a “wide spectrum of biological activity” that included antimicrobial and fungicidal properties.
In a 2012 report, it was revealed that eucalyptus essential oil can help remove the build-up of germs in hair follicles. This effect is may due to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. This is beneficial for those with dandruff, itchy scalp, psoriasis. Results of the study were published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease.
Achieve maximum results by mixing a few drops of the herbal oil and a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil. Apply a few drops of the mixture directly to the scalp to heal and moisturize it and boost hair growth.