Most probably you already know that eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia. Usually the eucalyptus leaves are used to produce eucalyptus oil. This is colorless and it comes with a woody and sweet smell. In order to produce the oil, the leaves need to be steam distilled.
Use of Eucalyptus Oil
Using eucalyptus oil is quite common. In many cases it is used in cosmetics products and perfumes because of its clean and fresh aroma and it can also be used in dental solvents. Besides its aroma, eucalyptus is also known to be an antiseptic.
It is believed that eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antibacterial properties. As a result people often use it to treat different kinds of medical conditions. Eucalyptus oil is often use in case of the common flu and it is a popular ingredient of cough inhalants and lozenges.
It is very likely that you have used eucalyptus oil as a decongestant. Because of its special properties, eucalyptus oil can also be used to treat bronchitis as well. It is a known fact that eucalyptus has been used as an aboriginal medicine to treat skin wounds and fungal infections. In the past eucalyptus tea has been used to treat fever as well.
According to one of the studies performed in the field eucalyptus oil could have antibacterial properties when it comes to the bacteria of the upper respiratory tract. However, there is need for more extensive studies in order to be able to draw a conclusion.
Some other studies suggest that eucalyptus oil can make pain better. It is interesting to know that athletes could use the oil as a passive way of warming up.
The good news is that eucalyptus oil can fight against peridontopathic and carcinogenic bacteria, which means that it can protect the teeth. One of the studies suggests that it is good for the oral health for people to chew gum with eucalyptus.
Stimulating the Immune System
Specialists claim that eucalyptus oil can induce an immunologic response from the cells of the immune system. Some other positive effects include treating arthritis, burns and wounds, stuffed nose, ulcers, acne, diabetes, bladder disease, flu, and fever.
As you can see, eucalyptus oil can do a lot more for you than you may have thought. If you are into alternative medicine, this is something that you will have to try.