August Essential Oil of the Month: Eucalyptus

More than Just An Upgrade: 8 Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

Have you ever wondered why massage therapists suggest adding aromatherapy to your massage?  Well, you may be surprised to know that adding an essential oil to a massage is more than an upgrade. There are several different benefits of implementing aromatherapy into a massage and I have included 8 of them.

As an experienced massage therapist with 9 plus years in the professional field that has brought pain relief, relaxation and wholeness to over 7,000 people, my “go to” essential oil for aromatherapy is Eucalyptus. I’m telling you, this oil is so good that I can honestly swear by it.

The health benefits of eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging, and its properties include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal qualities. Eucalyptus oil is colorless and has a distinctive odor – think woody and sweet. It’s obtained from fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree that is native to Australia.

Organicfacts.net lists some of the benefits of Eucalyptus oil as the following:

  1. Muscle pain: If you are experiencing joint and muscle pain, massaging eucalyptus oil on the surface of the skin helps to relieve stress and pain. The volatile eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature. Therefore, it is often recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain. The oil should be massaged in a circular motion on the affected areas of the body.
  2. Respiratory problems: Asthma is a condition that affects millions of people around the world, and there are many known treatments for the condition. One of these is the use of eucalyptus essential oil. Simply massage 1-3 drops mixed with a carrier oil or cream onto the chest and the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors will calm the throat and dilate the blood vessels, which will allow more oxygen into the lungs and normal breathing can be achieved. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature, which makes it a good ingredient in many medicines that treat respiratory problems, including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis.
  3. Mental exhaustion:Eucalyptus oil is commonly used to stimulate mental activity and increase blood flow to the brain. Many consider the essential oil a vasodilator, which means that it increases the blood flow around the body by relaxing the blood vessels and allowing more blood to circulate. Basically, more blood to the brain means more brainpower. One very important reason that many people use eucalyptus oil is that it creates a cooling and refreshing effect. Normally, people suffering from certain conditions and disorders are slightly sluggish. Eucalyptus oil, a stimulant, removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. It can also be effective in the treatment of stress and mental disorders.
  4. Skin care: Eucalyptus oil is often applied topically to treat skin infections.
  5. Wounds: Eucalyptus oil has antiseptic qualities because of its germicidal quality. Upon exposure to air, ozone is formed, which is a well-researched antiseptic. Therefore, eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also an effective salve for insect bites and stings. Besides soothing the affected area, it also protects the open wound or irritated area from developing infections from microbial activity and exposure to the air.
  6. Fever: Eucalyptus oil is also used for treating fever and reducing body temperature. This is why one of the common names of eucalyptus oil is “fever oil.” It works well when combined with peppermint oil and sprayed on the body as a mixture of a deodorant and a temperature reducer.
  7. Tuberculosis and Pneumonia: Eucalyptus essential oil has plenty of antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, and when massaged onto the chest and used as a vapor rub or inhalant, it can relieve the signs and symptoms of harmful conditions, such as tuberculosis and pneumonia, by clearing the lungs and reducing inflammation. It is best if applied to both the chest and the back, over the area of the lungs.
  8. Room freshener: The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air, keeping the environment of the rooms clean and sterilized.

There are some dangers of taking too much eucalyptus oil. Before beginning any new intensive alternative medical treatment, consult your doctor for advice, or an allergy test.  Whether you are ready to try aromatherapy for the first time or for the 10th, at Vitality Unlimited Spa we carry a variety of over 20 different Nature Sunshine essential oils. Ask your massage therapist about recommending one for your next massage. You’d be glad you did! For more information on eucalyptus and other essential oils, visit our online essential oil shop.

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