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10 Uses for Eucalyptus Oil

10 Uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10 Uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus oil comes from the leaf of the Eucalyptus globulus tree, which is indigenous to Australia and is the favorite food of the koala bear. The oil is a common ingredient in salves and creams used to ease pain in muscles and joints. It is also used in ointments that are applied to the chest and under the nose to loosen congestion, including the traditional medicated ointment known as Vicks VapoRub. Eucalyptus oil is also found in cough syrups and cough drops and, because it contains an antibacterial agent called cineole, it is added to mouthwashes, such as Listerine.


Here’s more ideas on how to use eucalyptus oil all around the house:


1. Combine 2-3 drops with 1 tsp. shea butter and use as a chest rub to make breathing easier.


2. Add 5-6 drops to a pan or bowl of hot water. Then make a “tent” over your head with a towel and breathe in the vapors. You’ll get relief from a stuffy nose and a facial at the same time!


3. Mix 10-15 drops with ½ cup Epsom salts and pour into a tub of hot water for a relaxing bath experience.


4. Soak tired feet in hot water that contains a few drops of oil.


5. Blend 10-15 drops with 1 oz. sweet almond oil and massage into sore muscles and joints.


6. Add a few drops to a diffuser or electric oil warmer to create a soothing environment.


7. Combine 25-30 drops with ½ cup white vinegar and 1 ½ cups water in a spray bottle. Use as an after-shower spray on tile to help prevent mildew buildup.


8. Place a few drops directly on stubborn, hard-to-remove labels and stickers to help dissolve the glue.


9. Add a few drops to your shampoo to stimulate your scalp, fight dandruff and to add shine to hair.


10. Add a few drops to a small bottle of water with a mister and use as a natural air freshener.