Uses of Eucalyptus Oil Part 1
The uses of eucalyptus oil are manifold, from a pleasant smelling decongestant to a soothing and gentle remedy for urinary infections.
- Using eucalyptus as an incense is a simple way to benefit from its antiseptic qualities. As the eucalyptus burns, it releases its antiseptic ingredients into the air, disinfecting the room and masking unsavoury odours.
- Place some charcoal into a burner and light. Sprinkle with loose eucalyptus incense and allow to gently burn. When burned, eucalyptus leases disinfectants.
- Eucalyptus oil can be used to make a versatile balm.
- Healing Balsam – Simply melt a tablespoon of vaseline by placing it in a bowl over a pan of hot water, and add : 6 drops of eucalyptus oil + 2 drops peppermint oil.
- Rub a little of this balm under your nose to clear your sinuses, especially at night. A little rubbed on your lips helps heal cold sores.
- Eucalyptus is popular among the Aborigines, who burn the leaves to relieve fever, believing the illness will leave the person and go into the smoke. The dried leaves are also smoked to relieve asthma and other respiratory conditions.
- In Victorian England, dried leaves were put in sachets to keep cupboards and closets fragrant and as an insect repellents.
- Eucalyptus leaves are the only food eaten by koalas. People used to believe that alcohol contained in the leaves of the eucalyptus made the koalas permanently drunk, giving rise to their lazy behaviours.