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Welcome to my Natural Living Series where i will be posting about the benefits of incorporating more natural products into your lives.

I am going to kick of the series with a post about Eucalyptus oil, this is by far my most used Aromatherapy oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where does Eucalyptus oil come from:

Eucalyptus oils are obtained by distillation of the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree and have aromas characteristic of the particular species used.

The leaves of selected Eucalyptus species are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil.

Some Medicinal Properties:

Anti-inflammatory / Antispasmodic / Decongestant / Deodorant / Antiseptic /  Antibacterial / Stimulating

Some Health Benefits:

Respiratory Problems / Healing of cuts, burns, abrasions and sores / Can be used on insect bites and stings / Muscle and joint pain / Dental and skin care / Fever

What i mainly use it for:

My son suffers with Asthma and he goes through periods where he gets a bad cough and has coughing fits until he is sick. Not so long ago he went through a bad patch and had to go on steroids to get his asthma under control, so i started looking at natural ways to help him when he does go through these bad times, because everything i was trying was not working.

This is where i found out that Eucalyptus oil is great for Asthma and coughs and colds because it opens up all your airways, it does not fix the problem but it gives temporary relief and i have noticed that due to my lil man not coughing in the night his coughing is improved the next day. I have used it on myself as well and it helps me out too when i have a cold or a cough.

What i do is at night i put 2-3 drops on either side of his pillow dotted down sides near the edges (so he is not lying in it) so whichever way he is facing in the night he is breathing it in. No matter how bad his cough is, he does not cough in the night at all there has only been 1-2 times where he has coughed and i have gone in and added two more drops on his pillow and after about 20 mins his coughing stops.

This means not only is he getting a restful sleep when he needs it most, i am also not waking up every 5 mins giving him medicines that are not really that beneficial. And also i do not have to wake him up in the night to give him anything.

I have read online where people have been putting neat Eucalyptus oil on their children’s feet etc, i stress NEVER put neat Eucalyptus oil on a childs skin, if you do want to rub some on then you will need to mix a few drops in a tbs of carrier oil like Olive oil or Sweet Almond Oil to dilute the oil so it is suitable to put on the skin.

Tips for using Eucalyptus oil:

– Eucalyptus oil can be used neat in order to remove sticker residue from glass.

– Add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of Eucalyptus oil to your load of washing for a  fresh scent along with the anti-microbial benefits.

– Use the oil neat to help remove paint, grease and ink from clothes.

– If you have a hanging car air freshener that’s lost its scent, reinvigorate it by adding a few drops of Eucalyptus oil.

– Half a teaspoon mixed with half a litre (half quart) of water makes for a good bug  repellent for plants.

– Use it as a stainless steel cleaner.

– To use as a room air freshener, Mix a quarter of a teaspoon or 15 drops of Eucalyptus oil with a half teaspoon of vodka, place in an atomizer/spray bottle and add 2 cups of water. This should be quite subtle, so you may need to add more.

~Tips from www.greenlivingtips.com ~

Eucalyptus oil storage and shelf life:

Like many essential oils, eucalyptus oil should be store in a dark glass bottle (usually Amber) and kept in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Has a life of 1 to 2 years from the date of production, check the Label for use by date.

*Warning* Eucalyptus oil is toxic if taken in large quantities and it is highly flammable, do not take internally in large doses it can be fatal). Because of the Stimulating properties of Eucalyptus oil do not use when pregnant or if you have high blood pressure.

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