Eucalyptus essential oil has many wonderful medicinal properties. So it’s not really surprising that it’s used widely in many over-the-counter products available at your local supermarket or chemist including chest rubs for colds and congestion, cough and cold medicines, sore throat sprays, mouthwashes, inhalers, soaps, rash creams and topical pain relievers, just to name a few.
Native to Australia, and used for centuries by Aboriginal tribes for its healing properties, the eucalyptus tree, classified as Eucalyptus radiata commonly known as the narrow leaved peppermint is grown in Australia . The medicinal properties come from the leaves which are dried, and then crushed and distilled to extract the strong, colorless and potent essential oil.
The trees grow up to 50 feet in height and are sometimes referred to as Gum Trees. The main chemical components of Eucalyptus radiata are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, making it an ideal oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways and for creating a soothing massage experience. Eucalyptus has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin and for cleansing surfaces and the air. Studies have shown that Eucalyptus is effective in helping lessen tension. Eucalyptus can be found in mouth rinses to freshen breath and promote oral health.