It’s the end of February in the Midwest, and if you are anything like me, you are ready for Springtime to show its face right about now. Though we love the beauty of the winter, the absurdly cold weather and, well, the colds that come with it can see themselves out any time now. I’m sure that you know exactly what I’m talking about: the chapped skin, the puffy eyes, the noses that just will not stop running. It’s the worst. Those darn winter colds that we can’t shake can really get the best of us, unless you, like me, like to arm yourself with the secret weapon of winter: Eucalyptus Oil.
What can Eucalyptus Oil Do For You?
Bacteria Inhibitor: Like most essential oils, eucalyptus oil doesn’t just serve one purpose and one purpose only. In fact, it boasts many health and wellness benefits. As I was saying earlier, my favorite use for eucalyptus oil (and perhaps the most common) is the ability to aid in the treatment of cold and numerous other respiratory problems. I have frequented many different sources on this subject matter (organicfacts.net, aromaweb.com, and healthline.com to name a few), and they all state the same thing. Eucalyptus oil actually has the power to inhibit bacteria. So, if you, like many of us, can’t shake that winter cold, cough, or sinus infection, try some eucalyptus oil! The oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties that will clear you up in no time at all. Diffusing is a great method of use, but you can also mix the oil with a little coconut oil and apply to the chest, or even sprinkle a few drops on the floor of your shower and enjoy a spa like steam to combat those illnesses. It is always recommended to mix the eucalyptus oil with coconut oil in order to dilute it a bit before applying directly to the skin, and it’s also a good idea to talk with your kids’ doctor before using anything on the little ones. No matter which way you choose to use it, you will love the ability to fight ailments that this little oil possesses.
Insect Repellent: Eucalyptus oil is also said to work as an insect repellent, which would be extremely useful in the other seasons of the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even approved eucalyptus oil as a successful component of insect repellent because it has been proven to repel against mosquitos for up to three hours. So, if you are a bit weary of all the chemicals in over the counter bug spray, you can mix with coconut oil and apply to the skin, or even use a diffuser out on the patio.
Household Cleaner: Yes, you read that right! It can even assist in keeping your house clean? I don’t know about you but sign me up! If you mix 6 drops of eucalyptus oil with ½ cup white vinegar, 1 cup hot water, and 15 drops of liquid soap in a spray bottle, you will have a wonderful cleaning solution that smells great too. Remember that ability to inhibit bacteria? Works in the kitchen and bathrooms too!
These are really just a few of the benefits of Eucalyptus Oil. The Tea Tree’s owner, Missi, is extremely knowledgeable about the benefits of eucalyptus as well many other essential oils. She has literature on hand as well, in case you want to brush up on your skills yourself. So, go ahead and plan a visit- I promise you won’t want to leave without some essential oils, and you might even learn a thing or two!
Liz Hartmann is a DIY blogger, and you can find more of her work at www.misslizdidit.com as well as on Instagram and Facebook @misslizdidit