Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oh, E. O., It's Wednesday (Eucalyptus Essential Oil)

Oh, it's Wednesday again! I hope that your week has not been too taxing. This week we are going to talk about one of my long time favorite essential oils. When I was growing up, my friend's mother had a bunch of eucalyptus throughout her home and I always loved the smell of her house.
Eucalyptus oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, & has antibacterial properties. This makes it a great oil for use in home remedies (a lot of home remedies). First, its germicidal properties make it perfect for cleansing wounds. The decongestant nature is what makes Vick's Vapor Rub and other eucalyptus/menthol products so helpful in clearing out a stuffed chest or nose.

For those out there who have muscle pains or arthritis, eucalyptus can be used to loosen those sore muscles. It can also be used to treat lice, control blood sugar levels, reduce fevers, and can even go so far as to relieve the symptoms of tuberculosis and pneumonia.

Eucalyptus can also be used to wake you up mentally. On those days were your head feels completely clouded, take a sniff of eucalyptus oil and your brain will get right back on track (something to keep in your office desk drawer for such occasions).

For my purposes, eucalyptus oil is great for skin care and soap. It's antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it a powerful agent for clearing up skin conditions. Additionally, it is great in soaps because of the deodorant properties as well as the vapor that can rise from the soap in a hot shower to help clear out your congestion. I knew I liked this plant.

Here are some Black Willow Soaps products that have eucalyptus essential oil in them:

Soothing Earth Avocado Cucumber Soap

Patchouli, Eucalyptus, & Sandalwood Olive Oil Soap

Sinus Bath Soak

1 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops Eucaluptus Essential Oil
Food Coloring (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container until you would like to use them.

What does Eucalyptus remind you of?

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