Eucalyptus oil is steam distilled from the dried leaves of the evergreen Eucalyptus Globulus tree. The oil is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with a strong woody and sweet scent.
Eucalyptus oil was used in traditional Aboriginal medicines for treating fungal infections and skin wounds. It is used for a range of medical conditions in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. It is used for the treatment of bronchitis, stimulating the immune system, preventing infection, relieving pain. It has antibacterial activity against cariogenic (causing tooth decay) and periodontopathic bacteria.
The oil is used to treat arthritis, wounds and burns, acne, ulcers, bladder diseases, diabetes, fever, flu, respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, sinusitis, mental exhaustion, stress and mental disorders and to increase blood flow to the brain. Since the essential oil is considered a vasodilator , it increases the blood flow around the body by relaxing the blood vessels and allowing more blood to circulate. It is used for muscle pain, and is recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles and aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain. Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections owing to its germicidal properties.