The Benefits of Eucalyptus
When it comes to the world of wellness, eucalyptus has seemingly been around from the get-go. From creams and ointments, to essential oils, we’re always seeing eucalyptus slapped on the label but the question is why. What are the benefits? Does eucalyptus even have benefits? Well, fret not Viridians because we’ve done our research and are here to give the rundown on the Benefits of Eucalyptus.
Let’s start with what eucalyptus actually is. Eucalyptus comes from eucalyptus trees which are native to Australia. Like everything that comes out of Australia, eucalyptus trees are tough and dangerous. These trees are easily one of the most resilient of trees and are highly susceptible to start forest fires due to the high oil content within the tree. On top of that, they use up a huge amount of water and the way they grow makes it extremely difficult for other plant life to survive around it. All this being said, tends to make one wonder if eucalyptus oil is worth all the trouble it causes. Well, as it happens, the benefits of eucalyptus make the nuisances of its cultivation trivial.
Scientists have been experimenting with Eucalyptamint to further explore it’s benefits but we already know that eucalyptus tends to act as a pain reliever. It has been used to treat muscle and joint pain linked to strains and sprains, arthritis, bruising, and backache. The eucalyptus causes a reaction within your body that helps relieve pain. It’s very useful to athletes as a passive form of warm-up to relax and relieve muscle and joint tension
Eucalyptus is widely used as a natural cold remedy and is fairly common in cold and cough products. Eucalyptus contains eucalyptol which helps decrease mucus and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Research indicates that it is tied to reducing cough frequency, nasal congestion, and headache by decreasing inflammation and mucus buildup. For these reasons, scientists are researching whether eucalyptol can help improve asthma symptoms.
Immune System Stimulation
Eucalyptus oil has also been linked to stimulating the immune system Researchers found that Eucalyptus oil could enhance the immune system's ability to consume and destroy foreign particles within the body. This is a huge deal for people with weakened immune systems due to infection, disease, or genetic disorders.
Surprisingly enough, on top of all these benefits, eucalyptus is all the buzz in the dental field. Eucalyptus leaf extract has been found to significantly decrease plaque buildup on teeth and reduce the risk of gum disease. It’s added to many types of mouthwash and other oral health products. Eucalyptus also appears to be active in fighting bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontitis. Chewing gum that has eucalyptus extract is an easy and effective way to promote dental health!
Reduces Blood Pressure and Stress
We’re always seeing eucalyptus oil essential oils promising to reduce stress but how can that be? Well, as it happens, studies have shown that inhaling eucalyptus oil can promote reduced blood pressure. It’s been used to reduce stress in patients undergoing intense surgeries both before and after because it helps quell anxiety and promote relaxation. This is the primary reason you’ll see a lot of diffusers and humidifiers incorporating eucalyptus.
As crazy as it sounds, eucalyptus even works as an insect repellant. In fact, it’s even officially registered by the government as an insecticide and miticide for killing mites and ticks. The same eucalyptol that helps ease respiratory related issues is also a highly effective mosquito repellant. If that’s not enough, researchers are now looking to eucalyptus as a more effective treatment for lice.
Eucalyptus has many incredible benefits. From decreasing pain, promoting relaxation, and relieving cold symptoms, no wonder it’s in everything! It’s super helpful for your medical and mental health and there are so many ways to incorporate it into your life. There are soaps, ointments, muscle relieving creams, essential oils, humidifiers, candles, vapor rubs, bath salts, deodorants, and even chewing gum. Our advice to you; get some eucalyptus in your life!
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