How Is Eucalyptus Extract Oil Good for You?
Eucalyptus is a myrtle family plant native to Australia, these leaves are covered with oil glands and have a natural menthol odor, similar to mint leaves. There are many species of eucalyptus, and almost all parts of the plant have medicinal and aromatic properties, including oily leaves, bark, and roots. Aboriginal Australians and early European explorers have used eucalyptus leaves for centuries as an adjunct to coughs.
Eucalyptus extract oil is a kind of plant essential oil derived from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. It contains various compounds like flavonoids and terpenoids, with the primary active ingredient being eucalyptol (also known as cineole). It has powerful properties of antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, promoting osmosis, insecticidal, repellent and itchy. The chemical components vary depending on the species of eucalyptus and the extraction process. For example, extract from the leaves of Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus exserta and Eucalyptus radiata have been used in medicinal because of their bactericidal effect, while lemon eucalyptus oil, Eucalyptus globulus extract have more the application of flavor and fragrant use. Eucalyptus oil can contain a wide range of other compounds, including terpenes, flavonoids, and other antioxidants:
- Eucalyptol (Cineole):
These compounds have been found to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and expectorant properties, and can often help fight oxidative stress and support the respiratory and immune systems. They may also have analgesic properties and may help reduce joint pain when used topically. Another benefit of inhaling its vapor can help promote relaxation, help clear the airways and reduce anxiety and blood pressure.
Benefits and Uses of Eucalyptus Extract Oil
Good for respiratory health
The primary active compound in eucalyptus oil is eucalyptol(cineole), which is responsible for many of its therapeutic properties. According to research, eucalyptus is an excellent natural remedy for alleviating nasal congestion and coughs. Cineole has been shown to have antibacterial effects against many bacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as viruses and fungi (including Candida). Studies have pointed out that eucalyptus oil has a strong bactericidal effect, can relieve colds, mucositis, allergies, bronchitis, influenza, throat infections, asthma and other problems, and plays an important role in maintaining respiratory health. Includes:
- Sore throat
- Phlegm, nasal congestion and mucus buildup
- Respiratory infection
- Headache caused by sinus pressure
- Symptoms associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
In addition, eucalyptol(cineole) has been shown in some studies to help improve asthma symptoms. In one study, 600 mg of eucalyptus oil per day was compared to a placebo over a period of 12 weeks. The eucalyptus cineole group had significantly less need for steroid medications used to control symptoms than the placebo group. The researchers involved in the study attribute the anti-inflammatory effects of cineole to the observed improvement in asthma symptoms. Cineole has been found to inhibit arachidonic acid metabolism and cytokine production which possibly leads to severe asthma.
Supports healthy skin
Eucalyptus leaf extract has therapeutic effects when applied to dry or sensitive skin. When diluted properly, eucalyptus oil can be used as a part of skincare routines to address issues like acne and oily skin. Some studies have shown that it can increase ceramide production in the skin, which increases moisture and forms a protective barrier, reducing dryness, redness, itching, and scaling. One study found that applying a lotion containing eucalyptus extract topically to participants’ dry and scaly scalps helped improve quality of life and symptoms associated with atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, or scalp pityriasis.
Promote dental health
Eucalyptus oil is an ingredient in some mouthwashes and dental products due to its ability to kill bacteria and reduce bad breath. Eucalyptus leaf extract helps with periodontal health by cleaning the inside of your mouth. It is sometimes added to mouthwashes and gums to help prevent plaque buildup, clean gums and reduce bleeding, and to help control inflammation and bacterial growth that can lead to gum disease.
Analgesic and promote healing
Eucalyptus oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial and can be used topically to relieve muscle and joint pain. It is often found in topical creams and ointments. It has antimicrobial properties and can be applied to minor cuts, wounds, and insect bites to prevent infection.
Reduce mental fatigue
The aroma of eucalyptus oil is invigorating and can help reduce mental fatigue and increase alertness. It is commonly used in aromatherapy to boost mood and mental clarity. It can also be added to diffusers to improve air quality and provide a refreshing scent in your living space.
In conclusion, adding eucalyptus oil to your routine has numerous benefits including relieving coughs, sore throats, sinus headaches and asthma symptoms, and other uses include refreshing the mind, promoting wound healing, soothing dry or irritated skin and preventing gum disease, among others. However, pregnant or nursing women and young children should use eucalyptus oil with caution or under the guidance of a healthcare provider. It is toxic if ingested in large quantities and can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes if not properly diluted especially if you have any underlying health conditions.