Derived from the leaf of a tall evergreen tree, Eucalyptus oil offers many topical and aromatic benefits. Because the main chemical components of Eucalyptus oil are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, this essential oil has a soothing, cooling vapor. These effects make Eucalyptus oil ideal for a soothing massage. The benefits of Eucalyptus oil can be easily obtained through inhaling and diffusing. Aromatically, the compounds of Eucalyptus oil can promote feelings of a clear mind and relaxation. Eucalyptus oil also contains strong purifying properties that are advantageous for the skin and can be used to cleanse surfaces and the air. Due to its cleansing properties, Eucalyptus oil is found in mouth rinses to freshen breath and promote oral health.
Eucalyptus Oil Uses and Benefits
Eucalyptus trees are sometimes referred to as Gum Trees.
Chemistry of Eucalyptus Oil
Main Chemical Components: Eucalyptol, alpha-terpineol
The two main chemical components of Eucalyptus oil are Eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol. Eucalyptol is one of several prominent oxides found in a specific group of essential oils. These oxides provide many powerful benefits, most of which are found in Eucalyptus oil. Many oxides, such as Eucalyptol, offer powerful cleansing benefits and a produce a soothing, cooling vapor. When specific oxides are applied topically, they can also rejuvenate and invigorate the skin. Eucalyptus oil contains a very high concentration of Eucalyptol, which makes Eucalyptus oil an ideal oil for obtaining many of these oxide benefits.
Essential Oil Spotlight
The eucalyptus plant is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 50 feet in height. Growing from this perennial are hundreds of eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus leaves are thin, long, and green in color. Eucalyptus essential oil is extracted from the leaves.
(Taken from the book “Emotions and Essential oils”)
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