Posted on February 24 2020
Maybe you’ve never seen a eucalyptus tree, but you might have chewed eucalyptus, gargled it, or applied it to your skin without even knowing! That’s because eucalyptus benefits are numerous, and it can be found in tons of everyday products.
If you’re wondering how eucalyptus can make your life better, stick around. At Babo Botanicals, we’re big fans of this plant and all the benefits it offers!
But before we get to that, let’s start by talking about what eucalyptus is exactly.
What Is Eucalyptus?
Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree. While it’s native to the great down under of Australia, it now grows in other places of the world as well.
Other than doing their tree thing and being great for the environment and the air we breathe, how do eucalyptus trees benefit us? And how do these trees make their way into our homes?
There are a few ways we humans use the eucalyptus plant. Let’s take a look!
Some people literally bring the plant into their house by hanging eucalyptus leaves in their shower for a bit of humid aromatherapy.
Tea is another way that the leaves are used. Dried leaves are ground up to make a healthy eucalyptus tea.
Eucalyptus oil is also made from the leaves of the tree.
One of the main sources of this oil is a specific species of the eucalyptus tree called eucalyptus globulus. The leaves of this species are distilled to make eucalyptus essential oil.
This medicinal oil can be used in a variety of ways. You can inhale it (think essential oil diffuser), combine it with a carrier oil to apply it topically, and even use a few drops of it to make homemade bug repellent, cleaning products, and the like.
Eucalyptus oil contains a natural organic compound called eucalyptol, which is the component that provides so many health benefits!
In addition to putting the raw leaves and oil to good use, the eucalyptol found in eucalyptus is used as an ingredient in products like mouthwash and lotion.
As you can see, eucalyptus is used in many ways, from the most basic use of its whole leaves to the extraction of one of its beneficial organic compounds.
Now that you have a better idea of what eucalyptus is and where it can be found, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this plant!
8 Amazing Eucalyptus Benefits
After you find out all of the great things that eucalyptus can do, you’ll probably be tempted to go crazy with it.
But before you do, it’s important to note that eucalyptus oil should not be consumed because it can be toxic if ingested! That being said, it’s completely safe to drink eucalyptus tea.
Secondly, as with any new product (even natural ones) that you’re applying to your skin, you should test eucalyptus on a small area before applying it all over. Some ingredients could cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Remember, you can always chat with your doctor if you’re wondering about how eucalyptus can specifically help you!
Now, let’s talk about eight of the incredible eucalyptus benefits!
1) Eucalyptus Is Antibacterial And Antifungal
Because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties, eucalyptus is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, like cuts, cold sores, and athlete's foot.
In fact, we use organic Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil in our Sensitive Skin All Natural Healing Ointment. This moisturizing ointment can be used for a variety of skin concerns — eczema, cracked heels and feet, insect bites, dry skin, poison ivy, and more!
In addition to eucalyptus oil, this soothing formula contains medical-grade colloidal oatmeal, shea, and cocoa butter.
The goodness of eucalyptus for your skin doesn’t stop there! We’ve got a similar ointment made just for babies.
Treat the whole family to the benefits of eucalyptus!
2) Eucalyptus Can Be Used For Household Cleaning
Say no to chemical-filled cleaning products and yes to eucalyptus! It’s antiseptic, which means it can be used as a disinfecting cleaner all over your house.
Eucalyptus oil works to clean your floors, toilets, stainless steel appliances, sink… We could go on and on!
Make your own cleaning products by adding eucalyptus oil to water, vinegar, or vodka, depending on what you want to clean.
3) Eucalyptus Can Decrease And Clear Mucus
Eucalyptus is great for the common cold for several reasons, one of which is that it helps reduce and break up that yucky mucus that makes you so miserable!
When you breathe eucalyptus in, it works as a decongestant to loosen mucus and relieve congestion. This helps to clear up not only a stuffy nose but also a cough, which is our next point.
4) Eucalyptus Is Good For Your Respiratory Tract
Speaking of using eucalyptus when your nose is stopped up, it’s also good for helping clear up a cough. Plus, it’s beneficial to your respiratory tract in general!
Just as eucalyptus works as a decongestant for your nose, it can also help to loosen mucus when you’re dealing with a cough.
With Babo Botanicals’s Eucalyptus Remedy Organic Soothing Chest Rub, soak in natural vapors of USDA Certified Organic comforting Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Rosemary Oil. This chest rub comforts, calms, and relaxes and is safe for the whole family!
In addition, eucalyptus can help other respiratory ailments — like asthma and bronchitis, for example — by reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system.
5) Eucalyptus Soothes Dry Skin
Your skin has its own natural barrier that works to keep moisture in and protect itself from irritants. Ceramides (a fat) are found in your skin and contribute to keeping that skin barrier healthy.
Where does eucalyptus come in? This plant can actually boost the ceramide level in your skin, helping your skin stay healthy and hydrated.
Expert tip: try Babo Botanicals’s 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash to nourish and soothe your skin!
The plant-based formula gently cleanses while moisturizing and is specially designed for babies, children, and adults with extra-sensitive skin.
6) Eucalyptus Fights Bacteria In Your Mouth
Thanks to its bacteria-fighting properties, eucalyptus is effective at combating the bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
That’s why you’ll find that some of your favorite breath-freshening gum contains eucalyptus. There are also a few types of mouthwash made with eucalyptus. Swish swish!
7) Eucalyptus Is An Insect Repellent
Interestingly enough, in addition to lots of health benefits, eucalyptus can be used as an insect repellent. If you’re trying to stay away from DEET, it’s a great natural alternative!
Eucalyptus works to keep ants, mosquitoes, and other annoying buys away from you and your family! You can purchase a DEET-free bug spray that contains eucalyptus oil or whip up your own bug repellent at home.
Speaking of unwanted bugs, eucalyptus oil is also hailed as a home remedy for head lice.
8) Eucalyptus Helps Relieve Anxiety And Pain
It turns out that this incredible tree can also ease your anxiety and help relieve pain.
Diluting eucalyptus essential oil in a carrier oil and applying it to your skin can give you a break from common aches and pains, like backache, strains or sprains, muscle ache, and arthritis. But applying it directly to your skin isn’t the only way it helps.
In a study entitled “Effect of Eucalyptus Oil Inhalation on Pain and Inflammatory Responses after Total Knee Replacement: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” it was found that inhaling eucalyptus oil reduced a patient’s experience of pain after a total knee replacement.
Eucalyptus also reduced the patient’s blood pressure, which leads us to eucalyptus for anxiety relief (and who doesn’t need that?).
A few whiffs of eucalyptus oil promotes relaxation and helps calm your stress response system. Ahhh...deep breath!
Start Experiencing Eucalyptus Benefits Today
As you can see, eucalyptus is a pretty useful little plant. It’s great for everything from reducing anxiety to cleaning your house and moisturizing your skin.
If you’re not much of a DIY person, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to get the benefits of eucalyptus without having to concoct your own cleaning products or insect repellents.
Start reaping some amazing eucalyptus benefits today with eucalyptus-filled products, like Babo Botanicals’s Eucalyptus Remedy Collection. Your skin will thank you!