Native to Australia, eucalyptus oil is extracted from the long, narrow leaves and twigs of the eucalyptus tree. It’s commonly used in inhalers, balms and rubs used to help soothe the symptoms of colds and flus, and is particularly helpful as a decongestant for unblocking congested sinuses.
Eucalyptus also helps to relieve tension in the facial muscles, and can therefore help ease tension headaches. It can also boost energy levels and give mental clarity.
The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus mean that it can be helpful for alleviating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Applied to the skin, eucalyptus can also help soothe the pain and discomfort associated with burns, infections, cuts, blisters, chicken pox, shingles and herpes, and the irritation of insect bites. It can also be used to prevent insect bites as a repellent.