All About Eucalyptus Oil: The Facts
Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree which is native to Australia.
Eucalypts account for about three quarters of all Australian tree flora.
Not all eucalypts are the same. Each of the 20 different species of the tree produce an oil with a unique chemical composition.
Eucalyptus Oil Production
Eucalyptus leaves are harvested before being taken to a distillery. Vapours are extracted from the leaves before they are condensed into a mixture of oil and water.
The oil, being lighter, floats to the top of the water and is decanted off the water.
The oil is later redistilled to remove impurities.
Eucalyptus Oil has been used for over 100 years in relieving the symptoms of respiratory disorders. It is especially beneficial when suffering from symptoms of cold and flu.
Eucalyptus oil is used widely in many medicinal products such as rubs, inhalers, creams and mouthwashes. Many people may be surprised to hear the Eucalyptus oil can be beneficial in the treatment of joint and muscle pain.
Joint & Muscle Pain
Eucalyptus Oil is both analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature. When massaged on to areas of muscle pain and joint stiffness, eucalyptus oil can help relieve pain and reduce swelling.
When used as a component of a massage rub, eucalyptus oil can prove to be a potent ingredient in possibly delivering relief to sufferers of muscle and joint pain.