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Known for its distinct and uplifting smell, eucalyptus is used in most spas for aromatherapy and in many household products to help give that welcoming scent. But why are we so attracted to eucalyptuses aroma? It could possibly be from the unique benefits that the oil has on the human body.
Eucalyptus is an oil made from a Myrtaceace tree species found in Australia, Tasmania and island adjacent. There are more than five hundred species of eucalyptus, however, only two types are known to be used as essential oils for medical properties.
Soothes Seasonal Allergies: Studies published found that eucalyptus oil manifests antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties resulting in a immuno-regulatory effects when the body comes in contact with an allergen
Mental Clarity: Eucalyptus clears the pathway for oxygen to reach the lungs and brain, thus relieving "brain fog" by increasing brain activity
Supports Stress Relief: Has soothing and purifying properties via modulating of the central neurotransmitter system; the oils helps to balance chemicals in the brain
Fights infections: Its main component, eucalyptol, has antimicrobial effects against strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi, which help fight viruses
Helps Earaches: Eucalyptus oil works as an expectorant which helps to unclog the respiratory tract, as well as, having antimicrobial properties that help fight infections that may cause fluid to build in the ear canal, the oil can be used to improve ear infection and earaches
Aids Asthma and Bronchitis: Research shows that cineole, is the major active ingredient in eucalyptus, which helps to reduce inflammation from bronchitis and inhibits the hyper-secretion of airway proteins. Ultimately, the oil opens the respiratory system allowing for a greater flow of oxygen to the body
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jocelyn's passion to help others drives her work here at FUM. Jocelyn uses her research knowledge to bring information to the FUM Family on how to improve health. She graduated with a degree in Business Management and Organizational Communication from University of Ottawa and currently lives in Calgary, Canada.