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Eucalyptus blue gum essential oil
100% pure therapeutic grade
Botanical name: Eucalyptus globulus
Plant part: leaves
Extraction method: steam distilled
Description: The blue gum eucalyptus tree is a tall evergreen tree. The young trees have oval bluish-green leaves while the mature trees develop long, narrow, yellowish leaves, creamy-white flowers and a smooth, pale grey bark.
Common uses: Eucalyptus essential oil is fantastic on skin ailments (burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, lice, and skin infections), as well as to combat the effects of colds and the flu. There is also a history of eucalyptus essential oil being applied to sore muscles and joints.
Uses for eucalyptus oil around the house
Aside from medicinal uses, eucalyptus oil can be used around your home to replace many environmentally harsh synthetic chemicals.
Penny, a professional cleaner, has these tips:
'I make a spray and wipe with water, eucalyptus oil and some washing up liquid. The idea comes from a hospital cleaner and works well. Proportions are not rocket science. Fill bottle mostly with water - add a slurp of dishwashing liquid and then a capful or thereabouts of 100% eucalyptus. Shake gently to mix. Works well on all surfaces.
I use it diluted again in a little water in a bucket and it is great for all those finger marks that are hard to move from laminex finishes.'
- You can also make a general disinfectant for toilets, etc, and again, it's a very simple recipe. Mix 50ml of eucalyptus oil with a litre of water. That's it - you can store it as you would a normal disinfectant.
- Eucalyptus oil can be used neat in order to remove sticker/decal residue from glass.
- Add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of eucalyptus oil to your load of washing for a fresh scent along with the antimicrobial benefits.
- Use the oil neat to help remove paint, grease and ink from clothes.
- If you have a hanging car air freshener that's almost dead, reinvigorate it by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
- Half a teaspoon mixed with half a litre of water makes for a good bug repellent for plants.
- Use it as a stainless steel cleaner.
- To use as a room air freshener, Mix a quarter of a teaspooon or 15 drops of eucalyptus oil with a half teaspoon of vodka, place in an atomiser/spray bottle and add 2 cups of water. This should be quite subtle, so you may need to add more.
(Household tips courtesy of www.greenlivingtips.com)
Strength of aroma: strong
Blends well with: pine, thyme, lavender, rosemary, marjoram, cedarwood and lemon.
Aromatic scent: Eucalyptus has a very herbaceous scent. It also has soft wood
History: Eucalyptus essential oil has long been used in homes in Australia. In Spain, the timber of eucalyptus was used in construction.
Cautions: Very potent and not to be used on sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.
Everyday, super simple uses for essential oils
Essential oils are used to fragrance soap (2%-3%), balms (0.5%), skin creams and butters (0.5%).
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