9 benefits of eucalyptus oil

When most people think of eucalyptus, visions of koalas lazily munching on eucalyptus leaves in the hot Australian sun probably dance in their heads. While this stereotype is true--koalas do eat eucalyptus leaves and most eucalyptus trees are in Australia--it misses the fact eucalyptus trees are kind of superheroes of the plant world. 
The leaves of the eucalyptus tree, when crushed and vaporized produce eucalyptus oil. The oil has a strong smell that has been described as menthol-like by SFGate. The minty fresh aroma, however, is just  the tip of the iceberg. Eucalyptus oil is an all-natural powerhouse. It contains powerful chemical compounds that make it antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, so that this mighty oil can do things lesser essential oils wouldn't dare. 
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1. Fights Fleas and Ticks
If you’re looking for a natural way to keep your pooch free of fleas and ticks, eucalyptus oil should be your new go to. Eucalyptus oil contains chemical compounds that naturally repel fleas and ticks. The flea-fighting power of eucalyptus oil is also long-lasting according to Geeks of Pets, so you won’t have to keep reapplying it all the time. A word of caution: Don’t use eucalyptus oil on or around cats. They are allergic to the phenols in the oil. 
2. Improves oral health
One of the first things a person sees when they engage you in conversation are your teeth. You can ensure your choppers stay healthy for the long haul by incorporating a little eucalyptus oil in your dental hygiene routine. Eucalyptus oil, according to Medical News Today, fights cavities and gum disease. If you add eucalyptus oil to your oral hygiene plan, the U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends diluting the oil for safety.
3. Provides mental clarity
In a funk? Need a pick me up? Eucalyptus oil can help. The smell alone increases blood flow to the brain, promoting mental acuity, according to Mercola.com.
4. Eradicates inflammation
Eucalyptus oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance. Dr. Axe reports that just inhaling the scent of the oil has been proven to help control chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms. It also can help lower high blood pressure. 
5. Treats wounds
Wounds and burns are no fun, but if you have eucalyptus oil on hand you have an healing ally. Eucalyptus oil is an antiseptic, so when used in a salve or ointment, it can kill the germs and bacteria that try to enter open wounds. It’s also a natural pain reliever. 
6. Helps you keep your body clean
Eucalyptus oil, when mixed with sea salt and Epsom salt is effective at removing dirt, Dr. Axe reports. The preparation can also help rejuvenate your tired appendages. 
7. Helps you keep your house clean
Eucalyptus oil is antimicrobial, according to Green Living Tips, so keep your home germ-free by adding a few drops of the oil to your dish and laundry detergent, window cleaner and anything else you use to clean your house.
8. Relieves Sinus and Allergy Issues
According to Dr. Axe, a study out of New York University Medical School found that study participants who gargled with eucalyptus oil mouthwash noticed faster healing time when they were having bouts with allergies or sinuitis.
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9. Fights cold sores
Cold sore outbreaks are a fact of life for many people. They usually occur around the mouth and are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus type 1. Essential Oils for Everyday Life reports that Eucalyptus oil has been used for hundreds of years to fight viral illnesses such as HSV-1. Just one drop of eucalyptus essential oil, three to four times a day, can ease the pain of a HSV-1 outbreak and reduce the severity of it. 
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