TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — While I was fighting off a cold recently, it seemed like my bottle of eucalyptus essential oil didn’t leave my side.
This native of Australia has as many as 700 different species. The tree’s height ranges anywhere from 30-480 feet dependent upon the specific genus of eucalyptus. The oil is obtained by distilling the leaves and twigs of the tree.
Eucalyptus has a scent similar to that of peppermint, very refreshing and cleansing in odor. Before hopping in the shower, I rubbed a few drops against my chest and then stood in the tub allowing the steam to mix with the oil to create a relieving vapor. There is nothing quite as amazing as open nasal passages after a night of sniffling.
I am so happy to be able to use this cooling and stimulating oil in place of over-the-counter medications that would most likely make me feel groggy and blasé.
Once I am completely over my bug I will diffuse this oil around my house in order to cleanse and purify the environment from all of the stale, sick air.
Eucalyptus is a great oil to ward off sore throats, congestion, infections and pain, while simultaneously purifying the area.
Therefore, you can use it to heal the ill and clean up all in the same session. In the past people have been relocated to areas abundant in Eucalyptus trees in order to heal from various illnesses.
During massage this oil can really give sore and tired muscles a rest. The oil helps to improve circulation, increase mental clarity and elevate energy levels, so make it a part of your morning routine rather than your evening routine.
It can be a wonderful deodorant and disinfectant, try a bit in place of your standard perfume or after-shave.
Ask for a combination of eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils during your next massage to give you an alert and healthy start to your week!
Sarah McCallum is a massage therapist at North Lake Massage & Skin Care.