Achieving health via natural means is a concept that’s more popular than ever. Plant medicine is a big part of natural health. Whether in the form of essential oils, oral medication, or beauty products, plants like eucalyptus can offer a wide range of benefits. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at how eucalyptus soap benefits the skin and how other formulations help hair and overall health.
More About the Eucalyptus Plant
There are hundreds of species of eucalyptus, but the thread that connects them all is their strong scent. The powerful, cooling, and medicine-like aroma of the oil is all thanks to the ingredient eucalyptol, found in the species eucalyptus globulus. This essential oil is derived from the leaves of the plant, which are dried before being crushed and steam-distilled to extract their oil.
Eucalyptol itself is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory that’s also a powerful expectorant and an antioxidant that can fight off bacteria and viruses. It also has anti-fungal properties, making it an ideal ingredient for eucalyptus hand soap.
Eucalyptus Benefits for the Skin
The skin is the largest organ on our bodies, and it’s also an efficient messenger. Whenever something is going on inside our bodies, the skin will let us know in various ways. Skin conditions like dandruff, acne, and rashes can all be effectively treated with oil from the plant or soap containing this ingredient.
How the Scalp Can Benefit
Dandruff is most commonly caused by a fungus that can seem almost impossible to get rid of. Enter concentrated eucalyptus oil. Simply mix a few drops with a carrier oil like coconut, apply to the scalp, and enjoy relief from dryness, itchiness, and scaling.
Those who struggle with hair loss may realize a host of benefits with eucalyptus oil. When applied to the scalp with a carrier oil, the essential oil stimulates blood circulation, which follicles need to produce strong and healthy hair.
This oil is also used by those who want to keep their hair looking great. Applying it directly to your hair will add lots of shine. Being a natural moisturizer, eucalyptus can also help with frizz and dryness, too.
Those with rashes can get lots of relief from the anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus. A drop of oil applied gently to a rash overnight can drastically reduce redness and irritation as it helps heal and protect the skin from secondary infection. Have a cut, bite, burn, or sore? Applying diluted eucalyptus oil can drastically reduce healing time by cleaning and protecting the skin.
The bacteria that causes acne can be eliminated with frequent diluted eucalyptus oil applications. This oil can help to heal acne in several ways. It:
- Addresses excess sebum production with its pore and sebum gland-reducing properties
- Kills acne-causing bacteria
- Reduces skin redness
- Reduces the pain and discomfort of acne
In addition to helping to eliminate acne, eucalyptus also helps to restore skin health by increasing ceramide in the upper layer, or epidermis, of the skin. Ceramides hold the skin together, providing elasticity, suppleness, and firmness.
Assists with Breathing
We’ve all experienced clogged sinuses as the result of respiratory conditions, allergies, or colds. Reaching for a bottle of eucalyptus oil can certainly help make breathing easier. Sinus congestion can be eliminated by placing a few drops of the oil in a bowl of hot water and then placing a towel over the head and inhaling the vapors.
From asthma and COPD to bronchitis and coughing, there are many eucalyptus oil benefits. It has been found via many studies to increase the circulation of blood in the lungs and reduce inflammation to make breathing easier. Its expectorant properties provide help removing toxins that can cause coughing.
Ear Infection and Headache Relief
The sinuses and ears are connected, so, if your sinuses are painful, this can lead to fluid buildup and infection in the ears. Eucalyptus’s expectorant benefits can be used for the ears as well, helping to reduce fluid buildup as it eliminates infection-causing bacteria.
This oil is also ideal for relieving headaches. Because it stimulates your blood flow, eucalyptus can relax muscles in the face. Inhaling it can also help to calm the inner stress that sometimes contributes to headaches.
Help for Overworked Muscles and Painful Joints
When muscles are tense or sore, mix up a batch of liniment by combining a few drops of jojoba, argan, or another carrier oil with up to two drops of eucalyptus essential oil and a drop of peppermint. Rub into painful areas and enjoy the soothing and muscle-relaxing benefits without any chemicals.
Those with joint pain due to arthritis and other conditions can also be relieved with the anti-inflammatory properties of this plant. Simply use the same mixture above and apply to sore joints.
How Eucalyptus Oil Boosts the Immune System
Our immune systems destroy foreign invaders via the process of phagocytosis. Eucalyptus oil’s stimulating properties have also been found to stimulate the phagocytosis, or immune system, response.
This oil can also be very effective when a few drops are placed in an essential oil diffuser with water or when included as an ingredient in eucalyptus soap.
Try Combining Oils for Even More Benefits
Eucalyptus oil is powerful by itself; combined with other oils, you can reap even more health benefits. For example, peppermint’s cooling properties when combined with the stimulant properties of eucalyptus can make for an effective hot/cold treatment for tense or sore muscles.
Adding lemon to the above blend and placing it in a diffuser also helps to clear your home of viruses and bacteria, important during the winter months when we are indoors more breathing less fresh air.
Ginger is another ideal anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial oil that can work well in combination with eucalyptus and peppermint. This can be used to combat viruses via diffusion into the air or topically for muscles.
Adding orange to eucalyptus in a diffuser not only provides your home with a lovely scent, but the orange helps to boost your mood, too.
Get All the Benefits of Powerful Eucalyptus Oil Here
The stimulating properties of this oil are easy to get when you make essential oil blends, liniments, or other formulations, but it’s also nice to know that there are many products you can buy that include the amazing health-boosting properties of this plant.
One great example is the eucalyptus soap bar available from the LELU SOAP LAB. For this one, we’ve added tea tree oil because tea tree is another powerful oil that helps soothe skin and reduce inflammation and redness. Because it also contains several moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, castor oil, and organic sunflower oil, your skin will feel soft and supple.
This particular eucalyptus soap for the face is also ideal if your skin is oily or prone to acne; we’ve included kaolin clay, which offers natural oil-absorbing and detoxifying properties. When you combine the power of these ingredients, you get a soap bar that works overtime on your skin, improving its health as it clears your sinuses and reduces overall stress.
LELU SOAP LAB is dedicated to the use of clean and natural ingredients in all of the products we create. All of our bubble bars, soaps, bath bombs, and fizzies are detergent-free and never tested on animals. Visit our website for more information, or drop by our display at the Thoughtful Creations Gift Shop at 8047 La Mesa Blvd in California or Local Niche UTC 4373 La Jolla Village Drive G10, San Diego California. Here’s to your good health!