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Eucalyptus Oil Beauty Hacks

Eucalyptus oil can be a powerful component in your health and beauty arsenal. It comes with a sharp scent that is almost menthol-like in nature, and it will clear out sinuses instantly. Like the name suggests, it comes from that leafy evergreen plant koala bears are always munching on in Australia, though there are hundreds of eucalyptus types that produce an essential oil.

It’s commonly used to treat health problems like colds, fevers and sinus issues due to its strong antibacterial, expectorant and pain relief properties. From a beauty standpoint, eucalyptus oil is great for dental health, stimulating mental activity and alertness to reduce appearances of fatigue and it aids in moisturizing. Below are several methods to put eucalyptus oil to use.

Clear Up Colds

One of the biggest enemies to looking your best is a pesky cold. Eucalyptus oil’s healing properties can come to the rescue here. You can add a few drops to a pan of boiling water and put your head over the steam. Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam. Breathe for about 15 minutes, and you should feel your sinuses clearing up. Its strong antibacterial properties will also help clear the cold out faster. You can also just breathe the oil straight for 30 seconds throughout the day, or add a few drops to a humidifier.

Augment Moisturization

By itself, eucalyptus oil doesn’t soak into the skin too well. Add a drop to a splash of coconut oil for an all over moisturizing solution. You can rub a small bit of the mixture into your skin, or for heavy-duty dryness, soak the area in the mixture and then let it sit overnight under a cloth covering. Rinse in the morning.

Use As Mouthwash

Due to eucalyptus oil’s strong antibacterial qualities, it makes a great mouthwash to promote oral health. The soothing, yet sharp, scent should also clear away odor problems. Simply add a few drops to a cup of distilled water, and rinse your mouth like you would with a regular mouthwash. Make sure not to swallow any.

Treat Skin Abrasions

This is another oil that works great for treating and clearing up wounds. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits work well with insect bites, cuts, scrapes, sores and even ulcers. Apply a small bit of the oil directly to the abrasion with a Q-tip a couple times a day until the sore is healed.

Add To Your Commercial Cleaners

Due to its antibacterial properties, eucalyptus oil is commonly added to commercial cleaners. For a DIY option, add it to your commercial liquid soap for an extra cleansing, moisturizing and deodorizing boost. It will give your soap an extra mentally invigorating scent. As a little tip, get a non-scented soap so you can add your own essential oils and customize the scent.

Use In A Sauna Or Bath

Eucalyptus oil is a popular additive to saunas and baths. Just add a few drops to a bubble bath. In a sauna, mix 10 drops of essential oil with a bucket of water and add a ladle of water to the hot rocks every so often. Another option is to spray the sauna with water and essential oil added to the potency of your choice.

Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.