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Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil And Its Side Effects

Diluted eucalyptus oil is taken orally for pain and inflammation of respiratory tract, mucous membranes, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinus pain and inflammation. It is also used as an antiseptic, insect repellent, and treatment option for wounds, burns, and ulcer.

Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Eucalyptus Oil
Nutritional Value of Eucalyptus Oil
Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
Heals Wounds
Treats Respiratory Problems
Removes Mental Exhaustion
Relieves Muscle Pain
Dental Care
Eliminates Lice
Removes Intestinal Germs
Manages Diabetes
Treats Fever
Room Freshener
Used as Soap
Treats Tuberculosis & Pneumonia
Uses of Eucalyptus Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Eucalyptus Oil
Cultivation of Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is a pure essential oil which has practical and industrial uses along with its healing properties. Eucalyptus oil is the common name for distilled oil produced from the leaf of the eucalyptus tree, belonging to the plant family of Myrtaceae which is native to Australia and is cultivated worldwide. Eucalyptus oil has a history of wide application, as a pharmaceutical, antiseptic, repellent, flavouring, fragrance and industrial uses. The leaves of selected eucalyptus species are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil.

Nutritional Value of Eucalyptus Oil

Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

Heals Wounds

Because of its germicidal qualities eucalyptus oil has antiseptic qualities. Therefore, eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions, and sores. It is also an effective ointment for insect bites and stings. Besides soothing the affected area, it also protects the open wound or irritated skin from developing infections due to microbial activity and exposure to air.

Treats Respiratory Problems

Eucalyptus essential oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and decongestant properties, which makes it a valuable ingredient in a wide variety of medicines that treat respiratory problems. A study published in ‘Laryngoscope’ journal in 2004 shows its usefulness in treating non-bacterial sinusitis. Patients who were suffering from non-bacterial sinusitis showed faster improvement when given the medicine containing eucalyptus oil. Doctors recommend doing gargles with eucalyptus oil mixed in warm water as they are consistently effective in treating sore throats.

Removes Mental Exhaustion

One of the most important reasons why many people use eucalyptus oil is because it creates a cooling and refreshing sensation when applied. In some cases, people who suffer from certain conditions and disorders feel slightly sluggish. Eucalyptus oil, as a stimulant, helps removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness thus, rejuvenating the spirits of people feeling sick. It is also effective in the treatment of stress and other mental disorders.

Relieves Muscle Pain

If anyone experiencing any kind of joint and/or muscle pain, massaging eucalyptus oil on the skin helps to reduce stress and pain. Eucalyptus oil is also analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature. Hence it is often recommended to patients who suffer from rheumatism, sprained ligaments, lumbago, and tendons, aches, stiff muscles, fibrosis and even nerve pain. The oil should be massaged in a circular motion on the affected areas of the body.

Dental Care

Eucalyptus oil is very effective against dental plaque, cavities, gingivitis and other dental related infections due to its germicidal properties. This is why eucalyptus oil is commonly found as an active ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash and other dental hygiene products.

Eliminates Lice

One of its most well-known qualities is that of a bug repellent and natural pesticide, it is frequently used as a natural treatment for lice. A lot of the most used, mainstream treatments of lice can be very severe and in some cases damaging to the hair, as well as packed with dangerous chemicals that should not be absorbed into your skin, so combine a few drops of eucalyptus oil through a lice-infested head is a much better and healthier solution.

Removes Intestinal Germs

Eucalyptus oil being a vermifuge is frequently employed to eliminate germs in the intestine. Medical records have shown that ingesting eucalyptus oil can deter many of the bacterial, microbial, and parasitic conditions that arise in the various parts of the body, particularly susceptible areas like the colon and intestine.

Manages Diabetes

Eeucalyptus oil on ingesting can help control blood sugar. Its qualities as a vasodilator, means that the entire body benefits from the increase in blood circulation. Patients suffering from diabetes commonly lack of good circulation, and this can be very dangerous, even resulting in amputation or death. Therefore, it is a good idea to regularly massage eucalyptus oil onto the skin topically, and also inhale it as a vapor to ease the constriction of blood vessels. For best results, it is advised to massage it onto the skin after a shower. The vasodilating and relaxing qualities will benefit diabetics.

Treats Fever

Eucalyptus oil is also used for treating fever and reducing the body temperature. This is why one of the common names of eucalyptus oil is “fever oil”. It works well when combined with peppermint oil and sprayed on the body as a mixture of a deodorant and a temperature reducer.

Room Freshener

The antiseptic and deodorant qualities of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air, keeping the environment of the rooms clean and sterilized.

Used as Soap

Eucalyptus oil is frequently used in soaps, detergents, and household cleaners. This is primarily due to its pleasant aroma and effect as a deodorant, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent.

Treats Tuberculosis & Pneumonia

Eucalyptus oil is full of antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, and when massaged on the chest and used as a vapor rub or inhalant, it can ease the signs of harmful conditions such as tuberculosis by clearing the lungs and reducing inflammation. It is best if applied to both, the chest and the back, over the area of the lungs.

Uses of Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is used to treat arthritis, early research suggests that aromatherapy with a combination of eucalyptus oil, rosemary, marjoram, lavender, and peppermint oils might reduce pain and depression in people with arthritis. Eucalyptol, which is a chemical found in eucalyptus oil, might be able to break up mucous in people with asthma. Some people who suffer from severe asthma have been able to lower their dosage of steroid medications if they take eucalyptol. Doctors suggests that chewing gum containing 0.3% eucalyptus extract might reduce dental plaque in some people. Research suggests that applying a combination product containing eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, and ethanol to the head does not reduce pain in people with headaches.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is perhaps unsafe when applied directly to the skin without first being diluted. Eucalyptus oil is likely unsafe when it is taken by mouth without first being diluted. Doctors say taking 3.5 ml of undiluted oil can be fatal. Signs of eucalyptus poisoning might include stomach pain and burning, dizziness, muscle weakness, small eye pupils, feelings of suffocation, and some others. Eucalyptus oil can also cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Cultivation of Eucalyptus Oil

There are several hundreds of species of Eucalyptus that have been shown to contain volatile oil, though probably fewer than 20 of these have ever been used commercially for oil production. Today, fewer than a dozen species are utilized in different parts of the world, of which six account for the greater part of world production of eucalyptus oils. When leaf oil is to be a product of new eucalypt plantings the choice of species will depend on the particular environmental conditions that prevail at the intended site. Although most species of Eucalyptus provide an oil on distillation, its economic recovery requires the oil to be of good quality (at least 60-65 percent cineole in the case of a medicinal-type oil) and produced in high yields.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have sinus problem.in winter I often suffering from cold. How can I overcome this problem.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Take tab Lakshmivilasa Ras 1 tab 3 times a day and cap. Sinarid 1cap three times a day. Avoid cold and refrigerated food and oil fried food and sweets. Do steam inhalation with 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil added to it wear warm clothing.

My father BP Jain undergone angiography and angioplasty last year. Now he is having respiratory problems. Medications he is taking is concor5 mg, amlopres5, foracort 400 ,and ecosprin75 /20. Can you please suggest should we go ahead with lung detox home based things also. Am thinking of eucalyptus oil steam treatment .Also can you please suggest any other things as well. His heart reports are normal and NT pro BNP is 152.4.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS - Physician )
Cardiologist, Delhi
1) Please get him evaluated by a pulmonologist to rule out any lung problems like Asthma or COPD etc, because if he has a lung problem then concor needs to be stopped as it worsens respiratory issues and will also decrease his respiratory problem. 2) If there is an underlying lung problem then his treatment needs to be optimised. 3) do not take the oil steam therapy unless a pulmonologist clears it because at times it can further worsen the underlying lung issue.

I have no beard properly. So that I ask to u.which vitamins capsules I eat. Than grow beard on my face. Plzzzz tell me about.

General Physician, Pudukkottai
Hi 1.clean the area with moisturiser often. 2.take b complex tablets {biotin} 3.use eucalyptus oil in the beard area. All the best.

Sir muje sinus problm h OR mera Indian air force ka medical 9january ko h. Sir y problem kaise shi hogi.

MD - Social & Preventive Medicine / Community Medicine, MBBS, AFIH, Certificate course in Management and Prevention of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease, Certificate course in Management of Thyroid Disorder, Certificate course in management of Hypertension
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Take steam by putting eucalyptus oil two times a day. Find out the cause of allergy and remove the cause this can also reduce your sinus problem.
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Popular Health Tips

How To Treat Flu In Adults?

DDF, FCCP, MD , MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
How To Treat Flu In Adults?

Having a fever makes you feel weak such that you don’t feel like doing anything. Medical treatment for flu includes usage of antiviral drugs as prescribed for decreasing the severity and duration of the infection. You may also consult your doctor to know about the antibiotics that can treat bacterial infections which may arise as an effect of flu. However, antibiotics are not always required for treating viral infections like flu. On the contrary, you can also follow a few home remedies to get rid of your suffering.

Home remedies for treating flu
You can treat flu by following a few home remedies like resting in bed and avoiding physical exertion. Hydration is very important and minor pains and aches can be relieved with over-the-counter medications as prescribed by the physician. You should avoid spreading the flu virus and germs and wash your hands often.

  • Stay hydrated: You should drink ample amount of water, clear soup and fruit juices. Though flu causes appetite loss, you should not depend on water entirely, as it doesn’t contain enough amount of electrolytes that are required for your body to function optimally. Energy drinks can also help you in this respect. In case these products are not available, you can also prepare a homemade solution by mixing plain or rice water with sugar and a pinch of salt. You can also enhance the taste by adding orange juice and freshly cut bananas, and you can drink it right away irrespective of your age.
  • Getting rid of coughThough expectorants and cough suppressants would help the cough to subside, steam inhalations can also prove to be useful for opening a blocked nose. To create steam, pour water in a pot and heat it. After removing the pot from the stove, cover your head with the towel and inhale the steam. The water should be hot, but not boiling, and you can also add eucalyptus oil and few slices of ginger to the hot water. Another way is to steam up your bathroom by allowing the shower to run with hot water and inhale the moisture from the steamy room. You should refrain from touching hard surfaces where the viruses would remain alive. Sneeze and cough into a soft tissue or a handkerchief and carefully dispose of the tissues once they are used. If possible, stay away from people who have flu.

With these simple homemade tips, you would be able to control the symptoms of flu. But in case it does not subside, you shall have to seek medical assistance. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.

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Viral Throat Infection - How Can You Get Relief?

DNB, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Viral Throat Infection - How Can You Get Relief?

The common reason why most of us get throat infections is because they are viral in nature. This means that if one person gets a throat infection then he transmits it to others by touching, coughing and sneezing etc.
Viral throat infections can be managed easily. There are several home remedies that can alleviate your viral infection. However, it is suggested to consult an ENT specialist if the home remedy is not providing any relief to you.

  1. Gargling: It is one of the most popular methods of treating viral throat infection. All you need to do is mix one tablespoon of salt in 200 ml of water and warm the solution. When the water becomes lukewarm, take a small portion of it and rinse your throat with the solution. Take care that the solution remains within your throat and does not reach your stomach. Rinse your throat for 5 minutes and repeat the procedure after a rest of 2 minutes. Ensure that the water remains lukewarm for effectiveness.
  2. Inhalation: Another common method of ridding yourself of viral throat infections is to inhale steam. Boil some water mixed with eucalyptus oil. When the water starts developing bubbles, take your face near it, cover it and the pot containing water with a dry towel and inhale the steam. This procedure is inconvenient for many people because inhalation results in sweating, but the result is perceptible. You must inhale steam for at least five minutes. Once you are done with inhalation, avoid taking cool fluids like cold water etc., else the effect would be reversed and your infection might get more severe.
  3. Take lots of fluids: Strange as it may sound, viral throat infection can also be treated by taking lots of hot fluids. The warm temperature helps in neutralising the viruses, while the fluids prevent the dehydration of the body. Take hot tea, coffee etc. when you have an infected throat.
  4. Drink hot milk and turmeric: Many mothers administer this solution to their kids to treat throat infections caused by viruses. This concoction is best taken before sleeping in the night. Turmeric has been found to carry several anti-microbial properties.
  5. Avoid smoking: If you are a smoker, you must avoid smoking to alleviate your viral throat infection.
  6. Use decongestants and nasal sprays: These substances make breathing easier by contracting the swollen mucous membranes. Nasal sprays also help relieve runny noses and post-nasal drips, which are so irritating and inconvenient to many. However, avoid administering this remedy to small children. Since these sprays contain synthetic drugs, it is advisable to stick to prescribed dosages for different age groups.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Amazing Benefits Of Black Pepper

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Amazing Benefits Of Black Pepper

Here are 6 amazing black pepper benefits:

1. To prevent cancer: the piperine in black pepper can be credited with the prevention of cancer, and becomes twice as potent when combined with turmeric. The spice also has vitamin c, vitamin a, flavonoids, carotenes and other anti-oxidants that help remove harmful free radicals and protect the body from cancers and diseases. The best way to eat pepper to harness maximum benefits is to eat freshly ground pepper, and not cook it along with food.

2. Stimulates digestion: again, the piperine in black pepper eases digestion and stimulates the stomach, which then secretes more hydrochloric acid that helps to digest proteins in food. So a bit of pepper in food will actually help you to digest it faster.

3. Relieves cold and cough: black pepper is antibacterial in nature, and therefore helps to cure cold and cough. A teaspoon of honey with freshly crushed pepper does the trick. It also helps to alleviate chest congestion, often caused due to pollution, flu, or a viral infection. You can add it to hot water and eucalyptus oil and take steam. And given that black pepper is rich in vitamin c, it also works as a good antibiotic.

4. Enables weight loss: black pepper is brilliant when it comes to extracting nutrients from food. And it's outermost layer contains phytonutrients, which helps to break down fat cells, and also increases metabolism. If you eat fresh pepper, and begin to perspire, that's the pepper helping your body to get rid of excess water and toxins. But you need to control consumption - a pinch with your food (one meal) is enough.

5. Improves skin: it enables blood circulation, and provides the skin with more oxygen. Adding it to your food also takes care of unwarranted skin wrinkles. Black pepper is known to help in the cure of vitiligo, a condition where the skin loses pigmentation, and creates white patches.

6. Addresses depression: the piperine in black pepper helps to deal with depression. It stimulates the brain, and helps it to function properly by making it more active.
 

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Cough & Cold - 12 Tips To Help You Prevent It!

MBBS, MD - Aerospace Medicine, Eular Certification in Rheumatology
General Physician, Pune
Cough & Cold - 12 Tips To Help You Prevent It!

One thing that a weather change brings about is lung infections - most commonly cough and cold. Most people dread the change of seasons from one temperature to another because of the fear of how their body will react to the weather change. Be it extreme hot or cold, most people end up with a cough and cold. The more affected age groups again are the children and the elderly. However, all it takes to prevent this is to plan a little so that the body can get used to the change and not react with a cough or cold.

Prevention: There are few things that can be done which can help avoid catching cold.

  1. Avoid sudden exposure to cold, from a heated room to the cold outdoors, especially in the evening and morning. Those who are used to a morning and evening walk may have to change the routine.
  2. Avoid cold food items such as cool drinks, milk shakes and ice-creams.
  3. Having a warm bath, early morning and late evening is advisable.
  4. Avoid foods such as sour stuffs, pickles and fried foods.
  5. Eat small, frequent meals that are prepared fresh are nutritious and of moderate temperature.
  6. If there are infected people in your neighborhood, avoid being in close contact with them as you might get infected as well.
  7. Wash your hands enough to keep them free of germs
  8. As much as cold weather does not make you thirsty, push enough fluids so that your body stays hydrated. If water is not appealing enough, drink warm water or tea or lime.
  9. Ensure the house, especially kitchen and bathroom are clean and disinfected.
  10. Avoid exposure to dust and pollen as they carry lot of germs.
  11. Avoid staying in a poorly ventilated room, enough circulation ensures germs are not concentrated in one room
  12. Timely vaccination against flu

Treatment: Despite these measures, once the cough and cold has set in, the following are some easy remedies:

  1. Steam inhalation, preferably with eucalyptus oil added to it.
  2. Having warm soup with ginger and garlic added to it to soothe the throat
  3. Ginger and other spices like cardamom and cinnamon can also be added to tea.
  4. Lemon and honey can be added to a glass of warm water. This will soothe the throat and help fight cold.
  5. Chewing Tulsi leaves can be beneficial
  6. Yoga exercises such as Pranayama and Jalneti can be done to cleanse the nasal cavity, prevent sinus congestion, and clear mucus. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.
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How Ayurveda Helps Manage Chest Congestion?

B.A. Sanskrit, BAMS, M.A. Sanskrit, MS -Gynaecology Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Thane
How Ayurveda Helps Manage Chest Congestion?

Ayurveda is an ancient life science that originated in India. It recognises herbs as medicines and Yogic postures as well as lifestyle changes as the supporting factors in its medicinal field. It is called a life science because the basic mode of treatment is done by tweaking one's lifestyle in order to reach the root cause of the ailment, which will be cleared from one's life gradually. Congestion is recognised as the accumulation of too much mucus and fluid in your lungs and is usually born due to an imbalance of the Vata Dosha, as per Ayurveda. This congestion can happen in the nasal or respiratory passages.

Let us find out what else Ayurveda says about congestion:

  • Symptoms: The symptoms of congestion include a tickling sensation at the back of the throat as well as the nasal passages, depending on the exact area of the congestion. Also, severe headaches and wheezing along with laboured breathing and tightening of the chest can point at the presence of congestion. In very severe cases, the patient may also complain of blood discharge while coughing, high fever, rashes on the skin, neck stiffness and other such conditions. 
  • Causes: There are various causes of congestion. While infection, allergy and cold are some of the most common conditions that may cause congestion, it has also been seen that congestion may arise as a symptom of a more serious ailment. Asthma is one such respiratory ailment that causes swelling in the airways, which can give rise to congestion. Also, inflammation of the bronchial tube lining can cause this condition where a greenish discharge happens due to the viral nature of the condition. Pneumonia and tuberculosis are also ailments, which can cause severe and painful congestion. 
  • Remedies: As per Ayurveda, there are many remedies that can help in treating this condition. One can drink herbal tea all day as the anti-oxidants will help in flushing out all those toxins that are causing a painful build-up of mucus and fluids inside. Also, one can use essential oils like eucalyptus oil for inhalation, steaming and even massages. One must take care not to let this oil touch the hair as greying might happen. Yoga and aromatherapy can also be practiced so as to do away with congestion. Also, the patient can add a pinch of salt to a glass of warm water in order to do a saline water gargle which will eventually clear the air passages.

Taking care of one's diet is one of the most important parts of any treatment in Ayurveda. Ingesting warm liquids like milk and warm food can help in loosening and removing the mucus build up. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Table of Content

Eucalyptus Oil
Nutritional Value of Eucalyptus Oil
Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil
Heals Wounds
Treats Respiratory Problems
Removes Mental Exhaustion
Relieves Muscle Pain
Dental Care
Eliminates Lice
Removes Intestinal Germs
Manages Diabetes
Treats Fever
Room Freshener
Used as Soap
Treats Tuberculosis & Pneumonia
Uses of Eucalyptus Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Eucalyptus Oil
Cultivation of Eucalyptus Oil