Eucalyptus oil has great medicinal value due to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Eucalyptus oil which is used in medicines is obtained through aqueous distillation of its fresh leaves. Due to its medicinal properties, it is often used in the preparation of medicinal drugs for rashes, inhalers, liniments, creams and mouthwashes. It has shown its healing properties for a number of problems like respiratory disorders, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, wounds and skin care amongst others.
Eucalyptus oil is generally used as a stimulant and as an antiseptic gargle. It helps in treating a number of respiratory problems like cold, cough, running nose, asthma and bronchitis. In addition, it is also beneficial for diabetic patients as it helps in controlling blood sugar. Eucalyptus oil is called as fever oil due to its ability to treat fever by helping in reducing the body temperature.
Apart from the medicinal value of the oil which is achieved through its intake, there are also a number of benefits which can be achieved by the applying of the oil on the body. Being a good antiseptic, eucalyptus oil helps in healing wounds, cuts, burns and sores. In addition, eucalyptus oil is also a good source of massage as applying it on the body skin helps in providing relief from muscular pains. Due to its refreshing and antiseptic effect, eucalyptus oil is also added to spas, sauna and baths. Applying this oil on affected areas can help in curing various kinds of skin infections. Eucalyptus oil is also effective in fighting against cavities and dental plagues. It is thus one of the prime ingredients in various toothpastes and mouthwashes.
Eucalyptus is thus a very valuable herb which is full with medicinal value to help protect the body from various diseases.