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The Skin E: Eucalyptus Oil

If you've been reading about me and my family on Facebook or Instagram, you already know that my daughter suffers from asthma, so we're no "newbies" when it comes to the benefits of Eucalyptus on respiratory functions. On any given day, my home can have the very distinct smell of Eucalyptus and Camphor (courtesy of Vicks).

This past week, my daughter has been ill with some type of respiratory virus. She has been suffering from a constant dry cough and sore throat.

Eucalyptus to the rescue!

A few drops in a tub filled with warm water makes a very breathable, soothing steam bath. Don't want to bathe? Place two to three drops in a bowl of warm to hot water; place your head over the bowl; cover your head with a towel and breath in the wonderful aroma.

Other benefits of Eucalyptus Oil include:

1. Aiding in Wound Care

2. Improving Earaches

3. Boosting Mental Clarity

4. Reduces Pain and Inflammation

5. Fights Infections

6. Alleviates Headaches

Eucalyptus has had a long history in helping people heal. It is one of the essential oils that never truly disappeared from Western use

Eucalyptus Branch

and has been embraced by the health care industry. Despite it's many benefits, one must remember that this oil should not be taken orally; it is strictly for topical uses. Precaution must also be taken when applying Eucalyptus to the skin. Always use a carrier oil (such as coconut or sweet almond) before applying directly to the skin. Eucalyptus is definitively one of my top 5 oils and it is a constant presence in my home.

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