Eucalyptus/Nilgiri Oil Health Benefits & Facts

Eucalyptus/Nilgiri Oil Health Benefits & Facts

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Eucalyptus oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus tree also is known as the fever tree. Eucalyptus oil is colorless and has a distinctive taste and smell. The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia. Eucalyptus oil is very useful because of it's anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and stimulant properties.

Eucalyptus is useful in the preparation of medicine because it contains eucalyptol. It has anti-microbial properties. It is also useful in the treatment of many common diseases like nasal congestion, asthma etc. It also treats the skin disease, provides protection against arthritic pain, provides good hair, oral health, boosting the immunity, healing the fungal infections etc. 

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globulus 

Since the last few centuries, it spread in other parts of the world including China, India, Europe and South Africa. 

The prime source of eucalyptus oil for the world is still Australia although many countries produce eucalyptus oil in small quantities. 

Health Benefits

Boost Immunity 

Eucalyptus oil may stimulate the power of the immune system. This oil can help in the formation of cells and the regeneration of cells in the body. So the formation of the new cell can replace the damaged cell by fighting against foreign bodies. So it can improve immunity power and keep the body healthy by removing the toxins and waste products of the body. 

Eucalyptus oil can enhance the power of the immune system by increasing the phagocytic response. Phagocyte is a natural fighter of the body. It can enhance the process of phagocytosis and destroys foreign particles. 

It can help in reducing the risk of diseases like arthritis, nasal congestion, wounds and burns, ulcers, bladder disease, diabetes, etc.

MAIN THING: Eucalyptus oil is rich in 1, 8-cineole. It can give strength to the immune system.

Brain health

Eucalyptus oil acts as a brain energy booster. It can stimulate mental activity and alertness. Eucalyptus oil has vasodilator properties. This vasodilator property can act on vessels and increase the blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels. This property provides good circulation and can allow an adequate amount of blood to the brain. An adequate amount of blood can also provide a good amount of oxygen to the brain. So it can help in boosting the power of the brain. 

Eucalyptus oil also has a stimulant property. It can stimulate the brain energy and remove the exhaustion and also mental sluggishness. It also reduces anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders. 

Eucalyptus oil has nutrient which is essential for memory. Deficiency of this nutrient is produced age-related impairment in mental function and Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, etc.

MAIN THING: Eucalyptus oil can act on the central nervous system and produces energy which is necessary for brain cell function and cognitive function.

Treat respiratory troubles

Eucalyptus oil has anti microbial properties with anti-inflammatory properties. These properties of eucalyptus oil can remove the infections especially respiratory tract infections. It can help in reducing the risk of nasal congestion, flu, cold, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, etc. 

The vapor of eucalyptus oil acts as a decongestant when inhaled and that causes it is a good remedy for nasal congestion and bronchitis. Eucalyptus oil can also act as an expectorant. It helps in removing phlegm and decreases congestion. So the rubbing of eucalyptus oil in the pillow before sleep can help in nasal congestion. 

MAIN THING: Eucalyptus oil can inhibit bacterial growth such as S. pneumonia, H. influenza, and parainfluenza that cause sinus infections, fever, and flu.

Fight with infections

Eucalyptus oil has anti-microbial properties with anti-inflammatory properties. These properties of eucalyptus oil can remove the infections especially respiratory tract infections.

Eucalyptus oil also fights with fungal infection because it also has antiseptic properties. It can give protection against skin diseases such as eczema, toenail infection, etc. In England, eucalyptus oil can use for cleansing the urinary catheters because of its fight with bacteria as well as micro bacteria and give protection against infections.

MAIN THING: Eucalyptus oil has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties helps to fights against various infections.

Oral care

Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. These properties cause it can use in the preparation for many kinds of toothpaste as well as a mouth wash. 

Eucalyptus oil can provide oral health by a fight with bacteria. It can reduce the risk of tooth decay and periodontitis, dental plaque, gingivitis, bad breath or halitosis and other oral diseases. 

Germs in the mouth are the main cause of bad breath.

MAIN THING: Eucalyptus can cure bad breath because it has germicidal property.

Work as painkiller

Eucalyptus oil has analgesic properties. Eucalyptus oil is used as a pain killer. It can remove or reduces the pain such as pain of strains or sprains, arthritic pain, back pain, etc. 

Eucalyptus oil has analgesic with anti-inflammatory property can help in reducing the swelling with pain. Eucalyptus oil is a good remedy for rheumatism, lumbago, sprained or strained ligament or tendons, muscle stiffness or nerve pain etc. topically massaging of eucalyptus oil is give excellent result.

MAIN THING: Eucalyptus has natural analgesic properties helps in arthritis, ligament and tendon sprains, fibrosis, nerve pain and muscle pain.

Hair care

Eucalyptus oil can also useful in the case of head lice. If eucalyptus oil is mixed in bathing water can remove the Pediculosis capitis or head lice because of its repellent and pesticide effects. 

In this generation, one of the biggest problems is hair loss. Eucalyptus oil is beneficial for preventing hair loss as well as help in growing new hair. Eucalyptus oil can prevent hair loss and gives long and strong hair. It also makes hair soft and shiny.   

MAIN THING: Eucalyptus oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. These properties can help in removing the germs in hair follicles, prevention against dandruff, itchy scalp and psoriasis of the scalp.

Skin care 

Eucalyptus oil has anti-fungal properties. It can give protection against skin diseases such as eczema, toenail infection or onychomycosis, jock itch, ringworm, athlete’s foot, cold sores, etc. Eucalyptus oil has 1,8 – cineole. It has antibacterial properties. It can fight with bacterial infection of the skin.

MAIN THING: 1, 8–cineole found in Eucalyptus oil that helps in skin health.

Safety Profiles

Allergy: Some people have an allergy to the eucalyptus or eucalyptus oil. It can produce abdominal pain, shortness of breath, hypotension, tachycardia or bradycardia, etc. so avoid the use of eucalyptus oil it can prove dangerous. 

Diabetes: Eucalyptus oil can lower blood sugar so if anyone suffering from diabetes and take medicine for that, do not use eucalyptus oil without the guidance of a medical practitioner. 

Surgery: Eucalyptus oil can affect blood sugar levels, so it can produce difficulty in sugar control during and after surgery. So stop using eucalyptus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. 

Selection and Storage


Select the oil that can full of nutrients. During choosing of oil also look for the color of oil, the odor of oil and the quality of oil as well as content present in the oil.   

Always buy oil at the supermarket where the good and fresh quality is available. 


Store the oil in a clean, dry and airtight container. Keep in a cool and dry place away from humid weather. 
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