Australia’s full of Mother Nature’s wonders, isn’t it? Trees, animals, birds, swamps, all kinds of wildlife are native to Australia. As exotic as everything in Australia is, there’s this one tree that really caught my attention: the eucalyptus citriodora. Let me tell you what piqued my curiosity. This tree goes by many names that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with each other like lemon-scented gum, blue spotted gum and lemon eucalyptus. This tall, 35m (115ft)-tree is normally white but it turns coppery in the summer. Its buds are grouped in clusters of three and look like pears while its fruit look urns. It’s a pretty weird tree but perhaps the most interesting thing of all is its essential oil: eucalyptus citriodora essential oil.
Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil has hundreds of health benefits. It can boost your immune system, protect you from respiratory problems, keep away all those pesky germ-bearing insects, act as a painkiller, calm inflammation, speed up your wound healing, help with digestion, fight fungal infections, and so much more! It’s unbelievable that just one essential oil can do all of this, but it really is true!
Let’s start with the most simple of all its uses: boosting your circulation. Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil can stimulate your circulation for a stronger, more efficient blood flow. How can that help you? Well, think of it this way: a better circulation means more blood is able to reach all your organs. The more blood your organs are getting, the healthier they generally are. Blood has only one role in our bodies: delivering oxygen and nutrients to all our organs, and taking away waste products and toxins to be excreted. That means that a boosted blood supply to these organs is the same as a boosted nutrient and oxygen supply. They’ll become healthier and stronger which will enable them to work much more effectively. At the same time, blood takes all the harmful toxins and cellular byproducts and delivers them to the kidneys so that they can excrete them in urine. This is basically a form of detoxification. In other words, eucalyptus citriodora essential oil nourishes your organs and helps them detoxify, which leads to an overall boost in your health. All of this is thanks to two vital compounds that eucalyptus citriodora essential oil has which are limonene and citronellal.
One potential application for eucalyptus citriodora essential oil’s circulation-stimulating abilities is hair growth. Whenever someone suffers from hair loss, it’s usually due to a deficiency in nutrients that are vital for hair growth. There are quite a few pharmacological treatments for baldness and hair loss but most of them have one thing in common: they cause dilation in the blood vessels of your scalp so that more blood can reach it. In other words, these drugs improve the circulation to your scalp and hair follicles, right? Isn’t that exactly what eucalyptus citriodora essential oil does, just differently?
Boosts immune system
Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is known as an “immuno-stimulant”. That literally means it can stimulate your immune system. This quality is very important because you immune system is one of the reasons you’re alive right now. It’s constantly on the alert, fighting off all kinds of viruses and bacteria, even while you’re sound asleep. It never sleeps or rests; it’s always defending your body and keeping you from getting sick. Without a strong immune system, even the weakest bacteria can make you ill and unable to get out of bed. We all know at least one person who never gets sick, even in flu season, right? Well, they have their immune system to thank for that. It’s probably stronger than most people’s. Now you can strength your immune system as well, by using eucalyptus citriodora essential oil. No more coughing, sneezing, or calling in sick. Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil has your back.
Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is great at reducing inflammation. No matter what the cause is, you can always rely on it to get rid of any itchiness, redness, swelling, or irritation that might accompany inflammation. People who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin conditions can definitely benefit from eucalyptus citriodora essential oil’s anti-inflammatory properties. All of these uses are great, but the condition eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is most praised for is arthritis. There are several types of arthritis but generally speaking, they all involve some kind of joint inflammation. This can lead to severe pain that can keep you up all night and leave you uncomfortable all day. Why put up with it when there’s a simple solution? All you need is a few drops of eucalyptus citriodora essential oil. Apply them topically to the area that’s bothering you and you’ll literally feel the pain going away.
Inflammation can happen anywhere in your body, not just your skin. Your lungs, bronchi, and pretty much your entire respiratory tract is just as vulnerable. Don’t worry, you won’t have to go out and buy something else. Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil works just as effectively on your respiratory system as it does on your skin. Asthma is an example of something that eucalyptus citriodora essential oil can help you with. Pollen grains, dust, and even the smallest of substances can trigger an asthma attack if you’re asthmatic. When that happens, your bronchi become inflamed, which leads to narrower airways and a feeling of suffocation. Believe me, it’s not a pleasant feeling. When that happens, you need something that can be quickly inhaled to help reverse this inflammation and get your breathing back to normal. That’s exactly what eucalyptus citriodora essential oil can do.
Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil smells amazing! It can effectively get rid of any unpleasant odors in the room. Inhaling it doesn’t just help with your respiratory problems but it also invigorates and calms your nerves. People love diffusing it in their bedrooms and living rooms because of its refreshing, uplifting effect. There’s just one catch. If your eyes are overly sensitive, then you should be careful when diffusing eucalyptus citriodora essential oil in your room because some people have reported minor eye irritation when doing so. However, if your eyes aren’t particularly sensitive, then there shouldn’t be any problems.
We may love the smell of eucalyptus citriodora essential oil, but insects sure don’t! To us, the pleasant, lemon-like aroma is absolutely divine. For insects, it sends them running. The citronellal content in eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is what drives insects away. It stays effective up to an impressive 8 hours after application. In fact, it’s so effective that it is considered a viable substitute for DEET and several dangerous types of insecticides. Most insecticides are synthetic which means a lot of different chemicals were involved in their production. This is why they often have tons of serious side effects. On the other hand, eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is natural, which means it lacks all those harmful chemicals and their pesky side effects. Diffuse some eucalyptus citriodora essential oil in your room if you want to keep mosquitoes, bed bugs, and most insects at bay.
Heals insect bites
We already know that eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is great at keeping insects away but what’s even more important is that it can help insects bites heal if you’ve already been bitten. It’s quite unlikely that any insect will be able to slip past eucalyptus citriodora essential oil but don’t you feel better knowing that it can work as both, prophylaxis and treatment?
One thing worth mentioning is that some people, though not all, often experience some stomach upset when they ingest eucalyptus citriodora essential oil. Some other side effects include minor skin irritation when applied topically to the skin. These things aren’t very common but they do happen to some people. That’s why it’s recommended that you do a skin patch test before you apply eucalyptus citriodora essential oil to your skin. In fact, you’re better off doing a skin patch test with any product you try out on your skin for the first time, not just eucalyptus citriodora essential oil. It’s pretty easy to do and it’ll let you know if you’re one of the few people who are allergic to the product you’re trying out. To do a skin patch test, pick a small- preferably well-hidden- area of your skin and add a small amount of eucalyptus citriodora essential oil to it. The reason it should be hidden is because you don’t want it to be uncomfortably visible if any signs of an allergic reaction develop. After applying eucalyptus citriodora essential oil, wait for any signs of allergy like redness, itchiness, irritation, swelling, or anything uncomfortable. If nothing appears, you’re pretty much good to go. Apply eucalyptus citriodora essential oil to your heart’s content, but within reason, of course. It may be a miraculous oil but too much of anything can be bad for you. Be smart about how you use eucalyptus citriodora essential oil, be consistent, and enjoy its countless benefits.