Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil

Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil, eucalyptus citriodora, has a lemony scent but doesn't have the camphorous scent of eucalyptus globulus. It has a higher citronellol content than citronella (80-90%) which makes it useful as an insect repellent. Lemon eucalptus essential oil can be used as a vapor bath and inhaled for asthma and other respiratory ailments, and is an antiseptic bath addition. Its expectorant properties are useful for bronchitis. The oil is also said to be useful for pyorrhea and for burns, to prevent infection. Externally, the antiseptic and deodorant qualities of the oil make it suitable for use on purulent wounds, sores, boils, and ulcers. Rubbed on the skin, oil of lemon eucalyptus gives relief from the pain of arthritis, and rheumatism, it increases blood flow to the area, producing a feeling of warmth. The oil is commonly used in steam inhalation for colds and flu, a few whiffs is often all it takes to clear a stuffy nose and a foggy head. It's antiseptic and deodorizing characteristics also makes it a nice addition to water when mopping the floor, leaving a fresh scent.
Eucalyptus is a tall, aromatic evergreen tree of the myrtle family, chiefly native to Australia and Tasmania, bearing pendant leaves and umbels of white, red, or pink flowers and valued for the timber, gum and oil. Some seeds, having been sent to France in 1857, were planted in Algiers and thrived exceedingly well. Five years after planting the eucalyptus, one of the most marshy and unhealthy districts of Algiers was converted into one of the healthiest and driest. As a result, the rapidly growing eucalyptus trees are now largely cultivated in many temperate regions with the view of preventing malarial fevers. To the remarkable drainage afforded by its roots is also ascribed the gradual disappearance of mosquitoes in the neighbourhood of plantations of this tree, as at Lake Fezara in Algeria.
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil, eucalyptus citriodora, blends well with the following essential oils: thyme, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, pine, cedarwood, and lemon.
Lemon eucalyptus oil cautions - Non- toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals. Eucalyptus oils is toxic when taken internally.
Lemon eucalyptus properties - Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, deodorant, expectorant, fungicidal, insecticide.

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