Having a blocked nose? Then inhale drops of eucalyptus oil in steaming water and lo your sinuses are bound to open giving you instant relief. Such is the power of eucalyptus oil that it is widely used as analgesic, an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent..
So when I saw rows of eucalyptus trees lined en-route Kolar I could not resist picking up few leaves myself. I broke the leaf in to two and lo I could smell the oil. This led me to wonder how to get the potent oil. And when I researched this is what I found.
You can make eucalyptus oil at home just by crushing the leaves and storing them in an airtight jar. Pour almond oil over the leaves so as to totally cover the leaves. Then prick two vitamin E capsules and put it in the jar. This acts as a preservative for the leaves. Now leave the jar near the window for a fortnight and then stain the mixture. Store the oil in a colored bottle to make the oil last for longer duration.
What can you use this oil for? Eucalyptus oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, anti inflammatory and analgesic agent. So you can inhale the oil in steaming water to clear cold, coughs, headaches etc. But keep in mind that high doses can be harmful and children are more susceptible to such types of poisoning.
You can use eucalyptus oil in other ways too.
- You can use it as a car freshener. Just don’t throw the freshener after it is empty. Fill it with few drops of this oil and see the fragrance filling your car.
- For blocked noses, congestion in throat and headache put few 3-4 drops of oil in steaming water and inhale.
- Putting a few drops of oil in a small bowl in your living room drives the mosquitoes away.
- The oil can also be used for removing grease stains from clothes.
So the next time you see a eucalyptus tree don’t forget to smell this fragrant oil. Such things make travel more interesting and educational.