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Nilgiri Oil / Eucalyptus Oil – All You Need To Know

by Sreeparna Ganguly

In India, Eucalyptus oil is known as Nilgiri Oil. Eucalyptus is a native plant of Australia though it grows in many other countries like South Africa, China, Portugal, Chile, etc. In the world of the biological hierarchy, this amazing plant is a decent of Myrtaceae family and Eucalyptus genus. In India, this evergreen tree is found in almost everywhere including Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Hariyana. India’s majority of the eucalyptus trees grow in the well-drained soil of South Indian Nilgiri region and that’s why Eucalyptus got its name as Nilgiri. This plant is also referred to as Tailapatra or Sugandha Patra in some ancient texts.

Cold pressed Eucalyptus oil is obtained from the extract of eucalyptus leaves. It looks colorless and has a strong refreshing smell. It contains high amounts of antiseptic, antioxidants and antimicrobial agents. That’s why this plant has been used as a medicinal plant since long.

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Here are some uses of Nilgiri oil:

# Heals Acne, Eczema and Sun Damage

If used in proper concentration, Nilgiri oil purifies skin and helps with acne, eczema and sun spots. For this mix 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to your regular moisturizer, aloe gel or any natural oil and apply on the affected area regularly.

# Treats Dandruff, Seborrheic Dermatitis, and Head Lice

The strong antimicrobial properties of eucalyptus oil is useful for hair issues like fungal dandruff, Seborrheic Dermatitis, and head lice. Mix 4-6 drops of eucalyptus oil to pure coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil and massage this to the scalp. Comb through the hair for lice treatment and wash with a good shampoo. You can also make a hair pack with Aloe Vera gel and Eucalyptus oil.

# Cure Toenail Fungus

Extreme exposure to water, wearing sweaty socks for long can cause toenail fungus. Eucalyptus oil is an excellent remedy for such fungus outgrowths. To treat toenail fungus prepare a bucket of lukewarm water and add 1-2 tablespoons of eucalyptus oil to it. Dip the feet in this for 5 minutes and repeat once a day. Before wearing socks rub a little eucalyptus oil and aloe gel mixture to the feet for fast action.

# Treat Sore Throat, Nasal Congestion and Sinus Infections

Seasonal cold and flu come with an annoying sore throat and Sinus Infections. Boil 2 cups of water and add 5-6 drops of eucalyptus oil. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapor for a few minutes. Repeat for 2 times a day for instant relief from nasal congestion.

# Disinfect Cuts and Bruises

Eucalyptus oil is a potent substitute for antiseptic ointments. Next time you get a minor cut, rash or bruise dip a cotton bud in Eucalyptus oil and apply it on the affected area. The oil will help to prevent infections.

# Use as Stress Reliever

After a long tiring day, we often find solace in various stress relief activities like yoga, meditation etc. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your aroma diffuser to maximize the mental calmness.

# Mouthwash for Gum Infections

Take 20ml of lukewarm water and add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil. Use this as your mouthwash. You will never have bleeding gum again!

# Fever Relief Compression

Cold water compression is a common fever relief measure. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water; the analgesic effect of eucalyptus oil will soothe.

# Remove House Molds

A clean home is a key to good health. Make a herbal room freshener with water peppermint oil and Eucalyptus oil and spray it regularly for mold-free home. The allergy issues will vanish like magic!

# Make Massage Oil for Muscle Pain

Eucalyptus oil mixed with warm coconut oil is an amazing muscle pain relief for chronic as well as acute pain issues. If you have exhausted joints and muscles mix a few drops of bergamot oil for optimal benefit.

# Treat Shingles and Athlete's Foot

Shingles and Athlete’s foot are two annoying as well as painful skin issues. Eucalyptus oil is one of the best herbal remedies for these two. Apply a drop of eucalyptus oil topically over the affected area for 2-3 times a day.

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