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The scent of eucalyptus is recognised by most people because it is included in so many medicinal preparations. Eucalyptus was first used as a medicine by the aboriginal people of Australia and today people from all around the globe benefit from this essential oil.

Eucalyptus essential oil is best known as a decongestant inhalation for chesty coughs, colds and catarrh. At the onset of cold or flu symptoms, inhaling a few drops from a bowl of steaming water throughout the day can stop the virus in its tracks. This is less effective if carried out once the virus has taken a strong hold but it will help clear the nasal passages and sinuses temporarily. Used directly, eucalyptus is a good antiseptic for wounds and has been used successfully to treat cold sores. It helps relieve pain and itching when applied to the blisters of shingles. It is also a good choice in a massage blend for easing rheumatic pain and fibrositis. Eucalyptus effectivly repels or kills insects and for this purpose it may be applied diluted to the skin or used in burners and sprays. It can be helpful for blemished skin. greasy hair and dandruff for which it can be blended with a sweeter smelling and therapeutically compatible oil such as lavender. The cooling and penetrating qualities of eucalyptus promote easier mental concentration and logical thought processes so it is good to use in a burner for study purposes.