Eucalyptus is a tree that is native to Australia, whose leaves are used to make essential oils that is used in a variety of products, including cosmetics, flavorings, antiseptics, and other products. Many people know it by the unique smell, or that it is the exclusive source of nourishment for koalas. Eucalyptus and eucalyptus oil have many uses and are associated with many benefits for humans too:
- While you cannot eat fresh leaves, dried eucalyptus leaves can be made into tea that is very high in a wide variety of antioxidants. (While generally safe for adults, children should not consume eucalyptus tea.)
- A great topical decongestant and may help relieve symptoms of colds, allergies, and asthma. The oil itself, however, is toxic when consumed, so do not swallow eucalyptus oil.
- Topically, eucalyptus oil can help treat dry and scaly skin. It should always be diluted with a carrier oil, such as almond oil.
- Inhaling eucalyptus might have benefits for pain as well as anxiety. This is best done through a diffuser.
- A component of eucalyptus called eucalyptol is thought promote dental health. Commonly added to mouthwash, this compound fights the microbes that cause tooth decay, plaque buildup, bleeding gums and inflammation in the mouth.
Eucalyptus, however has another property that makes it beneficial for use on The Kaufmann Anti-fungal Program; eucalyptus is an excellent, topical anti-fungal.
Eucalyptus has been shown in studies to be beneficial for things like nail fungus, and given it’s benefit for the skin, it might be a good remedy for fungal infections of the skin as well. Eucalyptus oil can be diluted with coconut oil to become a powerhouse topical anti-fungal agent. Rotate it with another product, like tea tree oil, and you have a well-rounded arsenal of anti-fungal solutions for your skin, hair, and nails.
Given its anti-fungal properties, it might be a beneficial oil to diffuse in your house to help protect against airborne mold spores; simultaneously, you can take advantage of all the other benefits conferred by inhaling eucalyptus. And remember, never swallow the oil as even small amounts are toxic. However, when used in the proper way its one more asset to take advantage of when it comes to fighting fungus and pursing more vibrant health.