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 Eucalyptus Oil Recognized as Effective in Treating Wide Range of Health Conditions

Buried online is the following table from WholeHealthMD.com .  If this is any indication of the quality of the rest of their site, we can only hope there seo (search engine optimization) will improve.
The chart shows a rating system regarding the current state of science regarding the use of Eucalyptus
for various conditions.  This is then backed up by footnotes as shown in the explanation box.

If you would like to see much more on each of these conditions and the effectiveness of eucalyptus in various forms as an effective treatment, please visit their eucalyptus page. 

Condition
Rating
Explanation
 

Arthritis
  
Preliminary evidence indicates benefit in a mixture with other essential oils, but form of administration was not adequately described. (16)
Asthma 
Long history of use and preliminary evidence indicates efficacy as anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic. (5-7, 9-10)
Colds 
Long history of use and preliminary evidence indicates efficacy as astringent, expectorant and anti-inflammatory. (5-8)

Cough 
Long history of use and preliminary evidence indicates antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant effects. (5-10)
Cuts and Scrapes 
Preliminary laboratory studies indicate antiseptic properties effective in wound healing. (8, 14-15)
Earache 
Long history of use and preliminary evidence indicates efficacy as expectorant. (11-13)

Flu 
Long history of use and preliminary evidence indicates antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant effects. (5-10)

Gum Disease 
Several studies indicate efficacy in preventing plaque build-up. Conflicting evidence indicates no more efficacious than conventional toothpaste for existing plaque and gingivitis. More study is needed. (17-20)
Sinusitis Long history of use and preliminary research indicates strong antibacterial properties. (5-8)

AilmentsDosage
Asthma
Breathe in steam made from 1 or 2 drops oil added to pan of near-boiling water or a commercial steam inhaler. Or drink 2 cups tea a day.
Colds
Breathe in steam made from 1 or 2 drops oil added to pan of near-boiling water or a commercial steam inhaler. Or drink 2 cups tea a day.
Cough
Add a few drops of oil to a pan of hot water; cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam.
Cuts and ScrapesClean the wound thoroughly. Apply a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to the affected area.
Earache
Breathe in steam made from 5 or 6 drops oil added to pan of near-boiling water or a commercial steam inhaler. Or drink 2-4 cups of Eucalyptus infusion a day.
Flu
Breathe in steam made from 1 or 2 drops oil added to pan of near-boiling water or a commercial steam inhaler. Or drink 2 cups tea a day.
Gum Disease
Massage several drops of commercially diluted oil into your gums with your finger. Or use a toothpaste with Eucalyptus oil.
Muscle Aches and Pains
Rub several drops of commercially diluted oil into the skin. Or soak in an herbal bath made by running the bath water through a cheesecloth-wrapped handful of Eucalyptus leaves.
Sinusitis
Breathe in steam made from 1 or 2 drops oil added to pan of near-boiling water or a commercial steam inhaler. Or drink 2 cups tea a day.

Date Published: 4/19/2005
Date Reviewed: 8/3/2010

You may want to try keeping an 8 oz bottle of 100% pure pharmaceutical grade eucalyptus oil in your medicine cabinet to have handy for any of the suggested treatments.  It is also just fantastic for spraying into the steam before you enter your shower.

To purchase a spray bottle, head over to Amazon.com at
http://bit.ly/EOMist

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