Eucalyptus for Autumn and Winter

Each season brings with it its own set of health issues and autumn and winter are no exception. Drastic weather fluctuations are difficult for the human body to adjust to and coupled with stress this may lead to illness during the weather transition. From hot summer days to leaping cold nights, we are exposed to the risk of acquiring disease.

The body is especially vulnerable to the  wind and cold of autumn and dryness can occur causing symptoms like coughs, colds, flu, a dry nose, sore throats, shortness of breath, bronchitis, asthma, dry skin, hair and scalp, a dry mouth and cracked lips and hard and dry stools.

In autumn we need to stay connected to the natural rhythm of our breathe and with love, let go of any pain, discomfort and/or grief, embracing this energy to let go of that which no longer serves us. Emotionally we may feel depressed, or be stubborn (inability to ‘let go’), feel isolated and negative instead of tranquil, inspired, spontaneous and fresh!

Emotional imbalances include excessive grief and not coping with loss and change, feelings of alienation and prolonged sadness and not letting go.

If we observe and are in harmony with the season, we can see that Nature moves into a period of rest, as leaves shed and we too must be cautious not to overexert. The time for “putting it all out there” – the Summer – has passed. Now is the time to contain ourselves, acting and speaking only when necessary, exerting our will quietly and calmly.

Eucalyptus essential oil is nature’s gift to help you feel your best this season. The familiar smell of fresh Australian Eucalyptus is often used to make soothing blends that calm the mind and relax the body.

Eucalyptus is high in antioxidants, relieves cold symptoms, helps dry skin, reduces pain and promotes relaxation.

It features a distinct camphoraceous aroma, which some people describe as sharp, pungent and slightly medicinal — the aroma is clean, fresh and invigorating, but it doesn’t overwhelm the senses.

It’s a multifaceted forest scent and the different Eucalyptus oils, as you can see below, have hints of mint, honey, fruit and citrus. The minty aspect comes from terpenes, which are the main constituents of eucalyptus oil.

It’s not as strong as peppermint, but eucalyptus certainly is well known for its crispy, cooling, minty aroma that is instantly refreshing!

Here are the beautiful Eucalyptus gems in the All Essential Oil range:

Lemon Iron Bark for BALANCE | Uplifts, relaxes, balances breathing issues, has powerful antiseptic properties. Relieves tired muscles, aches and pains.

Lemon Scented Gum to REJUVENATE | Invigorates, energises, high antioxidant properties. Inhibits fungi and mould, helps colds with its antiseptic properties.

Gum Gully to PURIFY | Clears the mind, headaches, neuralgia and pain in joints and muscles. A potent decongestant, excellent for the respiratory system.

Eucalyptus Borealis to REJUVENATE | Fresh, reduces tension, effective for coughs, oral care and headaches. Strong decongestant for colds and flu, relieves pain.

Eucalyptus to PURIFY | Clears the head, aids concentration. Assists respiratory, immune, genito-urinary, muscular aches, nerve pain.

Blue Malley for BALANCE | Warms, soothes, clears the mind. Heals respiratory complaints, reduces fevers and congestion. Relieves muscular pain.

Eucalyptus Peppermint to ENERGISE | Clears and energises. Breaks up congestion in the respiratory systems, aids coughs and bronchitis, alleviates tired muscles.

Strawberry Gum to ENERGISE | Energises, steadies, supports colds and coughs with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Eases sore muscles.

Use them individually or blended or place on a tissue or personal inhaler and inhale.

Top 5 uses for Eucalyptus in Autumn and Winter:

  1. Add to your vaporizer, humidifier or diffuser and keep it running in bedrooms where we tend to get congested during sleep.
  2. Make a mist to soothe sinuses – add 12 drops to 100ml of water for an easy breathing mist/spritz.
  3. Add 1-3 drops to a bowl of steaming water, cover your head with a towel and breathe.
  4. Add 7 drops eucalyptus oil to ¼ cup Epsom salts. Use this in the bath for a quick soak for sore muscles.
  5. Add to a cream base for a simple and effective chest rub.                                                                                                                   Here is an easy recipe:

Eucalyptus Chest Rub

Ingredients

1 to 2 drops Eucalyptus
1 drop Eucalytpus Peppermint
1 Tbsp of unscented massage cream or skin care oil of your choice

Directions

Mix oils and cream together in the palm of your hand, and rub on before going to bed.

Eucalyptus is a very versatile essential oil and can be used for everything from diffusing the aroma to open the lungs and breathing to using it combined with bath salts to soothe an achy body during times of illness or stress. It’s awakening too – inhaling eucalyptus can help wake us up when we need to keep going.

 

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