Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Affordable Eucalyptus Oil [review]

My essential oil collection has grown over the years, but I still keep a few basic essential oils on hand. Eucalyptus oil is a basic essential oil that should be part of every natural medicine kit. Eucalyptus oil has so many uses, including decongestant and antibacterial uses. The Essentials Co. pure eucalyptus oil is an affordable pure essential oil.

The Essentials Co. Eucalyptus Oil       

Rating: total green check marks out of 5.
Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and are honest. 

The Good
The Not So Good
Generous size
Weak eucalyptus smell
Pure essential oil

Dark amber glass bottle

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (eucalyptus globulus) has an herb-like smell to it. It is very distinctive! Eucalyptus globulus is the most common essential oils recommended for its decongestant properties. The country of origin is not specified. The oil is bottled in the US. The bottle is 4 oz and is made from dark amber glass. Storing essential oils in dark glass bottles is the best way to keep the high quality and protect them from going rancid.

The benefits of eucalyptus essential oil include decongestant and antibacterial. Eucalyptus oil has been used by centuries of healers and homemakers to treat skin problems and infections, help clear congestion from colds, flus, and chronic sinus problems, and banish stains and stinking bacteria from their homes.

Our Uses: In our home, we mainly use eucalyptus essential oil as a decongestant. My favorite way to use the oil is to make a homemade chest rub by diluting eucalyptus essential oil with a carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil. I apply this mixture directly on the chest and sometimes on the bottom of the feet. I also like to diffuse eucalyptus essential oil and add a few drops to a warm bath or shower. In general, I find that eucalyptus essential oil helped to loosen up any mucus in the airways and allows for easier breathing.

Caution: Essential oils are very concentrated and it is recommended that it be diluted for any topical uses. If applied directly to the skin, essential oils must be diluted in an appropriate oil (Jojoba Oil and Grapeseed Oil make the best carrier oils, but can also use Sweet Almond Oil or Olive Oil). Some literature also recommends against using eucalyptus essential oil with babies and small children. Please contact your doctor or medical professional about this. While we have used eucalyptus globulus on our 3 year old son since he was about 2 years old, this is generally not recommended. We have not had any adverse reactions like coughing/asthma (even though he has outdoor related asthma), so I feel comfortable using the chest rub with him. Generally, diffusing the eucalyptus essential oil is better for babies and small children.

My Thoughts: I have been reviewing more affordable brands of essentials oils lately. While the quality is pure and the essential oils are undiluted, I have found that the more affordable brands have a weaker scent of the essential oil (when compared to more expensive brands that I own). I have done a lot of research on the quality of essential oils over the past year. My conclusion is that the more affordable essential oils might not be the first or second distillations. Some herbs/plants are put through the "process" several times, so the 4th and 5th distillations are still pure, but not as potent.

If you are looking for an affordable eucalyptus essential oil, The Essential Co. is a great choice!

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