Can I Put Eucalyptus Oil Directly on My Skin?

The koala's tasty treat is also a powerful topical remedy.

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The koalas might be onto something. Although eucalyptus may not have the same effects for the cuddly bears, it is a powerhouse for human beings and has been used in traditional medicine for many years. Eucalyptus oil can be found in many commercial cough lozenges, vapor baths, mouthwash and skin creams. You can use eucalyptus oil directly on your skin, but you must dilute it first. Once you prepare your eucalyptus-oil concoction, you can safely use it to treat several topical conditions.

Don't Be Rash

Unless you want to develop a nasty rash or skin irritation, you should not put eucalyptus oil on your skin without diluting it in a carrier oil. Carrier oils are derived from vegetables, seeds or nuts and are used to carry the eucalyptus oil safely onto the skin. You probably have at least one type of carrier oil already in your pantry. Examples include vegetable, grape seed, almond, olive and sesame oil. Avoid the possibility of having a reaction by mixing 15 to 30 drops of eucalyptus oil with 1/2 cup of the carrier oil of your choice.

Get Glowing

Dull, dry skin is not a good look for anyone. It can also cause other skin problems including chapping, blemishes and flaking. Soothe your irritated skin and get your healthy glow back by using a lotion that already has eucalyptus oil in its ingredients, or by adding a few drops of the essential oil to your favorite creams and lotions.

Soothe Soreness

Before you reach for an over-the-counter sports cream or pain-relieving patch, go ahead and massage your sore, aching back with a eucalyptus-oil solution. Eucalyptus oil has an aroma that is pleasant to many people and is even used in aromatherapy to alleviate stress. Eucalyptus oil works to effectively alleviate mild joint and muscle pain by stimulating blood flow to the area and creating a warming feeling in the spots where it is applied.

Wound Care

Ditch the triple antibiotic ointment in favor of using eucalyptus oil on your wounds, burns, ulcers, sores, insect bites or abrasions. The oil has germicidal properties that work as an effective antiseptic. Applied topically, it deters bacteria and viruses, greatly reducing the likelihood of developing an infection.

Banish the Flakes

Flakes are an embarrassing side effect of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Reclaim your right to wear black by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your regular shampoo. Massage your scalp well after applying to stimulate blood flow to your roots. Another remedy that banishes dandruff while also adding shine to your hair is to combine 50 milliliters of olive oil with 5 milliliters of eucalyptus oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp and comb it through your hair. Then go ahead and put a shower cap or a towel onto your hair to let the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes before shampooing normally.

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