Healing Through Scent: Eucalyptus
By Stephanie Tingle
Have you ever walked into a space and felt instantly at peace, or perhaps rejuvenated after a long day? Many times this is due to the use of specific scents to enhance the mood of that space. Restaurants, department stores, hospitals, and other businesses have long been aware of the ability of scent to influence behavior. You can reap the same benefits in your own space through the use of aromatherapy and essential oils. Aromatherapy is the practice of using scent to influence mental and physical well-being. An easy way to benefit from aromatherapy is by using essential oils, which are the pure essences of plants, flowers, or herbs. These pure oils are collected by various methods, including steam extraction and pressing. Essential oils can greatly benefit your body and change your emotions through their natural scents. While they can smell pleasant, “fragrance oils” do contain synthetic ingredients and do not offer the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, so for the greatest benefit, be sure to use only pure, good quality essential oils and products that contain them. Unless specified otherwise, essential oils should not be ingested. Skin should always be tested for sensitivity prior to topical use.
In this article, I’d like to talk about Eucalyptus essential oil. I have to confess, I was never a huge fan of Eucalyptus oil. Sure, I appreciated the way it could ease allergies and congestion, but I saw it as more utilitarian than enjoyable. Then I lit a Balance & Harmony Eucalyptus Candle and everything changed. Before a recent healing session, I lit the Eucalyptus candle and when I returned to the room, I could not believe the difference. The smell itself was amazing; herbal and slightly minty. But, the main thing I noticed was the transformation of the energy of the whole space - it felt so clean and purified!
Eucalyptus essential oil is a medicinal powerhouse. It is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and is a potent decongestant. It is a main ingredient, along with petroleum and preservatives, in most commercial chest rub products that are used for congestion and cough suppression. You can make a much more natural version by melting 1 ounce of coconut oil and gently stirring in 20 drops of pure Eucalyptus essential oil. Pour into a small container and allow to harden. This simple salve will soften on contact with skin and can be used on the chest to break up congestion, open stuffy sinuses, and relieve coughs. It can also be rubbed on sore muscles and joints to reduce pain and inflammation. For an even simpler application, you can put 20 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil into a warm bath to relieve both congestion and achiness at one time. Also try placing 10 drops on the floor of your shower. When the hot water hits the Eucalyptus, the steam is infused with the benefits of the oil.
Eucalyptus can be used to help keep both the Heart and Throat chakras balanced and functioning properly. If you have physical throat irritation, or if you feel like you are not communicating effectively, try putting a drop of Eucalyptus oil on a Blue Lace Agate and placing it directly on the throat chakra while you meditate. Use this same technique to balance the heart center by placing Eucalyptus oil on a Green Aventurine and placing it on the Heart chakra, as this particular stone works in conjunction with the oil to help heal the lungs and sinuses.
A simple but effective aromatherapy spray can be made by adding 20 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to 4 ounces of distilled water and adding Blue Lace Agate or Green Aventurine crystals, depending on what you’d like to accomplish. You can also mix 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil to one ounce of carrier oil, such as sweet almond or jojoba, and apply this to the throat or chest to help open the airways. I love to lightly mist my furnace filters with this spray when changing them. It’s an easy way to get the benefits of Eucalyptus oil flowing throughout your entire home. The refreshing scent will make your space feel spring clean even in the middle of winter!