Australian Aboriginals were the first people to tap into the many health benefits of eucalyptus oil. Extracted from the leaf of the Eucalyptus through steam distillation, eucalyptus oil is used to remedy body pains, fever, colds, coughs, and other respiratory ailments.
To treat respiratory ailments, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a vaporizer or humidifier, aroma lamp, or a bowl of hot water. And breathe easier.
Eucalyptus oil, aside from its use against respiratory ailments, has other health benefits. It is antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory so it can be used to treat many ailments.
Eucalyptus oil (among its household uses) can be used as a flea deterrent for your dog, as a disinfectant for your bathtub, or as a room deodorizer for your kitchen after cooking.
Eucalyptus trees, native to Australia, can now be found in other parts of the world including India, Europe, and South Africa. That being said, Australia is still the prime source of eucalyptus oil.
Note: Essential oils should always be kept out of reach of children and pets.