Eucalyptus oil is obtained from the fresh leaves of one of the tallest and fastest growing trees, the evergreen Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus Globulus). While native to Australia, it has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa. Distilled, eucalyptus is one of the most universal and versatile of essential oils and due to the compound eucalyptol, is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including inhalers, rubs and mouthwashes. Just inhaling eucalyptus can relax the nervous system and muscles and works well for relieving stress. As its aroma is stimulating, it reduces mental fatigue and rejuvenates.
Eucalyptus oil has been shown to stimulate blood flow to the brain as it is a ‘vasodilator’, meaning that it helps to widen blood vessels, and as a result blood circulates more effectively throughout the body. The resulting increase in blood flow can be very beneficial, especially during work and study, and some studies have shown it to increase student productivity and performance when diffused in a classroom setting.
The rejuvenating effect of a healthy (increased) blood flow to the brain, and as a result the whole body, can assist in preventing stress, mental performance and memory. With its soothing aroma, eucalyptus helps to balance emotions and reduce tensions while lifting the spirits restoring vitality, harmony, and balance.