Minyak kayu putih or eucalyptus oil is widely used in Indonesia for its healing properties. Mostly, it’s used when someone has stomachache or wants to relieve their flu symptoms. But in fact, minyak kayu putih is more useful than that and can be used to solve a variety of bodily issues.
Here are ways to use minyak kayu putih for the body:
1. Treat headaches
Applying eucalyptus oil on the back and sides of the neck can treat headaches. The fresh air can make the respiratory system become more relaxed. Instead of using drugs, you should try this natural way.
2. Relieves breathing problems
Inhaling eucalyptus oil vapors can relieve colds, nasal congestion and bronchitis. The antibacterial content in eucalyptus oil can eliminate bacteria in the respiratory tract.
Applying it to the chest and throat can also relieve symptoms of coughs and colds. For asthmatics, applying eucalyptus oil to the chest can have a calming effect on the throat as it can can dilate blood vessels.
3. As aromatherapy
Stress that occurs can inhibit work productivity and have a negative impact on health. Use eucalyptus oil for quick stress relief.
Eucalyptus oil will give a warm sensation to the body and has a softer aroma, thus providing a calming effect. The aromatherapy sensation it causes can drive away anxiety and improve concentration.
4. Relieves toothache
Eucalyptus oil has a similar effect to the benefits of cloves. For instance, oil from cloves is taken to relieve toothache. It’s the same with eucalyptus oil. Mix eucalyptus oil with turmeric, then apply it on the aching tooth.
In addition, you can also put a cotton swab that has been moistened with eucalyptus oil on the aching tooth. Other than relieving pain, it can help kill many germs in the mouth.
5. Reduces fever symptoms
Fever can be relieved with a mixture of cold water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Use the mixture as a compress on the forehead. This will give a cooling effect on the body.
6. Eliminate pain
Eucalyptus oil has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and muscles. Not only that, it can also increase blood flow to the painful area so that it can reduce inflammation. If you feel pain in the joint area or usually the back, apply eucalyptus oil and massage gently.
7. Prevent infection in the wound
It turns out that eucalyptus oil can also prevent infection in wounds, heal and speed up the wound drying process. The antimicrobial and antiseptic content in it makes the wound protected from germs and therefore infection can be prevented. Mix clean water with a few drops of eucalyptus oil, then used to wash the wound.
8. Treating non-bacterial Sinusitis
For those of you with non-bacterial sinusitis, do this therapy to reduce sinus congestion and severe headaches. Mix eucalyptus oil on evaporation therapy with water.
When the water is boiled, add about 20 drops of eucalyptus oil. Then inhale the steam from this oil.
9. Reduce the risk of seizures and fainting
Seizures can be caused by high fever and this is very dangerous because it can cause death. To overcome this condition, simply apply eucalyptus oil under the nose and around the lips.
10. Repel insects and fleas
The strong aroma of eucalyptus oil can keep insects and mosquitoes away from you. Just apply eucalyptus oil to your skin. This can prevent you from diseases caused by mosquito bites, such as dengue fever.
If you have lice, eucalyptus oil can also repel lice from your hair. Instead of using products with harmful chemicals, it’s better to use eucalyptus oil instead. Just put a few drops on your head, then your hair will be clean again.
11. Remove acne scars on the face
The high inflammatory properties of eucalyptus oil have proven to be very suitable for treating acne prone skin and able to disguise acne scars on the face. Acne scars are certainly a problem that really interferes with your appearance. So far, how did you get rid of it? Maybe you need to try this method. Mix eucalyptus oil with aloe vera gel, then apply it on the face where there are acne scars.
12. Get rid of dandruff
If you have dandruff problems that don’t go away, maybe you should try using eucalyptus oil. The method is simple. Mix enough eucalyptus oil with coconut oil, then apply evenly on the scalp and massage gently for 20 minutes. Guaranteed, your dandruff problem will be solved if you do it regularly.
Have you tried any of the tips mentioned above? Tell us in the comments section below!