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One of the ingredients we use is in our FLYY nasal inhalers is eucalyptus oil. We absolutely love it because this wonderful smelling oil has an amazing ability to help relieve a blocked-up nose, clear your head, and make you feel so much better!

It's also a natural, plant-based ingredient that blends perfectly with the other essential oils we use. 

You might recognise the scent of eucalyptus oil because lots of over-the-counter remedies incorporate it in products that offer relief from a cold or flu. So, what exactly is eucalyptus oil, what can it do for you, and is it good to inhale? Also, does it have any side effects you need to know about?

We’re here to answer all these questions and more.

What Is Eucalyptus Oil?

Eucalyptus oil comes from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, which is a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia. Koala bears certainly know the answer to the question, 'What is eucalyptus?' — they love the leaves of this tree. 

Did you know that koalas survive by eating the stringy leaves, even though the leaves contain toxic molecules that make them inedible to most other living creatures?

There are hundreds of different species of eucalyptus, but the main source for essential oil today is the eucalyptus globulus, also known as the Blue Gum. To obtain the oil from the big green leaves, the leaves are dried, crushed, and steam-distilled.

The colourless liquid can then be used in a myriad of ways, for medicinal purposes and in cosmetic and home fragrance products, to name just a few.

What Are Eucalyptus Oil’s Benefits?

The reason eucalyptus oil smells so good is down to a major compound of the oil called 1,8-cineole. 1,8-cineole is also known as eucalyptol, and it is well-known among pharmacists for its ability to reduce the thickness of mucus and relieve muscle spasms in the respiratory tract. Here's some information on exactly what eucalyptus is good for and how to use it.

It Helps Soothe a Cough

A great way to benefit from eucalyptus oil is to inhale it as a vapour or take it orally for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can help to relieve an irritating cough and get mucus off your chest, which is why it is commonly used in cold and flu remedies, including vapour rubs, cough medicines, and lozenges.

It’s Bad News for Viruses

The amazing 1,8-cineole in eucalyptus oil has fantastic antimicrobial effects. 1,8-cineole affects many bacteria, including MRSA, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, viruses, fungi, and toenail fungus.

It Has Benefits for the Body After Exercise 

One study investigated the anti-fatigue, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects of eucalyptus essential oil after high-intensity endurance exercise. Testing the oil on rats, researchers found that eucalyptus oil increased swimming performance and antioxidant capacity. The oil also decreased oxidative damage and inflammatory reactions in tissues.

It’s Great for Aching Muscles

As well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, eucalyptus oil is immune-stimulating, has analgesic effects, and can soothe and relieve aching muscles. For these reasons, manufacturers use eucalyptus oil in over-the-counter creams and ointments formulated to provide relief from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, and joint or muscle injuries. You can also find it in bath salts and scented bathroom products. 

It Smells So Fresh

Talking of creams, cosmetics, and household products, another reason manufacturers include eucalyptus oil in their ingredients is that it smells so good. It can actually make you tingle all over. It’s used in perfume, soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, and grease remover. It can also reduce dental plaque and gingivitis and improve bad breath. This has to be one of the most naturally refreshing scents in the world. 

It Helps Heals Wounds

The benefits associated with eucalyptus oil don't end there. Research has found that eucalyptus oil is active against the bacteria that causes post-operative wound infection, toxic shock syndrome, food poisoning, and urinary tract infections. It’s a great antiseptic and may also be an effective treatment for minor cuts and wounds. You can apply eucalyptus oil to a cold sore to reduce the pain and speed up the healing process.

Eucalyptus Potential Side Effects

As long as you buy your eucalyptus oil from a reputable seller, use it safely, and don't ingest it, you shouldn’t experience any unpleasant side effects. The safest way to enjoy the benefits of this magnificent oil is to inhale it.

Follow these tips to stay safe:

- Buy your essential oils from a reputable seller and carefully follow the instructions for use.

- When taken orally, eucalyptus oil should be first diluted with water.

- When applied to the skin, it should be used with a carrier oil or lotion.

- Children and pregnant or nursing women should not ingest eucalyptus oil, but they can inhale it.

- Those with a medical condition should seek advice before using eucalyptus oil, particularly if you take any medications that are processed by the liver.

- Since eucalyptus oil might affect blood sugar levels, do not use it for two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

- If you are allergic to tea tree oil, you might also be allergic to eucalyptus oil.

Ready to FLYY?

Eucalyptus is one of the ingredients in FLYY’s nasal inhalers, so when you purchase an inhaler from us, you can enjoy the benefits in the safest way possible. There's no need to worry about measuring it out, mixing it, or applying it correctly to your skin — you just breathe it in! 

Specially formulated with all-natural, plant-based ingredients, FLYY inhalers have been created to give you an instant boost when you are on the go, improve your focus, and enhance your day. Find out for yourself what eucalyptus oil can do for you, especially when it's combined with other premium ingredients by the experts at FLYY.