Eucalyptus oil benefits are most often seen as an essential oil in relaxing massage, a bug repellent, a disinfectant, an air freshener, and as one of the best essential oils to add to lotions for relief of muscle and joint pains.
Pure eucalyptus oil is steam distilled from the oil in leaves of the eucalyptus tree.
Because there are different kinds of species of these trees, not all produce the oil. Also, different species of eucalyptus tree produce different medicinal attributes in the oil.
This oil is flammable and is a natural disinfectant and insect repellent. It is contained in many rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes.
It's main ingredient is cineole, also known as eucalyptol, which gives eucalyptus oil it's amazing aroma.
The percentage of cineole may be what makes some brands of eucalyptus oil higher in price than other brands. Oils with higher grades of cineole are proud of that fact, and often state this on the label.
Like most of the best essential oils, eucalyptus oil should be stored in a dark glass bottle, in a cool room, with very little direct sunlight. If stored properly, the oil can keep 1-2 years.
Eucalyptus essential oil is very popular with massage therapists!
You can read more about the history of medicinal Eucalyptus oil benefits at MedicalNews.