while there are many more reasons for using eucalyptus oil, here are our top 5:

1. help to silence a cough, clear your chest
some over-the-counter cough medications have eucalyptus oil as one of their active ingredients. the popular rub is applied to the chest and throat to relieve cough symptoms from the common cold or flu. additionally, it can also help get the mucus out of your chest. inhaling vapor made with the essential oil can loosen mucus so that when you do cough, it’s expelled. using a rub containing eucalyptus oil will produce the same effect.

2. disinfect wounds
the australian aborigines used eucalyptus leaves to treat wounds and prevent infection. today the diluted oil may still be used on the skin to fight inflammation and promote healing.

3. breathe easy
respiratory conditions such as asthma and sinusitis may be helped by inhaling steam with added eucalyptus oil.

4. helps to soothe cold sores
the anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus can ease symptoms of herpes. applying eucalyptus oil to a cold sore may reduce pain and speed up the healing process.

5. helps ease joint pain
research suggests that eucalyptus oil eases joint pain. this oil can help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions. it may also be helpful to people experiencing back pain or those recovering from a joint or muscle injury.