Invest in self-care
Never have we collectively been more conscious of our health than during this awful pandemic, which has impacted millions around the world. But even now most of us are still guilty of not taking time out to look after ourselves properly, and soldiering on regardless. Well, we think it’s time to press pause and invest in some self-care.
In this article we champion the health benefits of eucalyptus – the most underrated, hero ingredient in our collection. At Verdant Alchemy we believe in the power of nature. Our mission is to help you cut out the chemical nasties you unknowingly absorb through your skin whilst washing, and instead elevate your routine by using all-natural ingredients that give back.
The eucalyptus tree originates from Australia, and for centuries native Aboriginals used eucalyptus as a remedy for fever, wounds, coughs, asthma and joint pain. Ancient explorers even gave the tree the name ‘fever tree’ because of its disease-fighting properties.
For most of us the nostalgic smell of Vicks VapoRub brings back childhood memories. It invokes a comforting, warm feeling, but not of all us would name eucalyptus as the key active ingredient. In fact, eucalyptus is found in scores of over the counter cold and flu treatments.
Our specially formulated Breathe In bath salts were born for the moments when you feel blocked up, under the weather and your spirits & immune system need a lift. It’s a marriage made in heaven, combining the therapeutic process of inhaling steam while bathing with the decongestive & expectorant properties of eucalyptus to soothe and cleanse.
Here comes the science
Cineole is the powerful active ingredient in eucalyptus oil that works as an expectorant, helping clear your airways and lungs. Antioxidant properties that boost your immune system, while antimicrobial action fights many bacteria that cause respiratory illnesses.
Aside from the mainstream usage of eucalyptus to help treat colds and flu, we also found several potential side benefits. While they will not all work for everyone, there are sufficient publications to suggest that it has proved successful for many of us.
Skin inflammation – We often forget the skin is the largest organ in the body, so let’s look after it. Naturally concentrated antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties have shown eucalyptus is great for your skin. Soothing inflammation & abrasions and even helping treat more serious skin conditions such as eczema. Eucalyptus helps improve dry skin by increasing its ceramide content. Ceramides are fatty acids that are responsible for maintaining the skins barrier and retaining its moisture. Dry skin, dandruff, dermatitis and psoriasis are usually a result of lower ceramide levels.
Relaxation & stress relief – While we know it has been widely used in aromatherapy for many years and the soothing aromas promote a state of calm. Scientists have since gathered sufficient evidence to demonstrate that eucalyptus essential oils do reduce stress & promote relaxation in the body.
Mosquito repellent – If the fear of getting bitten on holiday has you reaching for the DEET, but the thought of putting harsh chemicals on your skin is a turn off – There is a natural alternative. High eucalyptol concentrations in eucalyptus oil act as a natural powerful insect repellent. In fact, the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention lists lemon eucalyptus oil as an approved insect repellent.
Asthma – A 12-week study gave 32 people with bronchial asthma either 600mg of eucalyptol or a placebo each day. Those in the eucalyptol group required 36% less medication to control their asthma symptoms, compared with those in the control group, who needed 7% less.
It is important to note that you shouldn’t apply pure essential oils directly to your skin, the high concentration can be damaging. We recommend you take a few scoops of Breathe In bath salts and add them to your bath, and simply let nature work its magic. Remember to stay hydrated and a great night’s sleep should follow – the next day you should feel re-energised.