This natural Australian oil is distilled from gum trees (eucalypts). It has many medicinal properties ranging from relieving the symptoms of colds and ‘flu, to easing aches and pains. It’s a penetrating oil that evaporates rapidly and is useful as an antiseptic, disinfectant and deodorant.
As regards cleaning, a small amount of eucalyptus oil will freshen a load of washing, and remove grease, gum and stubborn stains from clothes. It will also remove tar and adhesive material. Most wool washes include some eucalyptus oil.
Eucalyptus oil is useful as an insect repellent — especially in relation to flies, ants and cockroaches.
Although natural in origin, eucalyptus oil contains ingredients that are highly toxic when swallowed. Therefore, keep eucalyptus oil out of reach of children.