Essential Oils are Powerful, Use with Care – Eucalyptus Giveaway
This year I’ve been experimenting with using essential oils and getting to know more about them. While I’ve discovered many fantastic uses for these highly concentrated essences from natural plants and herbs, I’ve also learned that not all of them are safe for everybody. This makes sense, when you consider how well they work for some purposes, that they might also offer some unpleasant benefits if such powerful oils are used improperly.
Recently I’ve been looking for a natural bug repellent that really works, in order to avoid using DEET as much as possible. I found some very powerful-rating natural sprays and creams that employed eucalyptus as the main deterrent and even purchased some pure eucalyptus essential oil for myself, but then my husband tipped me off to the fact that eucalyptus essential oil is not recommended for young children. At first I argued this, as I generally do when I’m disappointed that my plans are not going to pan out, but then I did a little digging for myself and found that, yes, he was right (dang it).
Eucalyptus essential oil is not recommended for children under the age of 10 (some places say three, but I err on the side of caution). The reason for this is that it is high in 1,8-cineole, which has the potential to cause respiration to slow in children, whose lungs and nervous systems are still developing and delicate. Since I feel breathing is fairly important to my child’s welfare, I won’t be using any eucalyptus on or around her just in case.
If you have children at home, you may want to be aware of which oils are not safe for children, at which ages, and which essential oils are safe and helpful. You can take a look at this helpful post on essential oils and children, which I’ve found very useful.
While it may not be best for using on children, eucalyptus has some amazing benefits to offer for the older set. Here are some of the approved claims and uses I can share about this essential oil.
• Diffuse during the winter months to invigorate you on a cold, dreary day.
• Add to a spray bottle with water and use it to wipe down surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom.
• Place one to two drops in your hand and inhale deeply to clear the mind.
• Add one drop to moisturizer and apply to skin for revitalizing benefits.
• Place a few drops in your morning shower to invigorate and promote vitality.
So, while I am steering clear of this little bottle of oil, this may be something you’re interested in making use of. I would like to offer you the chance to benefit from what I cannot, so I am offering a giveaway of a 15-ml bottle of certified pure eucalyptus essential oil. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win this useful oil.