It’s fun to let the imagination run wild and find a natural spa setting where a natural spa treatment is an everyday event. That setting would certainly be different for everyone, but almost everyone would want to surround themselves in eucalyptus oil just like our furry friends the koalas do in Australia, which is one reason why spa uses of eucalyptus oil are so popular.
We can’t survive on a steady diet of eucalyptus leaves, but we can immerse ourselves in the aroma and use the vapor to clear congestion and relax the nervous system. Eucalyptus is one of the essential oils that make an expensive spa treatment worthwhile, but we can get the same sense of calm if eucalyptus oil is used in a weekly aromatherapy treatment at home.
Day spas give you the full treatment, which can include a eucalyptus oil massage; a sauna with eucalyptus oil percolating in the steam; and a hot tub experience that has the essence of eucalyptus dancing through the air. Most people don’t realize it, but eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries to alleviate colds and coughs, as well as nasal congestion, a sore throat, and even the flu.
Spas Use Different Grades Of Eucalyptus Oil
Some spas mix essential oils and produce a mixture of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, wintergreen, and jasmine oil, and that special blend serves as massage oil as well as oil that can be inhaled during aromatherapy. The slow release process produces excellent results. The medicated vapors linger and the medicinal effect is prolonged.
Spas usually use different grades of eucalyptus oil, so a little research on oil grades is necessary in order to use the right grade to get desired results. The supreme grade is 100% natural pharmaceutical-grade eucalyptus oil. It contains 80 to 85% cineole which is the chemical compound that gives the oil its aromatic and healing qualities.
The next grade is sometimes called the mentholyptus grade because it is a mixture of the supreme grade, menthol crystals, and a little citrus oil. This high-quality mixture is a favorite in premier spas that pamper the rich and famous. This eucalyptus oil blend is used in a programmable automatic steam injection system or it can be used in a trigger spray bottle that releases a mist into the air.
There’s the eucamist blend that is not as concentrated as the supreme blend, but still has that unforgettable aroma and produces excellent results, especially when it is used as massage oil or is put into an automatic steam injection system. It works well in a trigger sprayer so this blend is a popular choice for cost-conscious spa lovers.
There are spa uses of eucalyptus oil both as a diluted massage oil and in a facial steam or aromatherapy preparation. As Australian aborigines already knew, eucalyptus oil is effective at soothing sore muscles and banishing fatigue after strenuous activity. Due to eucalyptus oil’s antiseptic actions, it has also been used to treat skin conditions, and cooling eucalyptus vapor can also provide marvelous relief from respiratory congestion resulting from colds or sinusitis, and even ease congestion-related headaches. Simply inhale the vaporous essence of eucalyptus from a diffuser or steam bath to open up respiratory passages. Also, you can combine the best of eucalyptus oil’s topical and aromatic effects by preparing a home spa bath: simply place a few diluted drops of eucalyptus oil in hot or warm water to create a blend that will melt away stress and leave the body and mind refreshed.
Any treatment that’s done in a spa can also be done at home. You’ll need some menthol crystals as well as a trigger sprayer, and some sort of vaporizer for inhalation. A masseuse would be nice, but a friend or partner can make the experience just as effective and even more memorable, especially while the eucalyptus fragrance is stimulating the hormones. That’s when the after-spa activities get interesting as well as incredibly exciting.