Eucalyptus and Peppermint, Making Sense of Scents
These two uplifting herbs share many of the same properties, yet are very distinct. You would never eat a eucalyptus candy cane! Let’s break down each herb, their scent, properties, and uses to better understand how chamomile and lavender can benefit us.
Eucalyptus: This fresh herb comes from the Myrtaceae family and is native to Australia, Tasmania, China, and portions of Europe. With an invigorating camphor aroma, this scent will penetrate your head and wake you (and your sinuses) right up. Eucalyptus works well as an antiseptic, pain reliever, expectorant, and is stimulating. Best for adults only, use it to help relieve a cough, clear up a stuffy nose, aid in lung congestion, and ease muscle pain.
Did you know?
- Eucalyptus works well in treating bug bites and is a great bug repellent.
- A few drops in a steamy shower will help ease sinus, lung, stuffy head, and achy body symptoms.
- Eucalyptus has antiseptic, antifungal, and deodorizing properties.
Peppermint: Native to the Mediterranean, western Asia, and the US, this plant derives from the Lamiaceae family and produces a cool menthol aroma. Properties of peppermint include cooling, stimulation, digestion, pain relief, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. Best for adult use only and not for breastfeeding moms, it might be best to avoid if you have sensitive skin. Great for headaches, nausea, gas, cramps, upset stomach, coughs, stress, mental fatigue, and bad breath.
Did you know?
- Peppermint contains elements of vitamins A and C.
- Peppermint’s calming properties can improve irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
- Bad breath can be gone with peppermint, due to the plant killing, smell inducing bacteria in the mouth.
Both herbs are excellent to have on hand to treat a variety of symptoms, especially during the winter months when cold and flu season strikes hardest.