If you’re looking for something with all the right koala-fications to be your next favorite bathroom product, then you’ll love all the benefits of eucalyptus oil soap. From its health and bodily perks, to its uniquely pleasant scent, you won’t be able to leaf it alone in the shower.
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Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil Soap
Eucalyptus Takes Aromatherapy To The Next Level
If you’re trying to imagine what eucalyptus oil soap smells like, it’s fairly minty, with a hint of wood and citrus. When it’s not diluted with other ingredients it’s a bit pungent (think Vaporub minus the Vaseline smell).
More often than not, as long as you’re buying from a reputable soapmaker, it should smell mild and planty.
But even if you’re not a particular fan of eucalyptus, its unique scent has a lot of aromatherapeutic properties. It can clear your sinuses, relieve headaches, and work as a mild painkiller.
I get it if you’d rather choose a “manly” scent over eucalyptus. But, either way, I recommend keeping some in your cabinet for that once-a-week or so self-care shower session.
Also, if you’re into aromatherapy, then you’ll be happy to know that it’s one of the main benefits of patchouli soap.
Eucalyptus Oil Calms Inflammation
If rashy symptoms and seasonal irritation are driving you up the wall, let them drive you up the eucalyptus tree instead.
Eucalyptus oil is anti-inflammatory, so it soothes and repairs. And it does an even better job of it than most natural soaps. You’re getting all the usual cleansing properties of a soap, but on top of that, the cooling properties of an essential oil.
This is one of the best benefits of eucalyptus oil soap.
Eucalyptus Oil Soap Is Top-Notch In The Body Soap Department
I’m trying some out right now to help me relieve soreness (late-night jogs and sleeping on an air mattress…turns out that’s a bad combo).
Lots of natural soaps are great for weird skin conditions or gentle face cleansing, but eucalyptus is straight up good for your body, inside and out. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend it as a facial soap, simply because it would be a waste to use it on the one area of your body that doesn’t usually need ache-relief or anti-inflammation.
That’s not to say you can’t use it on your face. Just…don’t forget to use it on your body. That’s where you’ll see a big difference.
Supplement Pain Relievers With Eucalyptus Soap
Studies have found that the scent of cineole has a morphine-like effect in people (not koalas). It just so happens that cineole is one of the main components of eucalyptus oil.
That’s partially why eucalyptus is so effective at alleviating soreness and working as an anti-inflammatory. It’s just a great pain-reliever overall. Lots of people even use eucalyptus on minor skin wounds.
Its pain-relieving properties give eucalyptus oil soap a few more points in the “coolness” category over other natural soaps. You’ll smell and feel great!
Swap Out Vaporub For Eucalyptus
The only time I recommend a strongly-scented eucalyptus soap is allergy season. Eucalyptus has built its reputation as a scent that clears clogged sinuses and relieves respiratory illnesses.
It’ll smell better than Vaporub, but not as good as a regular mild bar of eucalyptus. A sort of happy in-between.
I enjoy it as a spring and summer soap to fight off pollen sniffles. You can also just keep it on-hand for your sick days—just be sure to check on it every month or so to make sure it hasn’t expired.
Eucalyptus oil is a heavyweight fighter in the world of natural bug repellents. Plus, you won’t have to smell like bug spray if you replace it with some eucalyptus soap.
Look for a soap bar with lemon (or any citrus ingredient) paired with eucalyptus. Those two are a power-combo together. Or, if you’d like to skip the eucalyptus entirely but still get the mosquito-deterrent, lemongrass soap has all those benefits and more.
Is Eucalyptus Soap Antibacterial?
Technically, all soap is antibacterial. ..or no soap is antibacterial, depending on how you look at it.
All soap breaks the bonds between your skin and germs. You’re quite literally washing bacteria down the drain when you rinse with soap. Only soap labeled “antibacterial” actually kills the germs, but it’s awful for the environment.
And really, at the end of the day, you’re getting the same benefits from “regular” soap and “antibacterial” soap, so better to save your wallet and the ecosystem by skipping out on the antibacterial sales pitch.
Eucalyptus soap is no exception. It’ll keep your hands and skin germ-free.
With that said, one of the main benefits of tea tree oil soap is its anti-bacterial properties.