As we continue our oral health series on essential oils, today we are reviewing eucalyptus essential oil. Yesterday we talked about peppermint essential oil and how it can kill anaerobic bacteria that causes gum disease, but today we’re discussing eucalyptus essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil is a distilled oil that comes from the dried leaves of eucalyptus – a colorless liquid with a strong woody and sweet smell. There are four types of eucalyptus essential oils: polybractea "Blue Mallee", globulus "Blue Gum", radiata "narrow-leaved peppermint", and citriodora "lemon-scented gum".
Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections owing to its germicidal properties. This is why eucalyptus essential oil is so commonly found as an active ingredient in mouthwash, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene products.
How to Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Oral Health
Eucalyptus oil exhibits antibacterial activity against cariogenic (tooth decay-causing) and periodontopathic bacteria. To use, dilute 1 drop with olive or coconut oil and swish in the mouth or apply 1 drop to your toothpaste before brushing.
Always see your dentist for serious gum disease. Eucalyptus essential oil should only be used as a temporary way to treat dental plaque and gingivitis. Your best remedy is to see your dentist. If you are in the Indianapolis area and you have gum or dental pain, consider calling Dr. Reese, a holistic dentist at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dial 317-882-0228 and ask for an initial consultation.