How Eucalyptus Leaf is Used in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel
Eucalyptus leaf, whose calming oil is renowned for its antimicrobial and skin restoring properties, is a key ingredient in our new Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel. But how does this powerful ingredient work to propel your body to peak athletic performance? Read on to find out!
The eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia whose leaves have long been used for their medicinal properties. Sometimes they're incorporated into topical skin health and pain relief creams, but they're also inhaled as essential oils or steeped for tea. Their benefits may include:
Skin Barrier Protection
Eucalyptus leaf contains an antibacterial compound known as macrocarpal A, which appears to stimulate production of ceramides, fatty acids in the skin that retain moisture and maintain the skin barrier. Ceramides don't just prevent dry skin, but also prevent water loss through the skin, which can help prevent dehydration during intense physical activity. Their maintenance of the skin barrier also prevents microorganisms from entering, which can help fight against bacteria and fungus common in locker rooms and gyms.
Athletes in many sports, especially high-contact sports like wrestling and football, know about the potential for skin infections. Eucalyptus oil has shown promise as an antiseptic agent with antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal potential. There are even indications that it can stimulate immune response to help destroy foreign pathogens. Also relevant to athletes, its antifungal effects have been tested successfully on feet, meaning that it could present a barrier to conditions like athlete's foot.
The main component of eucalyptus oil is an anti-inflammatory terpenoid called eucalyptol, or cineole. Eucalyptol makes up 90 percent of eucalyptus oil, and is responsible for the minty smell of eucalyptus and its spicy taste. But most importantly, eucalyptol exhibits anti-inflammatory properties mediated through the ion channel TRPM8. This is the same channel activated by menthol for its cooling, anti-inflammatory function.
The anti-inflammatory compounds in eucalyptus, including eucalyptol, are indicated for pain relief and have been successfully tested for analgesic properties as well as reduced blood pressure levels. Many people rub topical eucalyptus into sore muscles and joints for both its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects. In addition, its ability to reduce blood pressure is connected to its calming properties, perfect for athletes seeking to quell performance anxiety or come down after intense training or competition.
Terpenoids like eucalyptol exhibit powerful antioxidant properties and the ability to reduce oxidative stress, the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants. This imbalance can cause cellular damage resulting in inflammation. Antioxidant-rich compounds like these can reduce that damage, stopping joint inflammation before it starts.
The potent effects of eucalyptus work in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel whether you're looking to enhance performance or recover faster. The anti-inflammatory and pain relief powers of eucalyptol can alleviate soreness and improve your range of motion both before and after exertion. Its ability to protect the skin barrier combined with an effective antimicrobial capability means that you won't have to worry about skin damage and infections, no matter how hard you play or train.
Are you looking to boost your athletic performance and improve recovery time from physical exertion? Try Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel today!