INCI: Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil
Extraction Method - Steam Distilled
This essential oil has a medicinal smell, but imparts a warming sensation when applied to the skin. Blends well with lavender, lemongrass and spearmint.
Eucalyptus tress are tall, aromatic evergreen tree of the myrtle family, chiefly native to Australia and Tasmania, bearing pendent leaves and umbels of white, red, or pink flowers and valued for the timber, gum and oil. Some seeds, having been sent to France in 1857, were planted in Algiers and thrived exceedingly well. Five years after planting the Eucalyptus, one of the most marshy and unhealthy districts of Algiers was converted into one of the healthiest and driest. As a result, the rapidly growing Eucalyptus trees are now largely cultivated in many temperate regions with the view of preventing malarial fevers. To the remarkable drainage afforded by its roots is also ascribed the gradual disappearance of mosquitoes in the neighborhood of plantations of this tree, as at Lake Fezara in Algeria.
Its properties are: antiseptic, astringent, tonic, antispasmodic, deodorant, expectorant, stimulant, antibiotic, rubefacient, febrifuge.
Historically this essential oil, has been used in lozenges and cough drops, is useful for lung diseases, sore throat, gout, syphilis, gonorrhea, typhoid, varicose ulcers, worms, colds, croup, diphtheria, malaria, neuralgia, piles, and sore throat. It can be used as a vapor bath and inhaled for asthma and other respiratory ailments, and is an antiseptic bath addition. Its expectorant properties are useful for bronchitis. The oil is also said to be useful for pyorrhea and for burns, to prevent infection. Externally, the antiseptic and deodorant qualities of the oil make it suitable for use on purulent (pus filled) wounds, sores, boils, and ulcers. Rubbed on the skin, oil of eucalyptus gives relief from the pain of arthritis, and rheumatism, it increases blood flow to the area, producing a feeling of warmth. The oil is commonly used in steam inhalation for colds and flu, a few whiffs is often all it takes to clear a stuffy nose and a foggy head.
Eucalyptus oil blends well with thyme, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, pine, cedarwood, and lemon.
Side effects from the eucalyptus tea or from any of the commercial preparations are extremely rare when directions of dosage are followed. With an overdose (this applies to all essential oils), muscular weakness, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been noted. Very few people have developed an allergy to eucalyptus oil. Do not use on broken or irritated skin. Do not use internally.