PORTRAIT

You’ve probably heard of eucalyptus oil before, and eucalyptus globulus—with its strong, medicinal scent—is the most common variety. This essential oil is great for respiratory support, helping with colds and coughs, and for pain relief. Eucalyptus oil may also be helpful with sore joints, rheumatism, sore muscles and sprains, headaches, and fevers. Medical doctor Jean Valnet even found that a 2% solution of eucalyptus oil will kill 70% of airborne staph bacteria. This is a must-have for your medicine cabinet!

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Branches & Leaves
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Oxides. Is a cineole-rich oil.
Country of Origin: Spain, Australia, Corsica, Portugal
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Camphoraceous and fresh
Note Classification: Top/Middle

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties

  • Promotes health, well-being, purification and healing.
  • Relieves exhaustion and encourages a sense of extra support.
  • Cools and cleanses to reduce negative emotions.
  • Uplifting.  Clears the mind.

Therapeutic Properties

  • Antifungal — An agent capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Antimicrobial – An agent that resists or destroy pathogens.
  • Antiseptic – Assists in fighting germs/infections.
  • Bactericide – An agent that destroys bacteria.
  • Decongestant – Reduces nasal mucus production and swelling.
  • Expectorant– Promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs and throat.
  • Mucolytic — Breaks down mucus (pulmonary).

HOW TO USE

Bath: Add 8–10 drops of eucalyptus globulus to each ounce of salt (Pink Himalayan Salt or Epsom Salts). Use 1 tablespoon of that blended salt and mix with 1 tablespoon of milk or carrier oil. Add to a full warm bath to relieve respiratory conditions, fever, joint pain and muscular aches.

Colds, Sinus & Flu: Add a few drops to a steam blend to help break up mucous in the sinuses and chest. For example, place 3–4 drops of oil into a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head, close your eyes, and breathe in the vapors

Diffuser: Use in a diffuser throughout the house as a preventative measure. The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air, keeping the environment of the rooms clean and sterilized.

Fevers and Reducing Body Temperature: Eucalyptus oil is also known as “fever oil”. Blend 4 drops of eucalyptus globulus oil and 3 drops peppermint oil into 1 oz. carrier oil or unscented lotion. Massage into bottom of feet to help reduce fevers.

Headaches: See Pain Relief Blend in recipes tab.

Inhaler: See Breathe recipe in recipes tab.

Insect Bites & Stings: Blend 10–12 drops of Eucalyptus oil into 1 oz. of aloe vera gel. Apply to insect bite as often as needed.

Joint Pain: See Pain Relief Blend in recipes tab.

Sore Stiff Muscles: See Pain Relief Blend in recipes tab.

Sprains: See Pain Relief Blend in recipes tab.

Wounds, Burns and Abrasions: Blend 10–12 drops of Eucalyptus oil into 1 oz. of aloe vera gel. Apply to abrasions as often as needed.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

 

RECIPES

Anti-inflammatory Massage Blend

4 drops eucalyptus globulus

3 drops lemongrass

3 drops german chamomile

Add to 1 oz. of jojoba oil and massage into affected area.

 

Cold & Flu Chest Rub Blend

4 drops of eucalyptus globulus

2 drops of clary sage

3 drops of frankincense

2 drops of laurel leaf

Add to 1 oz. of jojoba and massage into chest, neck and upper back area.

 

Breathe Inhaler

4 drops eucalyptus globulus

4 drops eucalyptus dives

3 drops rosemary ct verbenone

2 drops grapefruit

1 blank inhaler

Directions: Drop all oils into a blank inhaler. Inhale as often as needed.

 

Pain Relief Blend

4 drops eucalyptus globulus

4 drops helichrysum

3 drops peppermint

4 drops wintergreen

1 oz. carrier oil or unscented lotion

Directions: Blend all ingredients together in a 1 oz. container. Massage into effected area.

SAFETY

Eucalyptus globulus is too strong to use with babies or children under five years old on their faces or in a steam. Use with caution in cases of high blood pressure, epilepsy, or asthma. Care must be taken when using with asthmatics. Research shows it can be helpful with bronchial asthma, but research also shows concern it may set off an asthma attack. If oxidized, it may cause irritation or sensitization.

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

More Info

Eucalyptus Oil is extracted from a beautiful, fragrant, tall evergreen tree native to Australia, and particularly Tasmania. Of the 500 types of Eucalyptus tree species, which yield an essential oil, Eucalyptus Globulus is the most common for medicinal purposes due to its high cineol (or eucalyptol) content.  Eucalyptus has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa. Though many countries produce eucalyptus oil in small quantities, the prime source of eucalyptus oil for the world is still Australia.  Due to the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the compound high cineol (or eucalyptol) which is present in its makeup, it is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes.

References:

1. Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003

2. Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

3. Keville, K. Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, The Crossing press, USA, 1995

4. Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996

5. Price S. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Churchill Livingstone, 1995

6. Schnaubelt K. Advanced Aromatherapy, The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1998

7. Tisserand R. The Art of Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1977

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