Benefits and Properties
of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
There are around 300 varieties, but only about 15 that make a valuable oil.
Only two are usually used in aromatherapy.
The most common and widely used is the E. globulus variety, with its strong
E. radiate is less known and rarely used but also a good choice. The other one to use is the grassy, fresh, lemon-scented E. citriodora. This one is a good choice to use with children and to use to vary the oil when used over a long period of time.
Myrtaceae - myrtle or eucalyptus family
Place of Origin
Tasmania and Australia: today it is also cultivated in Egypt, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, India and some warm places in the United States like California.
The leaves of the eucalyptus are single, long pointed, tough and yellow-green on older trees but round and silvery blue-green on younger ones. If you hold a leaf up to the light you can see the oil glands. It is a particularly hard wood with a light bark, this evergreen grows to about 330 feet tall and is often called gum tree. The flower buds pop open when ready to pollinate. This quick growing tree requires a lot of water to grow.
Eucalyptus oil is steam distilled from young or old leaves and older twigs and branches and is colorless when fresh and becomes pale yellow with age. It has a strong camphor-like lemony scent with a woody-sweet undertone. You get about one pound of oil from fifty pounds of plant material and younger trees usually produce more oil than older ones.
It is a top note oil.
Eucalyptol, cineol, limonene, cymene, phellandrene, terpinene, aromadendrene, butylaldehyde, camphen, pinen, fenchen, globulol, terpineol, isoamylalcohol,
Blends well with
Tea tree, lavender, lemon, bergamot, pine, rosemary, balm, verbena, thyme, hyssop
Externally when properly diluted it is a non-irritating, non-toxic and non-sensitizing oil, a rather safe oil for you to use.
Some say internally it is toxic and potentially fatal. Others suggest using orally for things like kidney and bladder infections.
Aproximate drops per use
Use about 4-5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier
Beneficial Effects – Physical
Bactericide, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antispasmodic, febrifuge, astringent, analgesic, expectorant, decongestant, diuretic, cooling and warming.
Specific Conditions – Physical
Asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, throat infections, fever, kidney infections, bladder infections, croup, burns, blisters, sprains, sinus infection,
Beneficial Effects – Mental
Balancing, head clearing, stimulating,
Specific Conditions – Mental
Relieves emotional overload, overcomes sluggishness and increases interest. It is very good for refreshing and stimulating to increase concentrations and the thought process.
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This is one essential oil that I would be sure and keep on hand, it is so versatile and can be used for so many normal everyday uses and needs. It is a very affordable essential oil so you can use it for many things with out worrying about it being expensive like some oils that you want to be stingy with.
You can use it for most any infection because it is a strong germicidal.
It is great to use for skin problems like blisters, wounds that are healing slowly, skin ulcers, insect bites, acne, facial blimishes and dandruff. Also works well in deodorant. It also helps with measles, chickenpox and shingles (combine with bergamot) as it works as an effective local pain killer. It is also valuable for burns, (along with lavender) in helping to form new tissue while healing.
Use for urinary tract infection, apply a massage application or compression to both the front and back of the affected area.
With the wonderful antiseptic quality it works great for coughs, colds, bronchitis, and other respiratory system problems. It works wonders for many breathing difficulties by using in a massage oil or salve and using as a chest rub (I like to rub it into the chest and upper back). Don’t forget to massage the bottom of the feet with it also. Or just inhale from the bottle or from a cloth.
For a sore throat or laryngitis or other throat infections and problems. Use with the massage oil on the outside of the throat and you can also make a throat spray (but be sure to not swallow it). Mix 3 drops oil with 1 ounce of vodka and 1 ounce of distilled water and put in a spray bottle.
If a very small child or baby is having problems breathing put a drop of the oil on their clothes under their chin instead of directly on the skin. If they are they are coming down with a cold diffuse the eucalyptus oil with equal parts tea tree and lavender.
Another great way to use this oil is to diffuse it into the air. Especially during cold and flu season, it helps cleanse the air, kills bacteria in the room and protects so everyone doesn’t end up sick. You can also add lemon and rosemary or thyme to the eucalyptus.
Are you coming down with the flu? Make a standard dilution massage oil with a combination ratio of 2 drops tea tree to 3 drops eucalyptus and do a whole body massage using gentle lymphatic massage.
If you have sinus problems mix with rosemary and geranium and diffuse or inhale from a cloth. To make a massage oil add it to a carrier oil along with rosemary, geranium and peppermint and massage around the neck, ears, and sinus areas – forehead, nose, checks (don’t get too close to the eyes).
Because of its cooling ability you can use it if you become over heated from hot weather or exercise. Inhale it and add to some cool water and use as a compression on back of neck and on the legs. You can add some lavender oil to the water also.
Using this cool compress on the legs also works great in helping to bring down a fever (again don’t forget to use in a massage oil to the bottom of the feet). Also dilute it in carrier oil and add to a bath. Use a really low dilution ratio when adding to bath, adding too much can cause shivering. These work well with any illness that involves a fever. Also diffusing the oil helps to kill germs as well as helping to lower the fever.
The cooling, warming and analgesic properties of this oil make it good to use to relieve muscular and skeletal general aches and pains. Use in massage oil to also aid with rheumatism and arthritis.
Use in a whole body massage to aid circulation.
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This is a really good antiseptic oil for use in your home. Put in a spray bottle with water to disinfect, add to you wash water when doing laundry, use to remove tar from skin or clothing. Click
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Insect do not like the scent of eucalyptus. You can burn in a aroma lamp, use in a spray around door and window opening, or add to a repellant lotion to help keep them at bay. It helps keep them away and is also soothing if bitten.
Eucalyptus trees have been planted to swampy areas in North Africa to deter mosquitoes from breeding in the area around the trees. This is done to help in controlling the spread of malaria .
Use it in a combination with other oils that are effective insect repellents like citronella, lemongrass, lemon, pennyroyal, geranium, lavender, cedarwood, peppermint, cypress, cinnamon, basil, rue, and thyme.
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