Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Aroma: clean, herbaceous, fresh, crisp, medicinal
Extraction: Steam Distillation
Parts Used: Leaves/Twigs
Chemical Family: Oxides
Fantastic for respiratory complaints and to calm coughs. Try diffusing or using steam inhalation when congested, to boost immunity and to help the body fight off a cold or flu. Try massaging into sore muscles and joints to ease the pain of arthritis or overuse. Eucalyptus globulus is also great for taking care of minor wounds, cuts, burns, infection prevention and blisters.
Apply 1-2 diluted drops on area of concern, pulse points, abdomen, back
Add several drops to skin or skin care products
Add 8-10 drops to a diffuser
Add a drop to palms of hands, cover nose and mouth and inhale
Add to water in spray bottle to spritz in room or on linens
Inhale scent directly from bottle, or put a drop on tissue and inhale
Contraindications: Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children.
Our Recommendations: If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have liver or kidney disfunction, consult your health care practioner before use. Avoid eyes, mucous membranes, and sensitive skin. Keep out of reach of children.
If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (If it is not already diluted, dilute with a carrier oil).
Store in a covered or dark, airtight container in the refrigerator or cool area for longest shelf life.
The essential oil has analgesic and peripheral antinociceptive activities.
The essential oil can decrease sebum production as it can reduce the size of sebaceous glands.
It is also active against Propionibacterium acnes (bacteria which causes acne) possibly due to γ-terpinene and α-pinene.
Eucalyptus essential oil is effective against a range of bacterial respiratory pathogens. Cermelli et al. (2008) stated that its antiviral activity was minimal against adenovirus and mumps virus.
The essential oil is dominated by 1,8 cineole, which is active against Candida species.
Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory actions.
The essential oil has demonstrated good antioxidant activity.
1,8 cineole has been shown to have antispasmodic effects on tissues.
Edris (2007) reviewed the literature and identified that the essential oil has antiviral potential.
1,8 cineole can improve cognitive performance.
1,8 cineole has an expectorant effect.
Increases Cerebral Blood Flow
Increases cerebral blood flow: Inhalation of 1,8 cineole, the major constituent of Eucalyptus oil, increases cerebral blood flow.
Eucalyptus oil has mucolytic and expectorant actions.
Skin Penetration Enhancement
1,8 cineole has skin penetration enhancing properties.