Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia but is now highly cultivated around the world.
The largest varieties grow in Tasmania and Victoria and reach up to heights of 375 ft., making it one of the largest trees in the world and is the floral emblem of Tasmania.
The young leaves are covered with a blue grey wax, which is the origin of the name blue gum, and are in opposite pairs on a square stem. The older leaves are blue-green, alternate and sword shaped. The bark peels off in large chunks after time.
Eucalyptus oil is known as being one of the most powerful remedies to combat colds and clear the respiratory system. Use in a tincture or essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil is used in products like Vick’s Vaporub TM.
Make your own eucalyptus rub without the petroleum by-products and use carrier oil mixed with eucalyptus essential oil to rub on the body as a healthier, cheaper alternative when you need to decongest.
Popular carrier oils to use are coconut oil, jojoba, hempseed or even use olive oil.
Buy a sprig of eucalyptus at the florist to hang in the shower, or put a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a facecloth or in a small bowl or Chinese tea cup and place on the bottom of the tub or shower floor.
When the water or heat hits the essential oils it will release the aroma and turn your shower into an aromatherapy steam room.
Use Eucalyptus radiata with children.
|COMMON NAME||EUCALYPTUS aka Blue Gum|
|Latin Name||Eucalyptus globulus|
|Family||Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)|
|Country of Origin||Australia, Tasmania
main distributor China
|Extraction||steam distilled from leaves of the tree|
|Colour||clear to slight yellow|
|Aroma||sharp, strong, camphor|
|Caution Contraindications||Do not use during pregnancy, with high blood pressure, epilepsy, severe asthma, or with chemotherapy treatments. Do not store with homeopathic remedies.|
|Primary Uses||Respiratory: bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, sinusitis
Muscular: pain, arthritis, aches
Skin: wound healing, burns, aids in circulation and oxidation of cells,
|Properties||analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antispasmodic, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, anti-infective, astringent, carminative, decongestant, diaphoretic, drying, stimulating expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, immune stimulant, rubefacients,
(Primary properties are underlined)
|Constituents||Essential Oil Yield:
Sesquiterpene alcohols: <10% globulol, ledol, viridifloral,
Oxides: 50-85% Eucalyptol aka 1, 8 cineole,
Monoterpene alcohol: terpineole,
Monoterpenes: 10-15% a+b pinene, phellandrene, cymene, camphene,