Eucalyptus Globulus, Sweet, Part. Rect.
Gum Tree, Blue Gum, Fever Tree.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil is often used in saunas and steam rooms, where it lends a refreshing fragrance as it opens the breathing passages. Eucalyptus also has a cooling sensation that helps sore muscles.
Farming Method Wildcrafted Country of Origin Spain Plant Part Leaf Scientific Name Eucalyptus globulus Application Method Compress, Diffusion, Topical
Eucalyptus Globulus is known for healing and easing symptoms of infectious illnesses. Just its presence in the air has a purifying influence, attacking airborne germs. Eucalyptus Globulus is the instantly recognizable scent of most cough and cold chest rubs, inhalers and medicines.
The warming effect of Eucalyptus is helpful in soothing sore throats and breathing passages. It is antiseptic, attacking mucus and the cold virus. It is good for treating and preventing colds, particularly with congestion.
Eucalyptus Globulus is also effective for easing muscle pain, destroying lice and repelling insects.
For use on the skin (Topical Application), dilute up to 1-2% in any carrier oil; 2% is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil.
Congestion, colds, flu: Diffusion
Constricted breathing: Topical Application to chest
Sore muscles: Topical Application
Repelling insects: Topical Application
Lice: Add 2% to any carrier oil and massage onto head. Leave on for at least an hour.
Sore throat: Diffusion
Fever: Cold Compress on legs
Skin rashes, insect bites, dandruff: Topical Application
Not appropriate for use with babies and small children. Toxic if taken internally, and even small amounts can be fatal.
Outside Australia, eucalyptus is a fairly modern discovery to the world. It was first distilled for use as an essential oil in 1854. Eucalyptus was later utilized to prevent disease during World War I and was also used to control outbreaks of illnesses such as influenza and meningitis.
About the Plant
It is a fragrant, hardwood tree that has small, light green, ashy leaves. Upon maturity, the leaves become crinkly, long and darker green. In Spain the wood is used to make furniture.There are 600 varieties of eucalyptus, but only 20 or so have been used for the production of essential oil. The other hundreds of varieties, mostly found in Australia, serve as food for koala bears, who feast on the plentiful eucalyptus leaves as 100 percent of their diet.
Organic Eucalyptus Globulus has been a widespread problem, in that it has not lived up to the expected benefit of bronchial relief. The reason for this lies in the nature of Eucalyptus Globulus itself. E. globulus is one of five Eucalyptus oils that Amrita sells; each of the five has a unique value. E. globulus is commonly sold in a highly rectified form; rectification is a way of redistilling an oil and thus removing parts of it.
In this case, the rectification is done to increase the so-called “active” mucus-solving compound 1.8-cineol, as well as to remove the oil’s strange fruity smell. This rectification process increases the 1.8-cineol content from 65% to about 85% or 90%.
The 1.8-cineol is responsible for the mucus-solving property of the oil. Unfortunately, it also has a contracting effect on smooth muscle tissue. That’s why no one really feels much benefit from ordinary Eucalyptus.
The contracting effects of the rectified oil on the bronchi are counterproductive to the desired relaxation. It can be rather detrimental, when the bronchi contract while one battles a respiratory infection. In its unrectified form, the oil has a relaxing effect on the smooth muscle tissue of the bronchi.
Interestingly, unrectified E. globulus has its own problem. A number of high-boiling compounds (those with high boiling points) in unrectified E. globulus are irritating to the upper respiratory organs. Among them are aromadendrene and delta-cadinene, which are each often there in quantities of 3% or more.
Thus while unrectified E. globulus does not contract the bronchi, it has this irritating effect, at least for some people. Fortunately, Amrita has finally located a source of organic unrectified E. globulus that is very low in these high-boiling substances. It gives you the advantages Eucalyptus should have: It relaxes the bronchi, dissolves mucus and does not irritate the mucus membranes when inhaled. And its unusual fruity smell is minimized.
Scent: Eucalyptus has a medicinal odor: minty, camphorous and refreshing. The unrectified Eucalyptus Globulus has a nicer scent and is therapeutically superior to the industrially produced rectified oil.
Blends With: Basil, Cedar, Frankincense, Sweet Marjoram, Pine.
Composition: 1.8-cineole, pinene, phellandrene,, limonene, terpinen-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitone, delta-cadinene