Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Description, Benefits & Uses


The Eucalyptus oil is one of the most widely used natural essential oils in the world. The oil owes its popularity to the fact that it contains a non-toxic compound called Cineole which has numerous advantages and medicinal uses.

Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the tall evergreen eucalyptus tree. The tree, which has the botanical name Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as fever tree, blue gum tree or stringy bark tree. 1000 kg of raw material is needed to prepare 3-5 kg of finished essential oil.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus Labill) is native to Australia and 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 Australia.

Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinct taste and odor.

Though eucalyptus essential oil has most of the properties of a typical volatile oil, it is not very popular as an aromatherapy oil as it was little known before a few centuries. However, the numerous health benefits of eucalyptus oil have attracted the attention of the entire world to explore its usage in aromatherapy as well as conventional medicine.

Effects & Actions of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Effects of eucalyptus oil on internal organs and systems

  • antiseptic
  • antibacterial
  • deodorant
  • antipyretic
  • antispasmodic
  • blood-purifying
  • diuretic
  • expectorant
  • anti-viral
  • antihelminthic
  • decongestant
  • antirheumatic

Effects of eucalyptus oil on psycho-emotional sphere

Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates mental activity, improves concentration and memory. Especially useful for people whose work is related to mental and computer work, such as mathematics, auditors, accountants. Relieves fatigue, drowsiness.

Usage of Eucalyptus Oil in Cosmetology

Eucalyptus oil in Skin Care. Indicated for oily and oily skin. Since it is able to reduce the secretion of the sebaceous glands and helps to get rid of a variety of inflammatory processes on face, reduce pustular rash, eliminate acne, abrasions.

Natural remedy for treatment of wounds, burns, accelerates the healing and regeneration of the skin.

Eucalyptus oil in Hair Care. The use of essential oils for the hair helps to reduce hair loss, get rid of dandruff. For this purpose, the mask is applied, conditioners as well as hair shampoos enrichment with eucalyptus.

Domestic use of eucalyptus: refreshing air in the room. Due to their deodorizing properties eucalyptus oil kills bacteria and germs in the air, keeping the clean air, which in turn reduces the risk of viral diseases during epidemics. Can be used for cleaning as an antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and deodorant. Eucalyptus oil repels mosquitoes.

Indications in Usage of Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil to Solve Respiratory Problems. Most respiratory problems are either due to the blockage of the respiratory tract from cough and cold or because of presence of germs and bacteria in the same. The vapors of the eucalyptus oil which have some very strong anti-microbial properties kill the germs and bacteria in the respiratory tract and are thus very helpful in asthma. Also, inhaling eucalyptus oil with warm water clears nasal blockades.

Eucalyptus oil strengthens the immune system and helps fight chickenpox, colds, influenza and measles.

Eucalyptus oil as Pain Relief. Topically applying a few drops of eucalyptus oil can relieve you of your muscular pain, inflation, headaches and migraines. The cineole present in the oil increases the blood circulation and relaxes your muscles. It also instantly soothes your nerves to give you an instant relief from pain and inflation.

Natural Treatment of Wounds. Eucalyptus essential oil is a good antiseptic owing to its germicidal properties. On its exposure to air, ozone is formed which is a well-known antiseptic. Hence eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also effective on insect bites and stings.

Used against plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections. Therefore, eucalyptus essential oil is so common as the active ingredient in a mouthwash, toothpaste and other oral hygiene products.

Eucalyptus oil also stimulates immune system response by allowing the body’s white blood cells to absorb the nutrients they need to fight off illness.

Eucalyptus Oil to Relieve Endometriosis. One of the best ways of alleviating the pain and swelling of endometriosis is through aromatherapy and an “endometriosis” bath. Combine the healing properties of eucalyptus oil with the sedative properties of lavender oil and you have a recipe for an evening of pain relief and relaxation.

Natural treatment for lice.

When ingested, eucalyptus oil can help control blood sugar levels.

Contraindications in usage of eucalyptus oil

  • People with high blood pressure and epilepsy should avoid using this oil.
  • Excessive use can provoke headaches.
  • Pregnant women and those currently using homeopathics should not use eucalyptus oil. Before applying to your body, test a small bit of the eucalyptus oil/carrier oil mixture on your skin to determine your skin’s sensitivity.
  • Only a few drops of Eucalyptus oil are enough to cause life-threatening poisoning in some children. Adults have been poisoned with only 4 to 5 milliliters. Symptoms of overdose include a drop in blood pressure, circulation problems, collapse, and asphyxiation. In the event of overdose, you should seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Blends well with: rosemary, juniper, lavender, peppermint, cedar, lemongrass, geranium, tea tree, coriander, lemon balm, pine, thyme.

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