This pure essential oil called Eucalyptus oil has practical and industrial uses, as well as healing properties. The fast-growing evergreen tree from Australia produces global eucalyptus oil production from Eucalyptus globulus or “blue gum.” This oil is the distilled oil that comes from the dried leaves of eucalyptus that has a colorless liquid with a strong woody and sweet smell. At least 500 of the 700 different species produce a type of essential oil.
Some common types of eucalyptus oil is:
- Eucalyptus polybractea. (Blue Mallee)
- Eucalyptus globulus. Receives the most attention
- Eucalyptus radiate. (Narrow-leaved peppermint)
- Eucalyptus citriodora. (lemon-scented gum)
Oil-containing eucalyptus leaf infusions are used by the Australian aboriginals, as a traditional medication for body pains, fever, sinus congestion and colds. Surgeons were already using eucalyptus oil as an antiseptic during operations in the 1880’s. Most hospitals in England used the oil to clean urinary catheters toward the end of the century. The United States officially registered eucalyptus oil as an insecticide and miticide in 1948.
The diluted form of eucalyptus oil is taken orally for pain and inflammation of respiratory tract mucous membranes, coughs, asthma, bronchitis, sinus pain and inflammation, and respiratory infections. You can also use this oil as an antiseptic, insect repellent, and treatment option for wounds, burns and ulcers. It may help soothe your mucous membranes for allergies and asthma by adding a drop of the oil on an organic cotton ball and sniffing it several times a day. A few drops of the oil in your bath water for therapy can also be used. It is more easily absorbed by your skin as a moisturizer, when mixed with other oils. Use it aromatically, topically or internally.
Some medicinal uses and benefits according to Medical News Today are:
- Antibacterial properties
- Pain relief
- Dental health
- Stimulating immune system response
A very important reason that many individuals use eucalyptus oil is its ability to address mental exhaustion through creating cooling and refreshing effects. Using as a stimulant it will help eradicate exhaustion and mental sluggishness, and rejuvenate the spirits of the sick.
This essential oil is also commonly used for stimulating mental activity and increasing blood flow to the brain, and sometimes used in classrooms as a form of aromatherapy.
Essential oils are generally safe to use, but precautions should always be used. Do not take orally except under a doctor’s supervision and do not give it to a child, including cough drops with eucalyptus, for a child under age 6. Also, do not put the oil, salve or chest rub on the face or nose of a child under age 2. Those who are pregnant and breastfeeding, should avoid using the oil.
-Dr Fredda Branyon