Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Globulus

I doubt there is anyone who has not at sometime in their life come across the camphor-like aroma of Eucalyptus. Many of us had or have these trees growing in our gardens, or down the road and early mornings and late afternoons often carry the smells of surrounding blossoms and leaves into our homes.

Eucalyptus is a huge Australian gum-tree and the essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh or partially dried leaves.

Eucalyptus essential oil is powerful and should be used with care. It has a wonderfully cooling effect on the emotions and clears the head, helping with concentration. It has been a helpful remedy for headaches, neuralgia and lack of energy.

However, Eucalyptus is famous for its properties as a decongestant and its success in treating colds and catarrh. Its anti-viral action works well on the respiratory tract, soothing inflammation and easing mucous. It is really helpful for the treatment of flu, throat infections, coughs, sinusitis, rhinitis, asthma, hay fever, bronchitis and tuberculosis. It is also effective for lowering high temperatures.

Add a few drops to a diffuser or vapouriser and allow to permeate the room, or add two drops to a basin or bowl of very hot water for inhalations. You can also add five drops Eucalyptus and five drops of Lavender essential oil to 5ml of carrier oil, then add it to a warm bath to benefit from the vapours. If you have flu and your body is aching, add three drops of Marjoram to this blend for the bath. This blend of essential oils in 20ml of a carrier oil will be effective as a massage on aching muscles. Drop one or two drops of the oil on a tissue for inhalation if you’re not able to do a steam inhalation.

Eucalyptus is also effective as an insect repellant and has been used to treat burns, blisters, cuts and wounds. This would attest to the analgesic, antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties of this essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil is best avoided by people with high blood pressure or epilepsy. Keep away from young children and never ingest essential oils unless under the supervision of a qualified aromatherapist.

May antidote homeopathic medication, so don’t use with or store in the same cupboard as homeopathic remedies.

Eucalyptus blends well with Bergamot, Coriander, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Melissa, Marjoram, Pine, Thyme.