Eucalyptus

The fresh, crisp medicinal scent of eucalyptus has been used for decades to help combat cold congestion.  As winter falls upon us, we may find ourselves in the need for some healthy doses of eucalyptus oil to relive some of that nasty winter pressure.  It's important to know how to use this oil properly as it is one of many that can have adverse effects.  Let’s get to know eucalyptus.

First thing to know is there are many different types of eucalyptus, but two specific ones are most popularly used for essential oil. It is important to know the difference between the two as they do have slightly different chemical components and uses. 

#1 Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus globulus:

https://www.aromatics.com/products/camphoraceous/eucalyptus-globulus-authentic

 Aroma: Sharp, powerful, medicinal scent; sometimes invasive

Therapeutic Qualities (not entire list):

·         Antibacterial, Antiviral, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antioxidant, Expectorant, Mucolytic, Decongestant

Emotional Aspects:

·         Uplifting

·         Clears the mind and aids concentration

·         Soothes exhaustion

·         Encourages a sense of extra support

#2 Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus radiata:

https://www.aromatics.com/products/essential-oils/eucalyptus-radiata

Aroma: Mild but powerful, medicinal scent; softer than Eucalyptus globulos with an added sweet, fruity note.  This has less 1,8-cineole which gives it that mild characteristic compared to globuous

Therapeutic Qualities (not entire list):

·         Antimicrobial, Antiviral, Expectorant, Mucolytic, Decongestant

Emotional Aspects:

·         Uplifting

·         Clears the mind and aids concentration

·         Soothes exhaustion

·         Encourages a sense of extra support

Safety FOR BOTH:

·         Non-toxic, non-irritating. If oxidized, it may cause irritation or sensitization. It may antidote homeopathic remedies. Extreme Caution with children under ten years of age. Care must be taken when using with asthmatics. Although research shows it can be helpful with bronchial asthma, it may set off an asthma attack in certain cases, caution is advised. Contraindicated internal use in inflammatory disease of the GI tract and bile ducts, and in severe liver disease.

Additional Notes:

Your bottle of oil should always have the scientific name of the oil and what country of origin it is from. If you are unsure or cannot find this information, ask.  Ask the company you are purchasing from or a certified aromatherapist who will be able to get you the answers (you can read more on what to look for in a company HERE). If neither can do so, chances are high that you should find another supplier for your oils.

It is also very important to know the safety precautions with EVERY oil.  Eucalyptus has a few and you should take great care in making sure you are always in the know with ALL your oils.  

If you have any special questions or concerns, you can send those HERE.  Most questions will be answered in 24 hours unless there is some extensive research that needs to be done.  If you are an avid essential oil user, I highly recommend purchasing an essential oil book that holds all the information you may need for oils used.  You can find the “book of books” for safety in the essential oil world HERE.

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