( Eucalyptus globulus )
by KG Stiles, Clinical Aromatherapist
Keywords: RESPIRATORY AID – COLD/FLU PREVENTION & RELIEF
Refreshing, stimulating and powerful Eucalyptus is a long lasting oil with fluid consistency and one of the most well-known aromas of all the essential oils, along with lavender, rose and mint. Most people can easily recognize any one of these aromas.
Eucalyptus brings to mind the family medicine cabinet. Certainly many traditional, as well as modern day medicines, contain Eucalyptus. Strongly anti-bacterial and anti-viral its healing potency is widely recognized and highly valued.
Eucalyptus is a powerful respiratory aid and has a strong influence on breathing.
Eucalyptus stimulates oxygen uptake in our cell tissues and increases circulation.
Increased oxygenation in the lungs promotes the cleansing and repair function of our red blood cells.
Excellent blood cleanser!
Helpful for regenerating lung tissue and function.
For treating bronchial problems use Eucalyptus as an inhalant, or diffuse in the air. May also use in a dilution of light coconut oil or jojoba and apply liberally to the chest and upper back areas.
Reputation as a good expectorant (promotes removal of mucous from respiratory system) and cough suppressant.
Eucalyptus is helpful for easing inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes, as well as nasal congestion.
Powerful anti-bacterial properties may be effective in the treatment of a broad spectrum of infections.
Fever reducer! Helpful for relieving fevers that arise from infectious diseases.
Eucalyptus is useful in cool compresses! Apply to the forehead, back of neck, over the kidneys and pelvic region. Similar to Peppermint’s cooling action. Only a small amount is needed otherwise may produce a chilling effect.
Often used for the treatment of malaria symptoms!
Traditional remedy for sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, strep throat, colds and flu, hay fever, catarrh, coughs, sinus headache and headaches due to any sort of congestion.
May use as a gargle to relieve sore throat!
Eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic agent.
Its powerful germicidal properties effectively kill staphylococcus bacteria.
Has been used to treat tuberculosis.
Research scientists Dr Lindsey Gaunt and Sabrina Higgins from the University of Southampton have found that essential oils, such as eucalyptus, orange and thyme can destroy bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (staph) on surfaces.
The findings that essential oils could be effectively destroy bacteria were unveiled at the sixth joint symposium of the International Electrostatics Society of Japan and the Electrostatics Society of America conference in Tokyo (Nov 7-10, 2004).
The scientists used essential oils of orange, eucalyptus, thyme and tea tree which, when dispersed into the air, had a powerful bactericidal effect.
They said that the use of these essential oils could help people to easily and conveniently kill bacteria lurking in their homes.
The researchers are planning further studies to see if essential oil are effective against the super bug MRSA among other strains of bacteria.
Eucalyptus has a lowering effect on blood sugar, along with coriander, fennel, geranium and juniper.
Promotes fluid thought processes!
Use Eucalyptus when you’re feeling bogged down and overwhelmed by life’s details.
Eucalyptus stimulates rational thought processes and aids focus.
Like fresh air Eucalyptus rejuvenates your thought process. Stimulates fresh new ideas for dealing with life situations.
Helpful for relieving congested thought processes.
Use Eucalyptus to more easily direct and control your thoughts.
Cools hot tempers! Those who get easily fired up about things may benefit from using Eucalyptus.
Eucalyptus is found in many topical preparations to treat inflammatory conditions like Fibromyalgia, neuralgia, muscle cramps and joint pain.
Eucalyptus promotes healing of wounds, blend with Helichrysum to enhance this effect.
Good for treating cold sores, skin ulcers, shingles and insect bites.
An excellent underarm antiperspirant, controls body odor.
Eucalyptus also makes an excellent insect repellent.
In Ayurvedic Medicine, an ancient system of healing practiced in India, the cooling and spicy aroma of Eucalyptus is ideal to regulate and pacify ALL the Doshas or bodymind types. Vata, Pitta and Kapha imbalances respond well to Eucalyptus’ regulating influence.
Symptoms of Vata imbalance are premenstrual syndrome, constipation, insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, anxiety and worry.
Symptoms of Pitta imbalance are high blood pressure, anger, frustration and emotional upsets.
Symptoms of Kapha imbalance are high cholesterol, low metabolic forces, slow to lose weight, fluid retention, stagnation and blockage, lethargy and depression.