Eucalyptus globulus (not to be confused with eucalyptus radiata or eucalyptus polybractea or any other of the 300 or so eucalyptus species), has a fresh, penetrating scent. It comes from the Myrtaceae (myrtle) botanical family and is native to Tasmania and southeastern Australia and Brazil. It is also known as the Tasmanian Blue Gum, Southern Blue Gum or Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Bluegum eucalyptus) evergreen tree.
The tree was introduced into California in 1856 and into Hawaii in about 1865 and has naturalized in both state, especially in areas of coastal fog. It is is one of the world’s most valuable windbreak trees and is a major source of fuel wood in many countries.
In spite of it currently being considered to be an invasive species due to its ability to quickly spread and displace native plant communities, the essential oil has a multitude of important uses.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distilling the leaves of the eucalyptus globulus. This process produces a clear oil with the chemical constituents…
Chemical Constituents: Monoterpenes; Sesquiterpenes: Sesquiterpenols; Terpene oxides: 1,8 cineole (70-75 percent).
In laboratory tests, eucalyptus globulus has proved to be a powerful antimicrobial agent. It contains a high percentage of eucalyptol – a key ingredient in many antiseptic mouth rinses.
Eucalyptus globulus essential oil has many actions/therapeutic properties:
- expectorant – allows you to expell excess mucus from the respiratory system
- mucolytic – breaks up mucous
- antimicrobial – fights microbes
- antibacterial – for staph, strep, pneumonia
- antifungal – especially for candida
- antiviral – creates a difficult environment for viruses to survive
- antiseptic – effective against germs
The Index of Species Information states:
Bluegum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) oil has numerous medical applications. In pharmaceutical preparations it has diaphoretic, expectorant, insecticidal, and oestrogenic properties. The oil has antifungal and antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli. Eucalyptus oil is generally nonirritating, nonsensitizing, and nonphototoxic to the skin. When taken internally, it may be toxic to the kidneys and can be a nervous system depressant. The oil is used as a flavoring agent in cold and cough medicines. It is used in disinfectants, antiseptic liniments, ointments, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. It is used by veterinarians for treating influenza in horses, distemper in dogs, and septicemia in all animals. Bluegum eucalyptus oil is used as a flavor ingredient in boiled sweets and food products such as beverages, dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, puddings, and meat products. The cosmetic industry uses it as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, air fresheners, bath oils, and perfumes.
Eucalyptus globulus essential oil is often used for the respiratory system (especially colds and catarrh). It is also highly effective for killing airborne bacteria. Jean Valnet, M.D. reports that using a solution of 2 percent eucalyptus oil sprayed in the air will kill 70 percent of airborne staph bacteria.
The tree itself is a powerful deterrent to many types of bacteria. In parts of North Africa, eucalyptus trees have been planted to successfully block the spread of malaria.
Quite often, the chemical constituents of eucalyptus essential oil are isolated or chemically reproduced in a lab and used in dental and pharmaceutical preparations, especially “eucalyptol” – now more often called cineole. In fact, E.globulus oil has established itself internationally because it is virtually phellandrene free, a necessary characteristic for internal pharmaceutical use. However, the natural essential oil (especially therapeutic-grade) is far more effective, as all the chemical constituents it contains cannot possibly be replicated in a lab.
Eucalyptus globulus has well-known biopesticide properties. Tovey ER, et all state that “A simple washing procedure with eucalyptus oil for controlling house dust mites and their allergens in clothing and bedding.” J Allergy Clin Immunol, 1997; 100(4):464-6.
Applied topically, it is often used to support the respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise.
History: For centuries, Australian Aborigines used the leaves as a disinfectant to cover wounds. Doctors used to use solutions of eucalyptus oil in surgical dressings, and many still do.
Uses: E. Globulus essential oil is used for asthma, candida, coughs, diabetes, herpes, hypoglycemia, lung congestion, measles, headaches, respiratory infections, sinusitis, shingles, tuberculosis and respiratory infections. It is also used for aches and pain, acne, allergies, arthritis, bronchitis, burns, cystitis, endometriosis, gonorrhea, inflammation of the ear, eye, and sinuses, malaria, rheumatism, shingles, skin and throat infections, sore, ulcers, vaginitis and wounds.
It is a useful insect repellent against mosquitoes and other insects and can be sprayed in the air. It can makes an effective flea-repellent for dogs.
Young Living therapeutic-grade Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil has an approximate ORAC of 24,157 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
How to use: Only use therapeutic-grade for dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Do not use near fire, flame, heat or sparks. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
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Item No. 3539, 15 ml – Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil