Description: Eucalyptus (Globulus) essential oil is obtained from the fresh or dried leaves and tips of the blue gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) through steam distillation. The yield of essential oil from the plant material is between 1.2% and 3%.
Special Characteristics: Eucalyptus essential oil is a colorless to light yellow and sometimes greenish liquid. It has a characteristic fresh and spicy aroma reminiscent of camphor. Eucalyptus essential oil is easily soluble in alcohol (1:3, ethanol), vegetable oils, and other essential oils. It is almost insoluble in water. The main components are limonene, 1.8-cineole, and isomeric pinenes. P-cymene and gamma-terpinene are present in smaller quantities.
Applications: The components of Eucalyptus essential oil also have medicinal properties. Indigenous people in Australia have known the effects of Eucalyptus, along with the tea tree, for a long time. Chewed leaves were placed on fresh wounds to promote better healing. The main component, 1.8-cineole, in combination with other active ingredients, facilitates its rapid absorption by the skin with a coefficient of 95.
The classic use of Eucalyptus (Globulus) essential oil is as an expectorant (mucolytic) in the bronchial area. It is also referred to as “oil for colds.” In the case of bronchopneumonia (a particular pulmonary inflammation that mainly affects the bronchial tubes), inhalation and rubs are recommended.
Eucalyptus essential oil also has a powerful antibacterial action. Depending on how it is taken, either as a covering, through inhalation, or as an antibiotic, different bacteria are fought each time. It is also recommended for use against Impetigo (a bacterial skin disease that causes large sores), which is very dangerous in children. Similarly, the oil acts against fungi (fungicidal action). Infections from Candida, especially those caused by fungi that are a strain of Candida, are treated with Eucalyptus-containing antibiotics. Eucalyptus (Globulus) essential oil has a strong anti-inflammatory action and is used as a plaster, extract, bath oil, and through inhalation. It also acts as an antirheumatic and has a positive effect against arthritis (inflammatory joint disease).
Aromatherapy uses Eucalyptus essential oil to increase concentration and mental stimulation. It also helps combat lethargy. It is preferred to apply it through an aromatic space and as a bath or massage oil.
CAUTION: ALWAYS use diluted in a base oil or other solvent.