Eucalyptus Globulus

Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil

eucalyptusLatin name Eucalyptus globulus – Family species Myrtaceae

The Eucalyptus Globulus tree is commonly known as the “Tasmanian Blue Gum” tree and the oil is sometimes referred to as “Blue Gum Oil”. Other names are Gum Tree, Southern Blue Gum, Fever Tree, and Stringy Bark.

According to Dr. Vivian Lunny in Aromatherapy (Complementary Health), “a steam inhalation with Eucalyptus is effective for coughs and colds not only because it is a decongestant but also because of its anti-viral action.”

The germ killing property of Eucalyptus globulus essential oil reportedly increases with age.

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Colorless (clear), pale yellow with age
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Strong, clear, camphory, medicinal, woody undertone
Perfume Aroma – Top note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Parts Used – Leaves, young twigs
Countries of Origin – Australia, China, Portugal, Spain, Ecuador, Bolivia, United States (California), Brazil, Russia
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

1,8-cineole (eucalyptol / cineol), para cymene, eucalyptol, fenchene, globulol, camphene, pinene, limonene, phellandrene, terpinene, aromadendrene

Uses of Eucalyptus globulus

Used in aromatherapy and found in veterinary and pharmaceutical products. Also used in dental products and as a fragrance in soaps, detergents, and toiletries. Insect repellent.

Eucalyptus Globulus blends well with

  • cedarwood
  • cypress
  • geranium
  • german chamomile
  • ginger
  • grapefruit
  • juniper
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • peppermint
  • pine
  • roman chamomile
  • rosemary
  • sweet marjoram
  • thyme

Recipes and Ideas

Foot Baths and Soaks
Fragrant Dishwashing Liquid
Soft Scrub for Tile and Tub

Special Precautions*

Toxic if taken internally.
Should not be used around children under 12 years of age.
Reportedly not compatible with homeopathic treatment.
* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See References and Resources page.

Other Links of Interest

Eucalyptus Oil – U.S. National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

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