Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil

Latin name Eucalyptus globulus – Family species Myrtaceae

eucalyptusThe 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.”

When feeling under the weather, a special treat is to sprinkle a couple of drops of Eucalyptus essential oil on the shower floor and let the hot water run for a minute or two before getting in.

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

Also see Eucalyptus Citriodora, Eucalyptus Dives, and Eucalyptus Radiata.

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

General Applications and Uses

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


Recipes and Ideas

Precautions / Contraindications

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

References and Resources

See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.

Other Links of Interest

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

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