Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil
Latin 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.”
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.
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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