Essential Oils – Eucalyptus Globulus
There are approximately six different types of eucalyptus essential oil which include: Eucalypus globulus, Eucalyptus citriodora, Eucalyptus dives, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus smithii and Eucalyptus staigeriana. Today’s post will be focused on Eucalyptus globulus specifically for its benefits of being a pain reliever, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and decongestant properties to name a few. Besides its amazing ability for healing, the Tasmanian Blue Gum (eucalyptus) tree is also used for erosion control, shade and shelter, used as a windbreak and harvested for wood products and ornamental usage.
Name of Oil: Eucalyptus
Latin Name: Eucalyptus globulus
Areas of Origin: Australia
Historical Use: Eucalyptus was originally called Sydney Peppermint when it was first exported to England from Australia
General Growth, Habitat: The Tasmanian Blue Gum is an evergreen tree that can grow to a staggering 300’ high and be over 6’ in diameter. The young leaves of the tree are a blue-green in color with a waxy surface and the mature leaves are glossy, green to dark green in color. The tree flowers are yellow or white in color.
Parts Used in Distillation: Leaves and young twigs
Scent: Medicinal, sharp, woody, fresh
Uses: Arthritis, arthritis, colds, flu, bronchitis, poor circulation
Emotional Use: Promotes emotional wellbeing
Safety: Those with high blood pressure and epilepsy should avoid eucalyptus. Excessive use may cause headaches. Do not use while pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Add a few drops of the essential oil to a diffuser as the scented air will help to ease colds, flu and bronchitis
- Add 2 drops of the essential oil to a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and massage into joint and arthritic pain for relief
- Add 2 drops of the essential oil to a bowl of steaming water to create a tent to breathe in the steam for sinusitis relief. Take precaution not to burn the face from the heat of the steam by keeping your head further up from the bowl or backing away completely if it’s too hot
Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.