The essential eucalyptus oil is obtained from the Eucalyptus globulus plant of the Myrtaceae family and is also known as the blue chewing gum or Tasmanian blue chewing gum. In aromatherapy, it helps to clear the mind and increase concentration. Eucalyptus oil helps a lot in respiratory problems, inflammation, muscle pain, rheumatism, headache, nervous exhaustion and skin rashes.
Eucalyptus has a clear, sharp, fresh and very characteristic smell. Its oil is pale yellow in color with a watery viscosity.
Eucalyptus oil is extracted from fresh or partially dried leaves of young twigs.
The main chemical components of the eucalyptus oil are: pinen, 6-pinene, -phellandrene, 1,8-cinnol, lemon, terpine-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitone and globulol.
Eucalyptus oil should be used with caution by people with high blood pressure and epileptic seizures. If used in too large quantities, it can cause headaches.
The therapeutic properties of eucalyptus oil are: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, spasmolytic, antiviral, clamp, balsamic, cicatrizant, decongestant, deodorant,
expectorant, antipyretic, hypoglycaemic, heating, stimulant, anthelmintic and wounds.
Eucalyptus oil has a cooling effect on the body and helps in fever, migraine, and malaria. The respiratory system helps with a cough, asthma, throat infections and sinusitis. It soothes the inflammation and helps with colds and hay fever.
As a heating oil, it is useful in muscle pains and suffering, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains and poor circulation. As a skin care, it can be used in burns, herpes, cutaneous wounds, skin infections and insect bites. Eucalyptus oil stimulates the immune system and is useful for cases of chicken pox and measles.