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Directory of Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus globulus, E. radiata and others.

There are about 300 varieties of Eucalyptus. Most essential oil is distilled from the variety Eucalyptus globulus from Australia. Oil from the species Eucalyptus radiata is preferred by many aromatherapists as it has a pleasanter aroma, is more easily assimilated and less likely to irritate the skin.

The oil is distilled from the leaves of eucalyptus tree. It is pale yellow in color, with a penetrating and refreshing smell.

Active Ingredients (Eucalyptus globules)

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Eucalyptol (about 80%)

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Ethyl alcohol

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Amyl alcohol

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Various aldehydes

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Camphene

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Eudesmol

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Phellandrene

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Pinene

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Aromadendrene

Eucalyptus radiata has less eucalyptol (about 70%) with terpineol and other alcohols and some monoterpenes. Its composition is closer to that of the Melaleucas, and like them it is a good immuno- stimulant, good for people who are tired, run down, prone to frequent cold, etc.

Properties:

Antiseptic, analgesic, anitneuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, parasiticide, prophylactic, rubefacient, stimulant, vermifuge, vulnerary.

Uses

Colds and Catarrh

Eucalyptus is best known as a decongestant inhalation for colds and catarrh.

Bactericidal and anti-viral

Eucalyptus is a very powerful bactericidal and anti-viral. A steam inhalation with Eucalyptus is an effective natural treatment for colds. It eases nasal congestion and inhibits proliferation of the cold virus.

Eucalyptus used in airsprays or any form of vaporization during epidemics, will give a good measure of protection from 'flu and the infectious illnesses of childhood.

A spray containing 2% essential oil of Eucalyptus is found to kill 70% of staphylococci in the air.

Eucalyptus essential oil is more effective than eucalyptol, its main active ingredient, that is used pharmaceutical preparations.

The effectiveness of oil of Eucalyptus appears to be due to the action of aromadendrene and phellandrenes. When these come into contact with the oxygen in the air, their chemical reaction produces ozone. Bacteria cannot live in this environment.

The anti-viral action of Eucalyptus has been observed empirically frequently.

Eucalyptus for Epidemics and Illnesses

In epidemics and infectious illnesses, Eucalyptus serves several purposes at once:

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It helps the sufferer 

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It protects the people coming into contact with the sufferer. 

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It lowers the temperature when used for fever.

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It prevents the spread of infection in cholera, measles, malaria, scarlet fever and typhoid.

For measles and scarlet fever, apply dilute Eucalyptus to the skin of the infected person at frequent intervals. Surround the bed with a gauze that can be kept moistened with Eucalyptus solution.

For 'flu and bronchitis, use the following formula in a inhaler:

4 parts of Eucalyptus

2 parts Thyme

2 parts Pine

1 part Lavender

To fumigate rooms, add 10 grams of the above blend to a liter of water.

For Chicken Pox: Combine Eucalyptus with Camomile and Lavender. Use this in baths and sprays. This greatly reduces the fever and itching associated with the chicken pox. Used as soon as the disease was identified, this will prevent others in the family from getting it or to reduce their symptoms or severity.

Urinary tract infections respond very well to Eucalyptus.

Antiseptic and healing

Australian aborigines bind Eucalyptus leaves around serious wounds. A solution of Eucalyptus is used to wash out operation cavities. Eucalyptus-impregnated gauze is used as a post-operative dressing. Eucalyptus is valuable for burns. It helps to form new tissue as the burn heals.

Virus

Eucalyptus with Bergamot is useful for treating cold-sores and genital herpes, caused by the herpes simplex virus, and for the blisters occurring in shingles, which is due to the same virus as chickenpox -herpes zoster.

Pain Relief

Eucalyptus is used as an effective local painkiller for the acute pain associated with shingles. The pain often persists for many weeks, or even months, after the blisters have disappeared. Use a Bergamot and Eucalyptus cream to ease the discomfort.

Eucalyptus can be used in massage to relieve pain in rheumatism, muscular aches and fibrositis.

Insect Repellent

Eucalyptus deters mosquitoes, and insects in general. Use a blend of eucalyptus oil with Bergamot and Lavender. Use this as a spray when the insects are present. It can act as a deodorant and flea- deterrent on dogs.

More Essential Oils at: Directory of Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

 

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