Eucalyptus pure essential oil, eucalyptus globulus, has been used for thousands of years by the Australian Aboriginals for its medicinal properties.
It has been a household favourite in Australia for many years now.
There are over 700 varieties of this essential oil, however not all are used for aromatherapy.
But the scent comes from the core compound, eucalyptol, which is common in all varieties.
It is particularly effective as a decongestant so use it specifically for all respiratory ailments like the cold and flu viruses, asthma, throat infections, sinusitis.
It has wonderful fever reducing qualities and strong anti-inflammatory and antibiotic attributes so is an invaluable aid in the sickroom. Use it as a room spray to eliminate bacteria and microbes. It is also wonderful in a spray to cleanse a room of residual negative energies.
This pure essential oil is useful in a topical application for cuts, blisters, cold sores, abscesses, stings/bites, dermatitis, boils, acne, and head lice.
As a massage preparation it is used extensively for many health conditions including but not limited to: muscular aches and pains, immune support, arthritis, poor circulation, carpel tunnel syndrome, nervous tension, and headaches.
It cleanses the kidneys and stimulates the circulatory system.
It is great for removing stains and grease marks from clothes.
As a memory boost use it in a burner or bath, as a mood enhancer it is fantastic to lighten and revitalize our sense of wellbeing.
Eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic - perhaps its most important quality.
Camphoraceous and woody scent. Clean and vigorous.
Leaves via distillation
Many varieties but most are medium to tall evergreen trees with varying forms of leaves, flowers and buds.
Colorless liquid which can become yellow with age.
Varies with type but includes cineol, pinene, limonene, terpinene, piperitone, camphene
Highly toxic if taken internally. Avoid using on children or the elderly.