Botanical: Eucalyptus radiata
Family: Myrtaceae (myrtle)
The Eucalyptus tree is sometimes called the “Gum Tree,” and there are over seven hundred species of gum trees, all of which are rich in oils, but not all of them can be used for medicinal purposes. Most of them are native to Australia, and no other continent is so characterized by a single genus of tree as the “Eucalypts,” which can be found in almost every part of the continent. In fact, the Blue Mountains of Australia were so-named, because the area is densely populated by the oil-bearing Eucalyptus trees, which fill the atmosphere with finely-dispersed droplets of oil. When combined with dust particles and water vapor, they scatter short-wave-length rays of light that are predominantly blue in color, producing a constant blue haze over the area.
Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen that may reach well over three hundred feet in height, and because it sends out a vast network of roots, the tree has been known to drain marshy areas, even eliminating malarial swamps and fever districts in certain hot, humid countries, thus earning the common name, Fever Tree. The flowers in bud are covered with a cup-like membrane, giving the genus its name, Eucalyptus, which is derived from eucalyptos, the Greek word for “well-covered.” Eucalyptus leaves were first used as a medicine to cover serious wounds by the aboriginal people of Australia, who called it kino, and its medicinal qualities were later introduced to the settlers.
The essential oil is extracted from the fresh leaves and twigs of the Eucalyptus tree, and Joseph Bosisto pioneered commercial production of the essential oil in Australia in 1860.
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Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Color: Clear, pale yellow
Aromatic Description: Slightly camphorous, sharp, clear.
Constituents: a-pinene, b-pinene, a-phellandrene, limonene, terpinen-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitont, globulol, 1,8-cineole
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycemic, rubefacient, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary.
Contraindications: Use Eucalyptus Oil with care. Excessive use may cause headaches. Avoid if you have blood pressure problems or epilepsy. Excess usage by people with low blood pressure should be avoided, as it may cause a further drop in pressure. Use of Eucalyptus oil requires caution when used topically, as it is very strong, and should always be diluted with a “carrier” oil (sunflower, etc.). Eucalyptus preparations should not be applied to the face, especially the nose, of babies and children.