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Eucalyptus globulus  
Eucalyptus globulus



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Eucalyptus globulus

Eucalyptus globulus has a high percentage of eucalyptol, which makes a powerful antimicrobial agent. It is this high eucalyptol content that makes us cautious about using on or near the face of an infant or young child. Rosalina is a good alternative for young children.

Plant Origin: Corsica
Method: Steam distilled from leaves; unrectified
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Key Constituents
1,8 Cineole (Eucalyptol) 71.10%
alpha-pinene 2.34%
d-limonene 6.34%
beta-pinene 0.40%
cymene <para> 2.57%
terpinene <gamma> 2.97%

Eucalyptus globulus is very similar to Eucalyptus radiata; they only differ in minor components. Eu. radiata is often preferred for children and elderly over the common E. globulus because it is more gentle on the skin.

Properties and Usage

Eucalyptus globulus is an expectorant, mycolytic, is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-aging.

It is useful for respiratory and sinus infections, is a decongestant, is helpful for rheumatism, arthritis, joint and muscle pain.

A study on the effectiveness of Eucalyptus Globulus against dust mites done at the University of Sydney in Australia by Dr. Tovey used Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil when washing wool, sheets or linens. The study indicated that wool washed with a mixture of detergent and eucalyptus oil actually eliminated up to 95% of the dust mites in the wool. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, concludes that the method is effective, simple, inexpensive and eliminates the need for very hot water.

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired.
According to Tisserand, the maximum dermal use level is 20%, which is 20 drops to a teaspoon.
Aromatherapist, Valerie Worwood includes Eucalyptus Radiata in the basic care kit for children (Aromatherapty for the Healthy Child page 35), but in more recent reports, Tisserand warns that "Essential oils high in 1,8-cineol or menthol can cause CNS and breathing problems in young children, and should not be applied to or near their faces." See safety information below for more specific information.

Inhalation: Diffuse or directly inhale (direct inhalation is not suitable for young children - see safety information below. Rosalina is a good alternative for direct inhalation.)

Internal: The quality of Eucalyptus globulus is suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.

Robert Tisserand, aromatherapist and author of Essential Oil Safety writes: "Roughly, eucalyptus oil is fatal to humans taken orally at 1ml [30 drops] per age." He also notes: Maximum daily oral dose of 600mg (20 drops).
Click here for more information about internal usage.

1. Eucalyptus Globulus helps with my asthma. I rub it on my chest area nightly and haven't had to use my rescue inhaler since I started a month ago. - Grace H.

Heritage Essential Oil blend with Eucalyptus Globulus:
Respiratory Relief

The Eu. globulus variety is not recommended for infants and small children. Robert Tisserand, aromatherapist and author of Essential Oil Safety says: "Roughly, eucalyptus oil is fatal to humans taken orally at 1ml [30 drops] per age."

Aromatherapist, Valerie Worwood includes Eucalyptus Radiata in the basic care kit for children (Aromatherapty for the Healthy Child page 35), but Tisserand warns that "Essential oils high in 1,8-cineol or menthol can cause CNS and breathing problems in young children, and should not be applied to or near the faces of infants or children under ten years of age. This warning stems from a few incidents where a caregiver put 100% essential oil drops (Olbas was one brand) into the nostrils of their baby/child, which caused breathing distress. Specifically, the warning Tisserand gives is not to apply oils with 40% or more 1,8-cineole and menthol content on or near the faces of young children. Responsible parents would not do this with any essential oil. Appropriately diluted, the percentage is reduced and the oils may be used safely. Tisserand also notes that "for children of 5 years old or less, direct inhalation should be avoided. Direct inhalation induces inhaling essential oils from the hands, a cotton ball, a nasal inhaler, a bowl of hot water or similar. Indirect, or ambient inhalation, is safe for young children, and includes any method that vaporizes essential oils into the air" (page 658)."

Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.

Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney (2013-12-02). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 273-273, 656-658.

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