Essential Oils

Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)

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Sources: Australia, Spain
Extraction: Steam distilled
Note: Top
Scent: camphor, fresh, woody
Key Points:

  • Useful for combating colds and flus
  • Good for room disinfection
  • Its expectorant properties make it good for easing congestion

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, expectorant, stimulant
Uses:  colds, coughs, flu, air purification, congestion and excess mucus, sinusitis, mental fatigue, concentration, insect repellent
Cautions:  Do not use e. globulus with young children.  Avoid if pregnant. Never take internally as small doses can be fatal (Lawless)

Eucalyptus radiata
E. radiata may be a safer, gentler alternative to E. globulus.  According to Clark, this oil is less likely to trigger a cough reflex when used with inhalation. Schnaubelt considers it the best all purpose eucalyptus.  It has similar properties to E. globulus
Eucalyptus smithii
E. smithii is the mildest variety of eucalyptus and is safer for use with children
Eucalyptus citriodora
E. citriodora has a lemony scent and is useful for freshening the air, as an insect repellent, as well as for colds, flu’s and sinusitis.  Avoid if pregnant.

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