Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Globulus) - Uses and Benefits
The art or science (or whatever you want to call it) of aromatic oils has been around since the early centuries. Originally, these oils were used for religious purposes, anointing and healing the sick. Through the ages, they become very popular essential oils used in aroma oil lamps, diffusers, humidifiers and aromatherapies. Simply Earth features Eucalyptus Essential Oil (globulus), one of the most versatile aromatic oils in the world.
A Glimpse in Eucalyptus Oil History
Australia was already inhabited when the British started colonizing it. The original inhabitants (aborigines of Australia) used eucalyptus leaves (minced or pounded to extract) in various medicinal and healing purposes. They would prepare a bandage with the minced leaves on top of wounds for the plant’s healing benefits. The extract was also used to cure coughs, colds, body sores and most skin diseases. In addition to that, they were using eucalyptus lumber as source of shields, tools, fuels, shades, dishes and canoes.
General John White of the Royal Navy saw it being used by the aborigines in 1788 and learned they could cure their marines using eucalyptus oil as analgesic and antiseptic. They sent samples to England for its potential on the market. Europe branded it as Sydney Peppermint (this kind of eucalyptus oil is from the specie eucalyptus piperita, not eucalyptus globulus).
Eucalyptus globulus (other names are gum trees, southern blue gum and Tasmanian blue gum) is an evergreen, the most popular specie of eucalyptus trees worldwide. Like guava (an interesting fruit tree with leaves also having medicinal qualities) it belongs to the Myrtaceae family. Eucalyptus trees have more than 700 varieties mostly found and native to Australia.
A few species are found in Indonesia, New Guinea and one can be found in Mindanao Philippines, New Britain and Seram – the eucalyptus deglupta. The Eucalyptus are a tall, fast growing trees that can reach a height of from 150 to 480 feet depending on the moisture and quality of the land where they grow. They grow abundantly in hills with damp and rich soil.
The distinctive, often pervasive pleasant smell from plants, leaves, or flower extracts carries the aroma quality that can be recognized by the olfactory sense. Eucalyptus’ has a very distinctive aroma or scent which can be very powerful in creating a calming, soothing, stimulating or refreshing atmosphere. Eucalyptus oil is colorless and blends well with other kinds of oils including lavender, tea tree, and pine.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Uses
As we said earlier, eucalyptus essential oil (globulus) is one of the most versatile oils! This oil is produced from distillation of eucalyptus (globulus) leaves. Here are just some of its many uses..
- It is a good a relief for arthritis’ swelling and pain.
- Apply it and massage the affected area to relax muscles and ease pain from sprains.
- Blood circulation improves as it calms and soothes after a body massage.
- If you’re looking for protection against mosquitoes/insects, it is an effective repellent when applied to the skin to discourage insect bites.
- Do you need an immediate antiseptic? Simply apply this oil to wounds on the skin to prevent infection.
- Some people would experience breathing difficulties due to severe colds and cough. Inhale or rub it on your chest and get fast relief.
- Eliminating odors in the kitchen, bath, bedroom, or toilet would be a breeze! Use it as a cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant in all parts of the house.
- Many products including sanitary balms, ointments, lozenges, and cough candies are formulated with eucalyptus essential oil as a main ingredient.
- You can use it as refreshing mouthwash when added to water; and it recently became the dentists’ anti-plaque solution.
- Pharmaceuticals use it as a component having the abilities to treat or prevent human diseases. Stuffy nose? There’s a nasal spray with eucalyptus that clears it.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits
- Eucalyptus essential oil scent from a humidifier provides a relaxed atmosphere when used in the homes and workplaces. People tend to be more productive and easy to work with when eucalyptus is in the air.
- Aromatherapy using eucalyptus essential oil purifies and invigorates. This oil’s unique scent/aroma and its relaxing effect to the body made it perfect to treat various health problems of people in ancient times.
- Eucalyptus essential oil in aromatherapy is not only beneficial to people but also to animals; specially house pets. “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals” is a very interesting book to own if you care about your pets.
- Stubborn colds and cough with congestion can easily be treated. Eucalyptus Essential oil in the right preparation soothes and decongests. It helps in the meltdown and expulsion of mucus.
- Eucalyptus essential oil serves as a stimulant that treats exhaustion, fatigue and sluggishness. It uplifts the spirit of sick people to help reduce stress and to promote mental alertness.
- Add eucalyptus essential oil to your bath, sauna or spa to get the benefits from the vapor. This oil’s refreshing property makes it commonly used by aroma therapist.
- If your kid/s have head lice, this is for you! You can buy treatments for lice but it can be damaging when absorbed into your child’s scalp. Get the benefit from this eco friendly product. A steam for the hair (with eucalyptus essential oil) or a few drops combed through the hair is a safer way to control this issue.
- It helps clear the air passages and reduce inflammation. You can get an amazing benefit when you apply it on both the chest and back.
- No medicine for fever in the house? Try this fever oil as some call it; it is a powerful fever reducer when applied on the body. The pleasant scent additionally will help calm the senses and soothe the body.
- Eucalyptus essential oil production has become a very important industry that helps generate jobs and provide income around the world. China is the world’s largest producer and trader of eucalyptus essential oil.
Other Fun Facts:
Don’t be surprised if you learn that commercial toothpastes contain harmful ingredients. Why not make your own natural - eco friendly product? Homemade toothpaste has a delightful eucalyptus oil flavor. Make your own now; see the recipe here, who would know that you can use eucalyptus essential oil in toothpaste making? Essential oils are fun!
Simply Earth eucalyptus essential oil (globulus) can help you live a healthier life and maintain your family’s well-being without harmful chemicals. It’s been effectively used thousands of years ago when commercial products were far from reality. Keep a bottle of eucalyptus essential oil in your medicine cabinet and carry one in your purse for natural relief everywhere you go!
Eucalyptus essential oil is generally safe to use; however, it is advised to avoid use in newborn/babies because of its effect. It feels strongly warm or minty on the skin (even in its diluted form) which cannot be tolerated by infants and small children. It is best to get advice from a qualified aromatherapist when children are concerned.
Thinking about using eucalyptus essential oil? Check it out here!
Read Next - All Natural Insect Repellent - Goodbye DEET!
PLEASE NOTE: THIS POST IS A COMPILATION OF SUGGESTIONS MADE BY THOSE THAT HAVE EXTENSIVELY USED ESSENTIAL OILS AND HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED SCIENTIFICALLY WITH CLINICAL TESTS NOR REVIEWED BY MEDICAL EXPERTS. IT IS ANECDOTAL INFORMATION AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. FOR SERIOUS MEDICAL CONCERNS, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.
- Chelzee Goingco