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Eucalyptus (blue gum) essential oil
Botanical name: Eucalyptus globulus
The eucalyptus (blue gum) essential oil is extracted by steam distallation from the fresh or paritally dried leaves and young twigs of the blue gum eucalyptus tree. This oil has a sharp distinctive aroma and is colourless, although can turn yellow as it ages.
Eucalyptus is a traditional remedy in Australia for respiratory complaints, and is also effective for blisters and insect bites.
The notes on this essential oil are based on information in the following publications:
- Lawless, J., 1995. The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils. London: Harper Collins Publishers Limited.
- Schiller, C., and Schiller, D., 1996. Aromatherapy Oils: A complete guide. New York: Sterling Publishing Co, Inc.
- Walters, C., 1998. Aromatherapy: An illustrated guide. Boston: Element Books Inc.
- Worwood, V.A., 1991. The Fragrant Pharmacy: A complete guide to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. London: Random House Group Ltd.
The information about this essential oil is intended for educational purposes only. The data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Click here to link to further important product safety information.
For all specific medical conditions, consult your registered medical physician.
- Aromatherapeutic uses:
Antiseptic, bactericide, deodorant, hair and scalp tonic, insect repellant, skin care.
- Suggested blends:
Bergamot, chamomile, lavender, lavender.
- Home use:
Bath, compress, inhalation, local wash, massage.
Can irritate skin with overuse. Avoid if you have high blood pressure.
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