Botanical name: eucalyptus globulus
Use: Best know as a decongestant for colds and sinus headaches. Powerful antibacterial and antiviral. Good for use in rheumatism pain. Promotes cell regeneration and regulates the oiliness of the skin. Increases circulation and helps stabilize blood sugar. The most prevalent is the standard cineole-based “oil of eucalyptus”, a colorless liquid with a penetrating, camphor, woody-sweet scent.
Perfume Note: Top
Blends well with: Lavender, Juniper, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Thyme
Production method: steam distillation
Aromatherapy benefits: clearing, refreshing, penetrating
Aroma type: camphoric
Warning: may irritate sensitive skin
Safety Information: “test” on small area of skin (inside of elbow)
Eucalyptus: (Eucalyptus globus) helps to clear minor, non-cystic acne problems or skin blemishes by reducing the oiliness of the skin.
The cineole-based oil is used as component in pharmaceutical preparations to relieve the symptoms of influenza and colds, in products like cough sweets, lozenges, ointments and inhalants. Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial effects on pathogenic bacteria in the respiratory tract.
Inhaled eucalyptus oil vapor is a decongestant and treatment for bronchitis. Cineole controls airway mucus hypersecretion and asthma via anti-inflammatory cytokine inhibition. Eucalyptus oil also stimulates immune system response by effects on the phagocytic ability of human monocyte derived macrophages.
Eucalyptus oil also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities as a topically applied liniment ingredient.
Eucalyptus oil is also used in personal hygiene products for antimicrobial properties in dental care and soaps. It can also be applied to wounds to prevent infection.