Eucalyptus Main Therapeutic Properties
The Circulatory system: Stimulating and good support oil for Black pepper or Juniper, detoxing blood.
The Muscular system: Can be helpful in breaking down uric acid for removal in the blood stream, good for muscular aches and pains, use in massage or bathing.
The Respiratory system: Soothes inflammation in respiratory passageways, bronchitis, also helps to remove excess mucous from lungs. Helps asthma, has antiseptic qualities good for throat infections and sinusitis. Eucalyptus clears the head especially when used with Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils.
The Skin: Can be used with herpes breakout, a powerful antiseptic, helps with acne, ulcers, cuts and other inflammatory conditions.
The Urinary system: Useful antiseptic for cystitis.
Psychology of: Uplifting, refreshing, can have a ‘cooling’ emotional effect, clears the mind.
There are over 100 genus of Eucalyptus as well as over 800 species of which 6 species are currently used within Aromatherapy.
- Eucalyptus globules – Specific in treating respiratory ailments
- Eucalyptus citriodora – Useful during the warmer months, insect repellant, cooling, refreshing.
- Eucalyptus radiata – specific to treating respiratory ailments
- Eucalyptus smitthi – Specific to treating respiratory ailments
- Eucalyptus polybractea – Possible neurotoxin, useful against genital warts, digestive parasites, malaria *Recommended
not to use during pregnancy.
- Eucalyptus dives – considered to be a neurotoxin due to its high content of piperitone, a ketone.
Eucalyptus is anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, an expectorant. Helps relieve chest congestion and effective in repelling fleas.
Note: Eucalyptus radiata is gentler to use than eucalyptus globulus, which is the most common type of eucalyptus used.
The above information is from The Institute of Aromatherapy – Aromatology Theory Course, Materia Medica