Habitat & Cultivation : Indigenous to Australia, eucalyptus is actively cultivated in plantations situated in tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate regions globally. While the cultivation of eucalyptus can pose ecological challenges, as the trees absorb substantial amounts of water, impeding the growth of native plants, it can also have beneficial effects. The water-absorbing quality of eucalyptus trees can help dry up marshy areas, thereby reducing the risk of malaria. The leaves of eucalyptus are harvested as needed and can be either dried or distilled to extract oil.
- Volatile oil (cineole, up to 80%)
- Stimulates local blood flow
- Insect repellent
- Over the past 50 years, comprehensive research on eucalyptus essential oil has revealed its notable antiseptic properties and its ability to dilate the bronchioles (small airways) of the lungs. Interestingly, the collective action of the essential oil proves to be more potent than that of its primary constituent, cineole.
Traditional & Current Uses
- Infections : Eucalyptus has a longstanding history as a traditional Aboriginal remedy for infections and fevers. In contemporary times, it has gained global recognition and is utilized worldwide for addressing these health concerns.
- Antiseptic : Eucalyptus is valued for its antiseptic properties and proves highly beneficial in addressing conditions such as colds, flu, and sore throats.
- Expectorant : Eucalyptus is recognized for its potent expectorant qualities, making it well-suited for addressing chest infections, including conditions like bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Warming : When the diluted essential oil is applied to the skin as a chest or sinus rub, it imparts a warming and mildly anesthetic effect, which aids in alleviating respiratory infections. A similar effect is observed when an infusion or tincture is used as a gargle.
- Pain relief : The application of diluted essential oil to the affected area can provide relief for rheumatic joints, characterized by aching pains and stiffness. Additionally, it may be beneficial in addressing neuralgia and certain bacterial skin infections.