Essential Oil of Eucalyptus
Plant description: A tree reaching almost 300 feet with tough scimitar shaped leaves.
Part of plant used for essential oil: Leaves
Extraction method: Steam
Main Chemical Constituents: Citronellal (Aldehyde), Cineole (Ketone), Camphene, Fenchene, Phellandrene, Pinene (Terpenes)
PRECAUTIONS: A powerful oil so take care with dosage
PROPERTIES: Analgesic, Antirheumatic, Antiphlogistic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Bacteriacide, Balsamic, Cicatrisant, Decongestant, Deodorant, Depurative, Diuretic, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Hypoglycemiant, Insecticide, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Vermifuge, Vulnerary
Circulation/Muscles/Joints: May reduce painful effects of migraine. Helpful to relieve rheumatism when combines with Juniper and Lemon. Also helpful with general muscular aches and pains, neuralgia and pyorrhea.
Immune System: Effective against fevers and lowers temperature with its cooling action on the body. Helpful with scarlet fever, dysentery, typhoid, diphtheria, and malaria as well as chickenpox.
Mental/Emotional: Has a cooling effect on emotions and clears the head. Aids in concentration and strengthens the nervous system
Respiratory system: It’s antiviral action works well on the respiratory tract, soothing inflammation and easing mucus. Particularly good for influenza, throat infections, coughs, catarrh, sinusitis, asthma, and tuberculosis.
Urinary system: Helpful with cystitis and diarrhea. Seems to dissolve gall stones.
Skin care: A helpful antidote from insect bites and other venomous creatures. Useful for wounds, ulcers, and inflammatory conditions like acne. Clears congested skin.
About this essential oil: The Australian Aborigines called this oil “Kino” and bound the leaves around serious wounds. It was known as “Sydney Peppermint” as it soothed digestive complaints.