About Eucalyptus globulus Essential Oil
The Blue Gum tree, from which Eucalyptus globulus essential oil is distilled, ranks among the tallest trees in the world. Also known as the Gum Tree or Stringy Bark, this evergreen giant has been known to reach over 300 feet in height. Originally native to Australia and Tasmania, it is now grown on most continents as a source of essential oil, sturdy lumber, and ornamental beauty.
This thin, clear to pale yellow essential oil has a distinctive, camphoraceous odor that is sharp, fresh, and somewhat medicinal. Aromatically, it may overpower floral aromas but blends well with essential oils such as lemon, thyme, rosemary, lavender, pine, and other conifers.
Eucalyptus globulus essential oil has been described by aromatherapists as a natural remedy for body pain, congestion, and colds. The clean, bracing aroma has been said by some aromatherapists to promote a more optimistic frame of mind, helping to dispel sadnesss and revitalize the spirit, and is an essential oil that could be considered by those looking for a natural way to boost vitality.
See this review of traditional uses of Eucalyptus globulus and other plants for more information: 12-IJCBS-15-08-12.pdf (iscientific.org)
Using Eucalyptus globulus Essential Oil with Adults
The use of essential oils with children under16 years of age is a specialized topic; please consult a properly trained professional aromatherapist, before using essential oils with children (see www.naha.org for appropriate training standards for aromatherapists and for help in locating a professional aromatherapist).
In our experience, Eucalyptus globulus essential oil can have strong effects and because we have found it to provide the best experience when used in small amounts, we recommend using it sparingly. This will avoid waste and you’ll also be less likely to find it excessively drying if used this way (see below).
Eucalyptus globulus essential oil can be used as a “single” or in aromatherapy blends, but we especially like to use it in eucalyptus blend recipes. For use in steam inhalations or pocket inhalers, we find that it works well in aromatherapy recipes incorporating True Lavender, Thyme linalool, Tea Tree and Lemon essential oils, for example.
Steam inhalations are best when only one drop of essential oil ( or one drop of a blend) is added to a bowl of steaming water and then the steam is inhaled; in our opinion, repeating this several times is preferable to inhaling a greater number of drops all at one time. Another method of use is to add up to 3 drops of this essential oil to the pad of a fan diffuser; that’s really all you need in most cases of everyday use. We don’t recommend diffusing large amounts in nebulizing diffusers in the home or, especially, the office. Alternatively, during the winter cold and flu season, you may enjoy placing a drop or two on the pad of an aroma locket or in a pocket inhaler to take with you when you go out (be sure the locket does not allow the undiluted essential oil to touch your skin.) When using this essential oil in public spaces, you should be aware that not everyone likes the somewhat medicinal aroma.
Eucalyptus essential oil can be used topically when diluted in vegetable oil or jojoba oil to a maximum concentration of 2.5%; we like to add a single drop to a teaspoon of vegetable oil or jojoba oil and rub it gently into the chest area or onto sore joints or muscles. To use in a warm bath, dilute up to 3 drops of the essential oil in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, jojoba, or Castile Soap and gently stir into the water. Do not let the oil-infused bath water get in your eyes; if you have used vegetable oil or jojoba be careful – the tub will be slippery.
Be aware that Eucalyptus globulus essential oil can have a strong drying effect in some people and this can be aggravating in conditions where the skin and/or respiratory tissues already feel dry. Used in a bath, it can also dry the skin, including the delicate tissues of the genital region and for this reason, it may not be the best bath choice for those with dry skin or for peri- and post-menopausal women or other women experiencing dryness.
See the section on “Safety Issues” (below) for precautions to follow when using this essential oil in the vicinity of children.
Our Artisan Aromatics Eucalyptus Options:
To serve the needs of professional aromatherapists, we offer 6 types of Eucalyptus essential oil, each with somewhat different uses, properties, and/or aroma:
- Eucalyptus citriodora
- Eucalyptus globulus
- Eucalyptus globulus – Organic
- Eucalyptus polybractea – Organic aka Eucalyptus Blue Mallee
- Eucalyptus radiata
- Eucalyptus smithii
SAFETY ISSUES: Diluted properly and used with adults, Eucalyptus globulus essential oil is generally non-toxic and non-irritant in small amounts. It should only be used externally; do not take internally. This essential oil is not appropriate for use by untrained persons with or around babies or young children. You should not use Eucalyptus globulus essential oil on or around the faces of children under 10 years of age. This essential oil is best avoided in cases of asthma, except under the guidance of a qualified health care professional; although it’s been reported to be a supportive choice for persons with asthma, it can also trigger asthma attacks in some cases. Use this essential oil sparingly – it has strong actions.
Before using, please review the Essential Oil safety considerations provided via the link below.
IMPORTANT: All information here is provided for educational interest only and not as product claims. Since your experiences with a given essential oil may differ from anyone else’s, claims made by aromatherapists for an essential oil should not be relied upon as being reliable for your situation. We recommend using essential oils simply for the enjoyment of their aromas. No information here is intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician. Historical or folk information about uses is not based on research and may not be accurate. Please pay attention to the safety information provided below. We recommend you consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils with children under 16 years of age.
All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children.