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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — E — eucalyptus

E letter

The eucalyptus is a holy tree for Australian Aboriginals. For them it represents the division of underworld, Earth and heaven.  At a spiritual level the eucalyptus has a purifying effect. Negative energy disappears in the place where you burn a eucalyptus leaf.  — from The Joy of Plants

The essential oil today starting with letter “E” is Eucalyptus. There are 4 main oils from 4 different trees. For all of them the oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the tree. All 4 are from the plant family Myrtaceae.

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Eucalyptus globulus (Blue gum tree)

Eucalyptus globulus (from the blue gum tree). The oil is thin, colorless to pale yellow. It is good for respiratory infections, bronchitis, infectious disease, urinary tract infections, cysitis, and parasitic infections. It should be used on seniors and those convalescing. Avoid using it while pregnant or nursing.

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Eucalyptus citriodora (lemon-scented gum tree)

Eucalyptus citriodora and corymbia citriodora (from the lemon scented or spotted gum tree). It’s a valuable tree for more than just essential oils. The oil is colorless to light yellow and has an intense citrus, balsamic aroma. Good for muscular injury, fungal skin infections, bacterial skin infections, sores, wounds, and more. There are no warnings for use.

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Eucalyptus dives (broad-leafed peppermint tree)

Eucalyptus dives (from the broad-leafed peppermint tree). Oil is thin pale yellow, with a woody balsamic aroma with a note of peppermint. Good for respiratory infections, sinusitis, influenza, fever, headache, migraine, abdominal cramps, leg cramps, menstrual cramps, neuralgia, cellulite, head lice, fatigue, exhaustion. Avoid using it while pregnant or nursing.

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Eucalyptus radiata (river white gum tree)

Eucalyptus radiata, aka Eucalyptus Australiana (from the river white gum tree). Oil is thin and colorless to yellow with softer eucalyptus aroma with woody note. There are more oil glands in this type than the others. It is the most appropriate for general aromatherapy. Good for respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, colds, fever, asthma, flu, mental exhaustion, fatigue, and as a general stimulant and tonic. There are no warnings for use.

RECIPE

General Insect Prevention Blend
(put oil drops in a spritzer then fill bottle with water and spray around house)

Eucalyptus lemon (citriodora) 20 drops
Basil 10 drops
Lavender 10 drops
Geranium 5 drops
Peppermint 5 drops…

All information (except photos) are taken from:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, by Valerie Worwood

49 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — E — eucalyptus

    1. Jim, it seems reasonable to think it would, but I don’t know. I do know that at least a few of the oils I learned about have anti-viral qualities, including sweet savory. If I was a healthcare worker, I’d have a bottle of it in my pocket and breathe it in on a tissue frequently or put some on my face mask to stop the virus right there.

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  1. I love these trees! They smell so good and I like the rustling sound when there is a breeze!
    Plus when in Australia you can enjoy seeing the darling koala bears! Cheers!

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    1. Oh right! I totally forgot that koala eat eucalyptus leaves! I bet they do so smell wonderful on the breeze. It is probably so healthy to breathe that aroma in as well.

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  2. I did not know about the 4 different origins. I do use products with eucalyptus oil almost daily. I have lotion with eucalyptus globulus. Interestingly enough, the lotion is for body aches, but I find that the scent works well for my sinus issues too. That could explain it.

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  3. I so love the smell of eucalyptus trees! I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Oakland hills are full of them. We went to Tilden park often. The seed, nut, things can be used as a flea repellent on a dog or cat bed. I haven’t seen or smelled a eucalyptus tree since I moved in 2011.
    There are so many in northern CA because they were imported many years ago with the idea of building furniture. But, it’s too windy and the wood twisted. So, now they have pretty much gone “native.” Not good when there are fires though, because of the oils.

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    1. So very interesting! One of my later posts is on the bay laurel which seems to be very similar to the eucalyptus. Maybe they come from the same origins??

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  4. There used to be a eucalyptus tree at my mother’s backyard. It was tall and only the crows build their nests on it. On breezy days we would get the subtle smell of eucalyptus wafting in the air. I remember my and my brother experimenting to make eucalyptus oil from its leaves 🙂
    One more thing that associates me with this oil is my son. I have used it extensively for him when he was an infant and toddler as he was prone to chest congestion.
    This post on Eucalyptus made me nostalgic!

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    1. How awesome to have a eucalyptus tree growing in the yard. Did you succeed making the oil with your experiment? I grew up using Vicks for colds, which is basically eucalytus and menthol in a petroleum jelly. It works! Glad to give you some nostalgia, Anagha 🙂

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  5. I love eucalyptus trees — their uses are so versatile! I think I’ll get some essential oil to help for migraines…

    An A-Z of Faerie: Vila

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  6. Omg, it made me nostalgic too. Eucalyptus trees where everywhere on the campus where I went to school from 9 to 17! I remember loving the smell, the bark, the way they looked and years later always associated a sense of calm and peace with them whenever I was around them. No wonder!

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  7. I had no idea Eucalyptus was used for respiratory infection, fatigue, mental exhaustion, and even UTIs. I’m sure it’ll make a nice candle. Typically no essential oils can be ingested? Just inhaled?

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    1. Yes on essential oils are not to be ingested. Many are harmful full strength on the skin as well. They are so concentrated it could be dangerous. I know in my research I learned that one drop of peppermint essential oil is like 25 cups of peppermint tea! I believe I read the oils can harm the lining of your stomach if ingested.

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