• Eucalyptus globulus


    Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus globulus

    Part used:  leaves and twigs of the eucalyptus tree

    Properties:  analgesic, antibacterial, antidiabetic, antifungal, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, stimulant, vermifuge, and vulnerary

    Aroma and appearance:  the aroma is fresh, penetrating, woody, and camphoraceous

    Active properties:  eucalyptol

    Uses:  eucalyptus leaf is used for acne, burns, bacterial dysentery, cancer, diabetes, fever, gallbladder problems, infection, joint pain such as rheumatism, liver problems, loosen coughs, loss of appetite, osteoarthritis, poorly healing ulcers, respiratory tract infections such as whooping cough, asthma and pulmonary tuberculosis, ringworm, upset stomach, wounds

    Eucalyptus oil should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin in it's full strength, so dilute with a vegetable base oil, such as coconut oil, for safety. The diluted oil can be taken by mouth for asthma, bronchitis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cough, sinus pain and inflammation, pain and swelling (inflammation) of respiratory tract mucous membranes and respiratory infections

    Eucalyptus' expectorant properties loosen coughs.  It's antiseptic properties are used to reduce fever and can be vaporized in water to achieve this result

    Some research shows that taking eucalyptol, a chemical found in eucalyptus oil, and extracts of pine and lime by mouth for at least 2 weeks improves symptoms and reduces flare-ups in people with bronchitis

    Diluted eucalyptus essential oil can be applied directly to the skin for pain and swelling of respiratory tract mucous membranes (rub on chest), genital herpes, joint pain and nasal stuffiness

    Eucalyptus is used as an insect repellent - some research shows that applying a specific spray containing a combination of eucalyptus and lemon extract to the skin lowers the number of tick bites by about 30% in people living in tick-infested areas

    In dentistry, eucalyptus essential oil is included in products used as sealers and solvents for root canal fillings

    Country of origin:  Australia, India

    Organic:  YES

    Side effects:  Eucalyptol, a chemical that is removed from eucalyptus oil and used as medicine, is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth for up to 12 weeks

    Skin reactions: Eucalyptus oil is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when applied directly to the skin without first being diluted. Eucalyptus oil is LIKELY UNSAFE when it is taken by mouth without first being diluted. Taking 3.5 mL of undiluted oil can be fatal. Signs of eucalyptus poisoning might include stomach pain and burning, dizziness, muscle weakness, small eye pupils, feelings of suffocation, and some others. Eucalyptus oil can also cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Eucalyptus is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women when consumed in food amounts. But don’t use eucalyptus oil. Not enough is known about safety during pregnancy or breast-feeding

    Children: Eucalyptus oil is LIKELY UNSAFE for children. It should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Not much is known about the safety of using eucalyptus leaves in children. It’s best to avoid use in amounts larger than food amounts

    Diabetes: Early research suggests eucalyptus leaf might lower blood sugar in diabetic patients and in patients taking medications that already lower their blood sugar, the addition of eucalyptus could cause a drop in sugar that requires emergency care.  Therefore, blood sugar levels should be monitored closely if taking eucalyptus, even topically.  If blood sugar levels fall while using eucalyptus essential oil, please consult with your healthcare provider to properly adjust your medication levels

    Surgery: Since eucalyptus might affect blood sugar levels, there is concern that it might make blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop using eucalyptus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery

    • Cytochrome P450 - these are medications that are changed by the liver.  These medications interact with eucalyptus and may possibly decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications.  Taking eucalyptus with these medications can increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking eucalyptus oil, talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver
    • Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates:  Some of these medications include:  amitriptyline (Elavil), haloperidol (Haldol), ondansetron (Zofran), propranolol (Inderal), theophylline (Theo-Dur, others), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, others), and others
    • Cytochrome P450 2C19 (CYP2C19) substrates:  Some of these medications include:  omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and pantoprazole (Protonix); diazepam (Valium); carisoprodol (Soma); nelfinavir (Viracept); and others 
    • Cytochrome P450 2C9 (CYP2C9) substrates:  Some of these medications include:  diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), ibuprofen (Motrin), meloxicam (Mobic), and piroxicam (Feldene); celecoxib (Celebrex); amitriptyline (Elavil); warfarin (Coumadin); glipizide (Glucotrol); losartan (Cozaar); and others
    • Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates:  Some of these medications include:  lovastatin (Mevacor), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), fexofenadine (Allegra), triazolam (Halcion), and many others
    • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with eucalyptus and might decrease blood sugar.  Some medications used for diabetes include:  glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others