Eucalyptus (Blue Gum) Essential Oil

Distillation Method:
Steam
Country of Origin:
France
Plant Part:
Leaf
Latin Name:
Eucalyptus globulus
Cultivation:
Certified Organic

About the Oil: With its bright, fresh, fullbodied aroma, this is the finest “Tasmanian Blue Gum” Eucalyptus we've ever tried. Many Blue Gum Eucalyptus oils are rectified or redistilled for manufacturing, but this is Corsian oil is in its natural, most therapeutic state.

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Drops per ml

Blending Tips

57

Chemical Families

Oxides
84.24%
Sesquiterpenes
8.77%
Monoterpenes
4.10%

Primary Constituents

eucalyptol
84.24%
alpha copaene
6.17%
beta caryophyllene
1.89%
limonene
1.63%
p cymol
1.50%
Description

ABOUT THE PLANT

A majestic evergreen tree that grows up to 90 meters tall, the 'Blue Gum' Eucalyptus is native to Australia, particularly Tasmania, and is the most well known of the Eucalyptus varieties. When the term 'Eucalyptus oil' is used without mention of a species, this is usually the one. Of the 500 types of Eucalyptus tree species that yield an essential oil, Eucalyptus globulus is the most common for medicinal purposes due to its high cineole content.

ABOUT THE OIL

Steam-distilled from the leaves of organically cultivated Corsican Blue Gum Eucalyptus trees, this oil is light-weight, clear, and slightly blue-tinted. It has a camphoraceous odor and a woody-sweet undertone. We also have the slightly sweeter Eucalyptus Radiata (Narrow Leaf) variety available.

OF INTEREST

This essential oil has traditionally been used to help mitigate infectious conditions.

Therapeutic Properties

THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Analgesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antirheumatic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Astringent
  • Decongestant
  • Deodorant
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant
  • Eucalyptol vapor on the nasal passages allows for easier & deeper breathing
  • Cleanses spaces of conflict & negative energy
  • “restores vitality and positive outlook”
  • “gives us, inwardly, ‘room to breathe’”

From The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide1:

  • Tonic & regulating
  • Use in a cooling compress to relieve fever, aches, and pains
  • Powerful respiratory support
  • Expectorant

PROPERTIES OF EUCALYPTUS REPORTED IN PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH

Eucalyptol (1,8-cineol) is one of the most therapeutic compounds commonly found in many essential oils. Named after eucalyptus, it is the primary component of both Eucalyptus radiata and Eucalyptus globulus essential oils. Both of these oils at Ananda are made up of over 80% eucalyptol, making them highly therapeutic.

  • Analgesic (pain-blocking)3
  • Sedative3
  • Antimicrobial4
  • Antioxidant5
  • Anti-ulcer/Gastroprotective6
  • Asthma relief7,8
  • Anti-inflammatory3,8
  • Cardiovascular relaxant9
  • Cognitive stimulant10

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES

  • Eucalyptol was reported to have significant analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, and sedative effects in a study on mice.3
  • Eucalyptus essential oil has been reported to have antibacterial, fungicidal, insecticidal, insect repellent, tick-repellant, and herbicidal activities. Due to these activities it has been proposed as an effective natural alternative to traditional antibacterials and pesticides.4
  • Both the eucalyptus radiata and globulus varieties exhibited strong antioxidant and antibacterial activity in vitro.5
  • 1,8 Cineol (eucalyptol) was given orally to rats, resulting in a significant decrease in the formation and severity of colonic ulcers. These results provide evidence for "the anti-inflammatory action of 1,8-cineole and suggest its potential value as a dietary flavoring agent in the prevention of gastrointestinal inflammation and ulceration."6
  • Application of eucalyptol to human cell culture significantly reduced the production of inflammatory cell-signaling proteins that cause over-secretion of mucous in the airway. The authors propose this finding as evidence that eucalyptol may have a role as a "long-term treatment to reduce exacerbations in asthma, sinusitis and COPD."7
  • A clinical trial was conducted on patients with steroid-dependent bronchial asthma who were given daily doses of eucalyptol. This treatment significantly reduced the patients' dependency on the steroid prednisone to treat their asthma symptoms.8
  • Eucalyptol has also been shown to suppress the contraction of cardiac muscle and may be beneficial for hypertension and heart disease.9
  • Eucalyptol increases cerebral blood flow to the brain. Blood flow was found to be directly correlated with the eucalyptol concentration in the blood.10

REFERENCES

1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Stiles, K. G. The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy. Page Street Publishing, 2017.

3 Santos, F. A. & Rao, V. S. N. “Anti-inflammatory and Antinociceptive Effects of 1,8-Cineole a Terpenoid Oxide Present in Many Plant Essential Oils.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 14, no. 4, June 2000, pp. 240–244., doi:10.1002/1099-1573(200006)14:43.0.co;2-x.

4 Batish, Daizy R., et al. “Eucalyptus Essential Oil as a Natural Pesticide.” Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 256, no. 12, 10 Dec. 2008, pp. 2166–2174., doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2008.08.008.

5 Luís, Ângelo, et al. “Chemical Composition, Antioxidant, Antibacterial and Anti-Quorum Sensing Activities of Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oils.” Industrial Crops and Products, vol. 79, Jan. 2016, pp. 274–282., doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.10.055.

6 Santos, F. “1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol), a Monoterpene Oxide Attenuates the Colonic Damage in Rats on Acute TNBS-Colitis.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 42, no. 4, 2004, pp. 579–584., doi:10.1016/j.fct.2003.11.001.

7 Juergens, Uwe R., et al. “Inhibitory Activity of 1,8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) on Cytokine Production in Cultured Human Lymphocytes and Monocytes.” Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, vol. 17, no. 5, 2004, pp. 281–287., doi:10.1016/j.pupt.2004.06.002.

8 Juergens, U. R., et al. “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of 1.8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) in Bronchial Asthma: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial.” Respiratory Medicine, vol. 97, no. 3, 2003, pp. 250–256., doi:10.1053/rmed.2003.1432.

9 Soares, M.c.m.s., et al. “Eucalyptol, an Essential Oil, Reduces Contractile Activity in Rat Cardiac Muscle.” Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, vol. 38, no. 3, 2005, pp. 453–461., doi:10.1590/s0100-879x2005000300017.

10 Stimpfl, T., et al. "Concentration of 1,8 cineole in blood during prolonged inhalation." Chemical Senses, vol. 20, 1995, pp. 349-350. 

Application

INHALATION

  • Direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, humidifier, steam inhalation
  • Excellent for bronchial conditions – helps fight infection and is antimicrobial. Its high amount of cineole gives Eucalyptus globulus its anti-inflammatory action, which can help reduce joint and muscle soreness.

TOPICAL

  • massage, compress, bath, liniment, skincare
  • Create a diluted spray (see the article link) for use on your body.
  • See our blog post on creating your own insect repellent formula.
Aromatherapy Details

This Blue Gum Eucalyptus exhibits a distinctly green, menthol top note, a camphoraceous middle note and a deeply woody and slightly sweet undertone.

Blue Gum Eucalyptus essential oil blends well with Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Cedarwood and Lemon.

Safety

Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Do not take internally.