Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus Globulus - Tree
Blending Notes: Top
Main Benefits: Healing
Properties: Decongestant, Antiseptic, Anti-Spasmodic, Uplifting, Stimulating
Other producers are: South Africa, Australia
Allergy Warning: Sensitive Skin, Do Not use when Pregnant, Do Not Use on Babies and Young Children
Short History of Eucalyptus
In the 19th century, the `fever tree` (as it became known) was often planted in unhealthy marshy and malarial districts, such as Campagna, near Rome. The huge, strong roots are capable of absorbing enormous amounts of water, eventually transforming the marsh into dry land.
Eucalyptus was first used as a medicine by the aboriginal peoples of Australia. The boiled the leaves in water and took the resulting brew as a medicine to quell fever, such as malaria. They also used poultices made with the leaves to heal infected wounds. At one time, the European settlers in Australia smoked the dried leaves like tobacco to treat asthma.
The distillation of eucalyptus began in Australia in 1854 The earliest medical research into the properties of eucalyptus leaves was carried out in German by Doctors Cloez (1870) Faust and Homeyer (1874). They prescribed eucalyptus for bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, coughs, colds and flu because it seemed to have a special affinity with the respiratory system. According to the 20th century aromatherapy pioneer Dr Jean Valnet, tea made from eucalyptus leaves (not the essential oil) can also lower high blood sugar levels. He suggested that eucalyptus tea may therefore help non-insulin dependent diabetes – the type which tends to occur in mid-to-late life. Treatment of such conditions, however, should be carried out only under the supervision of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner.
Not all species of eucalyptus however produce an essential oil. The Tasmanian blue gum called ballook by the aboriginals, Eucalyptus is included in so many medicinal preparations, and the aroma of eucalyptus is recognized by almost everyone. The aroma is camphor-like, sweet, woody and powerful. Native to Australia, there are over 600 species of eucalyptus which are now cultivated throughout the world. While some species are shrubs, others are trees of immense size and beauty.
In their country of origin, they often attain a height of 100m or more – a few are even taller than the famous giant redwoods of California. The trees provide food for the koala bear, which feeds exclusively on eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus is wildly cultivated around the Mediterranean and is the favourite variety of medical purposes. The flower buds are covered by a cap like membrane which pops open like a lid when ready for pollination, reveiling the small white blooms. The bark exudes a sweet smelling gum though only the blue green leathery leaves produce the essential oil. The oil glands is visible when a leave is held up to the light.
Diabetes, Hay Fever, Coughs, Colds, Smokey or Polluted Atmosphere, Influenza, Burns, Cuts, Grazes, Headlice, Sprains, Cold Sores, Throat Infections, Diarrhoea, Gall Stones, Antiseptic, Bronchitis, Urinary Tract infection, Kidneys, Rheumatism, Respiratory Tract Problems, Nasel Congestion, Chest Infections.
Mood Uplifting, Massage, Inhalation, Burners, Insect Repellent