Botanical binomial: Eucalyptus globulus
Other names: Fevertree, Gum Tree, Tasmanian Blue Gum, Eucalypti Aetheroleum, Oleum Eucalypti.
Country of Origin: China
Part of plant used in production: Leaf
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: An Australian native tree with over 700 species, Eucalyptus now grows in many places of the world including Asia and Europe. It can grow up to 90 meters high with long, narrow yellowish green leaves in mature trees. The flowers are an off-white colour and have a smooth, pale grey cone often covered in white powder.
Characteristics: A colourless to pale-yellow with a distinct camphorous, woody-sweet odour. This is a very similar smell to the crushed leaves.
Properties: Analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, hypoglycaemic, stimulant, vulnerary.
Main Constituents: pinene, 1,8 cineole, limonene, globulol, aromadendrene
Uses: Eucalyptus globulus is used in many foods and flavours under the label eucalyptol. Many ointments, creams, and cough and cold remedies contain E. globulus due to its expectorant and decongestant properties. Eucalyptus stimulates the immune system and reduces primary inflammation. It is also very refreshing and stimulating for the mind when inhaled and a good remedy for wounds and ulcers.
Blends well with: Basil, cedarwood, citronella, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, niaouli, pine, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint, tea tree, thyme.
Safety: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing at 10% dilution. Toxic if undiluted therefore not to be taken internally. Contact with eyes and mouth should be avoided.