Wellness Warrior Herbal Medicines & Essential Oils
Aromatic │ Topical (!) │Internal (!) │ Oral (!) │Children (!)
Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Eucalyptus globulus is an essential oil native to Tasmanian and called blue gum. It has a fresh, penetrating, woody, camphoraceous, very herbaceous scent with soft woody undertones. Commonly used for respiratory complaints, including wheezing and asthma, eucalyptus globulus is an excellent choice for diffusing in your home or applying topically to the chest.
This product is available in a 15 mL amber glass Euro bottle.
All Wellness Warrior products are organic.
Acne, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, burns, bacterial dysentery, cancer, catarrh, colds, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), coughing, diabetes, fever, flu, gallbladder problems, infection, joint pain such as rheumatism, liver problems, loosen coughs, loss of appetite, mental focus, osteoarthritis, poor circulation, poorly healing ulcers, pulmonary tuberculosis, respiratory tract infections such as whooping cough, ringworm, sinusitis (pain and inflammation of the respiratory tract, mucous membranes, and respiratory infections), upset stomach, and arming to the body, and wounds.
Cineole is the main constituent of this oil. It is analgesic, antibacterial, antidiabetic, antifungal, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral (strong), decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, and stimulant.
HOW TO USE:
Aromatic – Add 3-4 drops of oil to distilled water and diffuse; inhale directly by cupping your hands around an open bottle and breath in deeply through your nose. Eucalyptus' expectorant properties loosen coughs. Its antiseptic properties are used to reduce fever and can be vaporized in water to achieve this result.
Topical (!) – Directly apply 1-3 drops of oil to the area of concern or to reflex points (dilute using a carrier oil). Eucalyptus oil should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin in its full strength. 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
Internal (!) – 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, however, it is strongly suggested to consult a qualified healthcare provider educated in the internal use of essential oils prior to using this oil internally. 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
Oral (!) – In dentistry, eucalyptus essential oil is included in products used as sealers and solvents for root canal fillings. Apply with a cotton applicator.
Children (!) – Likely safe for children over the age of 12 with proper dilution. Do not administer to infants or children under the age of 12 without the professional consultation of a trusted healthcare practitioner. See notes below for more information on use with children and consider purchasing our Eucalyptus radiata which is the best option for eucalyptus and children.
For people with sensitive skin, Wellness Warrior suggests diluting essential oils with a vegetable-based carrier oil, such as raw coconut or jojoba oil.
Skin reactions: Eucalyptus oil is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when applied directly to the skin without first being diluted.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Eucalyptus HERB is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breastfeeding women when consumed in food amounts. But don’t use eucalyptus essential oil while pregnant or breastfeeding as there is not enough information known about safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Children: Eucalyptus essential 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 using the HERB (leaves) 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
Research / Studies:
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.