Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is the distilled extract of the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree, which are found primarily in Australia. Of the over 700 indexed species of Eucalyptus, only 12 grew naturally outside of the Australian continent. Interestingly however, Australian distillers only produce 300 tons of the 5,000 tons global eucalyptus medicinal, flavoring, industrial and perfumery supply.
Of the entire genus, eucalyptus globulus and eucalyptus polybractea are the most sought after – the former for its phellandrene-free properties, and the latter for its rich cineole content.
The cineole content of the eucalyptus polybractea, also known as the blue mallee, is the highest of the genus, at levels as high as 91% – 95%. Cineole, sometimes known as eucalyptol, is the pharmaceutically active element of the Eucalyptus oil. The Liovena Eucalyptus Essential Oil is made exclusively from Australian blue mallee extracts.
Aside from its usage in food flavoring, industrial solvent, perfumery and as insects repellent, there are numerous documented evidences of the medicinal effects of Eucalyptus oil on the human body.
- Stimulating The Immune System
- Chronic Bronchitis, Mucin Hypersecretion and Asthma
- Muscle and Mental Relaxant Properties
- Antibacterial Activity in Dental Care
In their 2008 paper, Stimulatory effect of Eucalyptus essential oil on innate cell-mediated immune response’, researchers at University of Rome’s Department of Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Science clinically proved the stimulatory effect of Eucalyptus oil on the immune system after observing its effects on the body’s monocytic/macrophagic system, which is the primary agent in responses against pathogen attacks.
In a 2004 study by Zhejiang Respiratory Drugs Research Laboratory of State Food and Drugs Administration of China, researchers demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effect of Eucalyptus oil on chronic bronchitis, as well as its inhibitory effect on mucus buildup in the nasal and throat pathways.
In a separate 2002 study, researchers from the German’s Medizinische Universitäts-Poliklinik conducted a 2-month trial involving 32 patients with steroid-dependent bronchial asthma. The study produced evidence suggesting the presence of anti-inflammatory activity in the monoterpene 1.8-cineole administered to patients, and concluded the rational of using it as a mucolytic agent in treatments of upper and lower airway diseases.
A study involving 32 subjects conducted by Klinik für Neurologie der Universität in Germany in 1994 showed that Eucalyptus oil is capable of increasing cognitive performance and creating muscle and mental-relaxing properties via external application on the forehead and temple areas.
A 2008 double-masked, randomized trial on patients with gingivitis, conducted by the Department of Preventive Dentistry of Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry, showed significant effects on periodontal health. The Eucalyptus oil, delivered via chewing gum, exhibited remarkable improvements on plaque accumulation, gingival index and bleeding on probing.
COMMON PRODUCT USAGE TIPS
For those suffering from mild asthmatic syndromes, sinusitis, emphysema, nasal congestion and bronchitis, the following method will provide instant relief. Pour some warm water into a bowl and place a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in it. Stir, inhale, and rejoice. It’s as simple as that.
This method also provides mental relief to those struggling with pressure, stress and anxiety.
Ever wonder why toothpaste, mouthwash and breath mints occasionally advertise their Eucalyptus contents? The antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus essential oil are particularly effective in dental care. Mix a couple of drops of Eucalyptus oil into a cup of water and gargle. Repeat it daily to keep your teeth strong and healthy, and your breath fresh!
Here’s a really cool trick if you or your family members are infected with head lice. Pour a little Eucalyptus essential oil into your shampoo bottle and shake. Wash your hair and watch the lice colony run for cover. You may have to repeat this a couple of times to completely get rid of the lice infestation.
Insect Repellant and Air Freshener
A few drops of Eucalyptus oil, some water and a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray around the house. What do you get? Beautiful aroma, no mosquitoes, no insects – peace of mind.
Digestion and Blood Sugar Level
Not only will a cup of tea with a touch of Eucalyptus oil improve your digestive system, it will also help in regulating blood sugar levels of diabetic patients. While you should not stop taking your regular diabetic medications or insulin injections, Eucalyptus oil has been observed to reduce the blood sugar levels of patients.
The Eucalyptus oil is comprised of monoterpene and sesquiterpene compounds such as acids, alcohols, aldehydes, esters, ethers, hydrocarbons and ketones. Its ingredients are naturally unreactive and relatively non-toxic.
HOW TO IDENTIFY GOOD EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
First off, make sure that you are buying therapeutic grade oil and NOT aromatherapy grade. Next, confirm you are buying Eucalyptus oil from the correct species. Some citronellal-heavy species extracts are only meant to be used as perfumes or solvents, and have no respiratory or analgesic properties. Look at the ingredients and make sure cineole is listed.
Next, the smell test. Cineole has a soft cumin peppery smell on top of the usual Eucalyptus smell. Take a whiff of our blue mallee-derived essential oil to serve as a baseline.
Like most essential oils, Eucalyptus oil must be kept in a darkened, air-tight container and placed in a location with moderate temperature.
Blue mallee Eucalyptus essential oil, classified as “Generally Regarded as Safe” by the United States Food and Drug Authority, is completely safe for consumption, inhalation and external applications at recommended dosages. However, please consult a medical professional if you experience any adverse reactions after usage. In addition, it will cause irritation and/or burning sensation in cases of eye contact.