Eucalyptus Herb and Essential Oil DIY Decongestant

Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia but is now highly cultivated around the world.

The largest varieties grow in Tasmania and Victoria and reach up to heights of 375 ft., making it one of the largest trees in the world and is the floral emblem of Tasmania.

The young leaves are covered with a blue grey wax, which is the origin of the name blue gum, and are in opposite pairs on a square stem. The older leaves are blue-green, alternate and sword shaped. The bark peels off in large chunks after time.

Eucalyptus oil is known as being one of the most powerful remedies to combat colds and clear the respiratory system. Use in a tincture or essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil is used in products like Vick’s Vaporub TM.

Make your own eucalyptus rub without the petroleum by-products and use carrier oil mixed with eucalyptus essential oil to rub on the body as a healthier, cheaper alternative when you need to decongest.

Popular carrier oils to use are coconut oil, jojoba, hempseed or even use olive oil.

Buy a sprig of eucalyptus at the florist to hang in the shower, or put a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a facecloth or in a small bowl or Chinese tea cup and place on the bottom of the tub or shower floor.

When the water or heat hits the essential oils it will release the aroma and turn your shower into an aromatherapy steam room.
Use Eucalyptus radiata with children.

Latin Name Eucalyptus globulus
Family Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)
Country of Origin Australia, Tasmania

main distributor China

Volatility Top note
Extraction steam distilled from leaves of the tree
Colour clear to slight yellow
Aroma sharp, strong, camphor
Caution Contraindications Do not use during pregnancy, with high blood pressure, epilepsy, severe asthma, or with chemotherapy treatments. Do not store with homeopathic remedies.
Primary Uses Respiratory: bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, sinusitis

Muscular: pain, arthritis, aches

Skin: wound healing, burns, aids in circulation and oxidation of cells,

Insect repellent

Properties analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antispasmodic, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, anti-infective, astringent, carminative, decongestant, diaphoretic, drying, stimulating expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, immune stimulant, rubefacients,

(Primary properties are underlined)

Constituents Essential Oil Yield:

1 -2.4%

Sesquiterpene alcohols: <10% globulol, ledol, viridifloral,


valeric aldehydes

Oxides: 50-85% Eucalyptol aka 1, 8 cineole,

Monoterpene alcohol: terpineole,

Monoterpenes: 10-15% a+b pinene, phellandrene, cymene, camphene,

Sesquiterpenes: aromadendrene,



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