25 Days of Essential Oils – Day 5
Updated: Dec 6, 2022
Day 5 excitement! Eucalyptus essential oil is one that many are familiar with.
Eucalyptus is a great essential oil with a lot of benefits. I am personally not a fan of the smell, and the conifers make a great substitute for eucalyptus essential oil. This oil does have some safety concerns to be aware of. There are a few varieties of eucalyptus, but I am going to showcase Eucalyptus globulus.
Essential Oil Common Name: Eucalyptus
Latin Name: Eucalyptus globulus
Part of Plant Used: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Notes (Scent and Staying Power): Top
Safe for Ages: Safe for ages 10+ due to the 1, 8 cineole content. There are some general guidelines when it comes to children and this essential oil. Use caution when using it on children between ages 5-10 if you plan on using it. Avoid on children under 5. If you create a blend for yourself, use a quarter of the amount of essential oil for children as a safe guideline.
Safe for Pregnancy: Yes
Safe for Breastfeeding: Yes
Topical Max: The topical max for this essential oil is 20%. Always dilute before applying to the skin
Shelf Life: 3 Years
Key Therapeutic Properties/Actions: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Mucolytic
Contraindications: This essential oil has safety concerns for asthmatics, and use around children/babies when applied near the face. This essential oil could cause CNS and breathing problems according to the book Essential Oil Safety (Tisserand & Young). Avoid or use caution when there is a history of CNS issues, such as epilepsy when using this essential oil. Avoid using it in conjunction with homeopathic remedies. It could weaken the effects of the homeopathic remedy.
Where to purchase: Eucalyptus here
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Love and Nature,
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Tisserand, R., & Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety. (2nd ed.). Churchill Livingstone.
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Aromahead Institute. (n.d.). Aromatherapy Certification Program. [Courses]. Aromahead Institute. https://courses.aromahead.com/aromatherapy-certification-program