Species: Eucaluptus globulus Labill., fam. Myrtaceae
Traditional uses: cuts, sores, arthritis, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, headaches, burns, asthma, mental exhaustion, etc.
Thought to be: antiseptic, antirheumatic, antiviral, antispasmatic, expectorant, paraciticide, diuretic, decongestant, stimulant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, vermifuge (expels intestinal worms)
Cautions and Interactions
Diabetes: Early research suggests eucalyptus leaf might lower blood sugar. There is concern that using eucalyptus while taking medications for diabetes might lower blood sugar too much. Blood sugar levels should be monitored closely.
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
Interactions: Medications that are changed by the liver should not be taken with Eucalyptus. These include: amitriptyline (Elavil), haloperidol (Haldol), ondansetron (Zofran), propranolol (Inderal), theophylline (Theo-Dur, others), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and pantoprazole (Protonix), diazepam (Valium), carisoprodol (Soma), nelfinavir (Viracept), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), ibuprofen (Motrin), meloxicam (Mobic), and piroxicam (Feldene); celecoxib (Celebrex); amitriptyline (Elavil); warfarin (Coumadin); glipizide (Glucotrol); losartan (Cozaar); lovastatin (Mevacor), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), fexofenadine (Allegra), triazolam (Halcion),
Ways to use:
- Massage oil: 2.5-5% dilution 15-20 drops per 30mL of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, sunflower, etc.
- Diffuser: 5-6 drops in water
- Bath: add 2-12 drops into tsp of honey or carrier oil. Optionally mix with epsom or Dead Sea salt and add to bath water.
- Lotion or shampoo: add 5-6 drops per 30mL of unscented base/lotion
Components (can change from batch to batch. Ask if you need current GC/MS analysis):
- 1,8-Cineole (86.57%)
- para-Cymene (2.70%)
- alpha-Pinene (2.56%)
- Limonene (0.43%)
- Geraniol (0.17%)
- Camphene (0.12%)
- beta-Pinene (0.05%)
- Myrcene (0.02%)
Blends well with: Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Fir, Lemon, Peppermint, Cedarwood, and Frankincense
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