The most common essential oil from the eucalyptus family is eucalyptus globulus, and this is the one people are referring to when they are talking about eucalyptus in general. The eucalyptus family of essential oils includes the following:
- Eucalyptus Globulus or “eucalyptus” has stronger antibacterial properties, clears congested fluids, and supports a healthy and normal inflammatory cycle
- Eucalyptus Natriol Azule or “eucalyptus blue” has stronger antiviral properties and supports a healthy and normal inflammatory cycle
- Eucalyptus Citriodora has stronger antifungal properties and deters insects
- Eucalyptus Dives has stronger antibacterial properties
- Eucalyptus Polybractea has stronger antibacterial properties and clears phlegm and congested fluid
- Eucalyptus Radiata has stronger antibacterial properties and supports a healthy and normal inflammatory cycle
- Eucalyptus Staigeriana has stronger antifungal properties and relaxes the muscles
Physical benefits of eucalyptus essential oil
All of the eucalyptus essential oils contain valuable immune-boosting properties, and rotating between the different varieties is an effective way to support all aspects of a healthy immune system. In general, the eucalyptus family of oils supports the immune, respiratory, and lymph systems, and targets lung function. Diffusing a blend of eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus blue, peppermint (or spearmint if a history of high blood pressure), and lemon in the house weekly can help purify the air and support everyone’s immune system throughout the year.
Western medicine acknowledges the immune system benefits of eucalyptus. In fact, many over-the-counter cold medications include eucalyptus in their products to relieve congestion. Current research studies demonstrate eucalyptus’s antimicrobial properties, which supports why people have used as a natural cleaning agent for years. Combine in a glass spray bottle, a few drops of eucalyptus and lemon essential oils to equal parts of white vinegar and water and a small amount natural dish soap to create your household cleaning spray.*
The effectiveness of eucalyptus essential oils as a natural pesticide is catching the attention of environmentalists. This oil has proven to be a safe alternative to synthetic pesticides. Folk remedies cite eucalyptus as a defense against earwigs, millipedes, and mosquitos. Combine equal parts eucalyptus oil with citronella and lavender to create your bug away spray safe for the entire family.*
Emotional benefits of eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil promotes healthy physical and emotional boundaries to create a safe space to deal with life’s everyday situations and remain motivated. If you find yourself doing too much for others, or not honor your needs, you may eventually feel run down and weaken your immune system. Bacteria, fungus, and viruses will drain the body’s energy reserves, making it challenging to get through your to-do lists and accomplish goals. These common pathogens will lower your body’s healthy electrical frequency the same way the pesky people will. Any of the eucalyptus oils will support both healthy limitations and the ability to distance ourselves from people who may be emotionally draining.*
*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Eucalyptus essential oil research articles:
A study demonstrates eucalyptus essential oil can stimulate phagocytic immune activity along with the low release of pro-inflammatory cytokines to support the immune system
Serafino, A., Vallebona, P. S., Andreola, F., Zonfrillo, M., Mercuri, L., Federici, M. Pierimarchi, P. (2008). Stimulatory effect of Eucalyptus essential oil on innate cell-mediated immune response. BMC Immunology, 9, 17. http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2172-9-17
A study suggests the anti-inflammatory properties of monoterpene 1.8-Cineol for asthma and upper and lower airway diseases
Juergens UR, Dethlefsen U, Steinkamp G, Gillissen A, Repges R, Vetter H. Anti-inflammatory activity of 1.8-cineol (eucalyptol) in bronchial asthma: a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Respir Med. 2003 Mar;97(3):250-6. PubMed PMID: 12645832.
The study illustrates antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of eucalyptus oil varies depending on species
Ameur Elaissi, Zyed Rouis, Nabil Abid Ben Salem, Samia Mabrouk, Youssef ben Salem, Karima Bel Haj Salah, Mahjoub Aouni, Farhat Farhat, Rachid Chemli, Fethia Harzallah-Skhiri, Mohamed Larbi Khouja BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012; 12: 81. Published online 2012 Jun 28. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-12-81
A study concludes significant use of eucalyptus essential oil as a natural pesticide against bacteria, fungi, insects, nematodes, weeds, and mites
Batish, Daizy R., Harminder Pal Singh, Ravinder Kumar Kohli, and Shalinder Kaura. “Eucalyptus Essential Oil as a Natural Pesticide.” Eucalyptus Essential Oil as a Natural Pesticide. September 24, 2008. Accessed September 11, 2016. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112708006166.