03 Jan Eucalyptus Globulus: It’s why koalas don’t cough
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus Globulus
Principally cultivated in: Portugal, Spain and China
There are over 600 species of Eucalyptus but less than 20 of them are harvested for commercial use.
Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as Tasmanian blue gum or blue gum.
Eucalyptus is amazing for relief from cough and cold. One of my pet peeves in life is uncontrollable coughing. Yes, I understand that it is involuntary but it still drives me crazy. There is actually a woman at work that apologizes to me when she has a cold… might be why I get along super well with Koalas.
This is the season where I have my eucalyptus on me at all times. As soon as someone starts coughing, I am on them like sauce on ribs (mmmm). I suggest that this might help to calm their cough. I smile, leave the bottle on their desk, and walk away. Then, my friends, sweet peace of no more coughing fills the air. I will absolutely give this stuff away because it works!
It is also very useful in relieving my sons cold symptoms. I put one drop, yes one drop, in a huge bowl of boiling water and threw a towel over his head and told him to breathe. Guess what…after a couple of minutes, he could.
Want to know why?? (here is the science-y stuff)
Eucalyptus plants that are used for essential oils are the ones highest in Cineol 1,8. Cineol 1,8 is an oxide and the therapeutic properties of oxides include: decongestant, expectorant and mucolytic. It is also antiviral, antibacterial, a stimulant and a tonic.
Health Canada tells us that you can use eucalyptus for the following.
- to help relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis.
- or inhaled to help relieve headache.
- or inhaled to reduce the symptoms of cold & cough.
Most of what we hear about Eucalyptus has to do with respiration but did you know that it is also a known analgesic? This is why it is good to relieve joint and muscle pain as well as headaches.
Emotionally and energetically, it helps to relieve melancholy. It revives the spirit and helps with a positive outlook. Definitely one of the feel good oils!
You can use this topically (properly diluted) or through inhalation (diffuse that baby!)
SAFETY: This oil should not be used on children under 5 should be properly diluted for children. A 1% dilution is appropriate for children. This would mean 2 drops of EO in a 10 ml bottle.
* Disclaimer: No koalas were studied (or even seen) in the writing of the subject line.