Latin Name: Eucalyptus globulus
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
This species is high (about 80%) in the oxide 1,8 cineol and as such, is preferred for treating congested, lower respiratory illnesses, such as: phlegmy cough cold symptoms bronchitis pneumonia (especially when used in conjunction with Tree Basil, Ocimum gratissimum) Eucalyptus globulus can be a skin irritant. Dilute properly. Avoid use of this oil on younger children and babies due to the presence of the small amount of the ketone carvone. Both of these Eucalyptus oils are wonderful choices when trying to heal from a respiratory illness. Some suggested methods of application include: Bath (10 drops added to running water or diluted in 30 ml milk or unscented body wash) Diffusing Nebulizer (add 5-10 drops to the water and feel its benefits in the air!) Aromatherapy Inhaler (saturate half the wick with your choice of Eucalyptus and keep handy in your pocket for decongesting a stuffy nose) Diluted in a carrier/base oil for rubbing the chest, back and feet (5 drops essential oil per 10 ml of carrier oil) In addition to either of the above Eucalyptus, if you are suffering from a common winter virus or bacteria, there are other oils that would be an essential addition to your self care. Consider adding: Ravintsara (anti-viral and anti-bacterial) Tea Tree (sinus congestion) Thyme thymol (for infection) Peppermint (decongestant/not for children under 8) Eucalyptus Rectification Most of the Eucalyptus globulus sold on the market today has been rectified. Rectification is a re-distillation of the essential oil, in order to remove certain chemical compounds. Rectification of Eucalyptus globulus creates an oil that has a more agreeable and familiar odour, but in our opinion, also results in an oil with a high irritant factor, making it a poor therapeutic choice. These minor chemical compounds that are missing in the rectified oil impart many vital benefits to the consumer, among which are its protective quality to the respiratory tract. They are also what give the Eucalyptus globulus oil its distinctive scent which is often too strong for some consumers as the public has been trained to expect an altered, deodorized scent. Our Eucalyptus globulus has a stronger odour due to the fact that it is unrectified and thus unaltered and whole. The subject of rectification is a topic of great debate among aromatherapists. At Rae Dunphy Aromatics, we are committed to sourcing and offering our customers pure, unaltered essential oils. Altered (or adulterated) oils are often missing the trace chemical compounds that are so integral to an oil’s therapeutic benefit. It is for this reason that we do not sell rectified Eucalyptus globulus essential oil. The Eucalyptus globulus oil we carry is grown in Portugal where local regulations do not require the Eucalyptus globulus oil be rectified, as it is in other countries.