Eucalyptus globulus essential oil, in an amber glass round bottle with a orifice reducer for drop by drop dispersal. Organic essential oil that comes from Nepal. Traditional Eucalyptus scent commonly used for decongestant and uplifting properties. This is a favorite for humidifiers when kids have congestion. Note, the color of this oil is not blue.
Common Names: Eucalyptus, Tasmanian Bluegum, Southern Blue-gum, Blue gum
Latin Name: Eucalyptus Globulus
E. globulus is named the Blue Gum tree because its leaves tend to grow a blue and grey waxy bloom on top. The leaves grow between 6 and 12 cm long, and have a curved taper at one end. The trees themselves tend to grow between 90 to 180 feet, although historically there have been claims of 330 feet.
Handling the plant may result in hives, and for this reason eucalyptus is not recommended for use on the skin of people with diabetic mellitus. (1) Additionally, large amounts of the oil can be dangerous, so caution should be taken. All essential oils should be used with a carrier oil for dilution, and never taken internally except under the advice and supervision of a licensed health care professional.
Blue Gum trees tends to grow in tall, open forests. However, they have been known to grow as smaller shrubs attached to rocks. The blue gum eucalyptus is native to Australia, and was the first tree species to be exported from Australia to other continents.
It can be found worldwide due to its suitability to a variety of climates. It can be found in large numbers in California, Hawaii, Spain, Portugal, and Chili. In Australia, blue gum eucalyptus mainly grows on the southeastern and western coasts of Tasmania, as well as the islands of Bass Straight, and Southern Victoria.
Eucalyptus globulus grows best in mild, temperate climates. It also does very well in high, cool elevations, in tropical areas with no severe dry season. A variety of soils serve this plant well, provided they have good drainage, low salinity, and a soil depth of two feet or more.
Eucalyptus globulus really shines when it comes to fighting off disease-causing agents. In lab studies, E. globulus has proven very effective as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and an anti-viral. (Along with several other much beloved herbal remedies.)
Helicobacter pylori, a stomach bacteria that causes ulcers, affects 50% of the world’s population. Researchers tested an Iranian herbal called Shoya powder (A dried mix of Thymus vulgaris (thyme) and Eucalyptus globulus). Shoya powder was shown to be effective against H. pylori, and the researchers recommended Shoya powder be used as a mouthwash. (2)
A blend of Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Ceylon Cinnamon), Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace), Eucalyptus globulus, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), and Camelina sativa (Camelina) was tested for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. This mix was proven effective against staph infections, e-coli, and pseudomondas – three drug and antibiotic resistant infections. The mix was also effective against the viruses H1N1 and HSV1. (E. Globulus had previously tested as effective against H1N1). (3)
Eucalyptus globulus was tested against seven pathogens that affect fish, and was found to be effective against all of them. (4)
Researchers individually tested Thymus schimperi (tosagne – Northern Ethiopia), Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile), Eucalyptus globulus, and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) for their antimicrobial and antifungal properties. All but chamomile were effective against pseudomonas, shigella staph infection, e-coli, and three types of salmonella. (5)
– Eucalyptus globulus Labill; Plants Of The World Online; accessed Sept 18 2017; http://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:592965-1
– Eucalyptus (blue gum) Eucalyptus globulus; Ageless; accessed Sept 18, 2017; http://ageless.co.za/herb-eucalyptus.htm#Parts%20used
(1) Eucalyptus globulus – Labill; Plants For A Future; 2006; http://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Eucalyptus%2Bglobulus
(2) Esmaeili D, Mobarez AM, Tohidpour A. Anti-helicobacter pylori activities of shoya powder and essential oils of thymus vulgaris and eucalyptus globulus. Open Microbiol J. 2012;6:65-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22927892
(3) Brochot A, Guilbot A, Haddioui L, Roques C. Antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects of three essential oil blends. Microbiologyopen. 2017;6(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28296357
(4) Park JW, Wendt M, Heo GJ. Antimicrobial activity of essential oil of Eucalyptus globulus against fish pathogenic bacteria. Lab Anim Res. 2016;32(2):87-90. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27382376
(5) Mekonnen A, Yitayew B, Tesema A, Taddese S. In Vitro Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oil of Thymus schimperi, Matricaria chamomilla, Eucalyptus globulus, and Rosmarinus officinalis. Int J Microbiol. 2016;2016:9545693. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26880928