Eucalyptus Oil – Rich History, Glorified Present

Eucalyptus oil is the name given to the oil which is derived from the Eucalyptus leaves, which is a genus of the plan Myrtaceae. This plant even though native to Australia is cultivated worldwide. Eucalyptus essential oil has got a wide application for various flavoring, industrial, pharmaceutical, antiseptic and fragrance uses. The oil is mainly extracted though the process of steam distillation. Eucalyptus essential oil is mainly used under three broad categories and these are industrial, medicinal as well as perfumery. More than 70% of the total production of eucalyptus essential oil comes from China. The other producers of this great essential oil include Chile, South Africa, Swaziland and Spain etc. Cineole is a major constitute of eucalyptus essential oil.

The eucalyptus essential oil is cineole-based oil and it has got some superb pharmaceutical properties that help to remove the symptoms of colds and influenza. The antibacterial effects of this oil on the bacteria are highly effective; it is also inhaled for the treatment of bronchitis. This oil also helps to stimulate or improve the immune system of the body and make it resistance to pathogens.


                  Eucalyptus Leaves

Eucalyptus essential oil since long has been known for analgesic and anti inflammatory properties. This is the reason why you will find it as a major constituent in soaps and dental care produces. This cineole based oil is used as a flavoring agent in food. Various products including confectionery, meat products and baked food requires eucalyptus essential oil for their preparation. Of late, this oil is finding a great use in the industrial application also. This oil prevents the problem of separation with petrol fuel and ethanol blends. The octane rating of eucalyptus oil is respectable. Since the production cost is currently too high, thus it cannot be used as a fuel as of now. If you are using the oil internally then you must ensure that you take in only limited dose of this oil. Taking higher doses of eucalyptus essential oil can lead to systemic toxicity and may create problems in ingestion.

This oil has been used traditionally for treating diabetes. Herbalists also recommend the use of fresh eucalyptus leaves in gargles and teas to sooth the sore throats and to treat sinusitis and bronchitis. The pungent, sharp aroma of the eucalyptus oil is useful for aroma therapist for relieving someone who has fainted. The leaves of the eucalyptus plant consist of volatile oils, falvonoids, tannins etc. In the end, this oil is so versatile that it can be out to many uses. From being used in perfumes to treating skin problems this oil is used for many purposes.

It is also available in many form including ointments and liquids. Its leaves are fresh, dried and in liquid extracts. Majority of the commercial syrups, cough drops and toothpaste etc. consist of this oil. Some of the common products that consist of this oil include Vicks VapoRub, Listerine and Menthol etc.

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