Eucalyptus globulus Labill (Organic Portuguese Blue Gum) Essential Oil
- Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globulus Labill.
- Origin: Portugal
- Process: Steam Distilled Essential Oil
- Plant Part: Leaves
- Cultivation: Certified Organic (USDA, NOP)
- Use: Aromatherapy / Natural Perfumery. Always dilute.
- Note: Top Note
- Aroma Family: Medicinal
- Aroma: Gentle yet penetrating, refreshing, softly medicinal/cineolic aroma, with sweet, green, camphoraceous notes.
- Contraindications: Avoid use on or near the face of infants or children under age ten; please see Safety Considerations below.
- Safety Considerations: Because of E. globulus oil’s high cineole content, using large amounts should be avoided (can cause respiratory irritation, slurred speech, convulsions, coma) and should be used with care for those with asthma; it should not be applied on or near the face of infants or children under age ten. We also recommend avoiding use of this oil with elders, epileptics, pregnant and/or nursing women. In general, Eucalyptus - Narrow Leaf is preferred for sensitive individuals and children.* Tisserand recommends a maximum dermal use level of up to 20%.9 However, we recommend a much lower maximum dermal use level of 5-10%. Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
*The primary constituent in Eucalyptus Narrow Leaf (E. radiata) is 1,8-cineole, a potent and volatile oxide. The safety issue with E. globulus is due to the other highly volatile constituents that intensify 1,8-cineole, whereas E. radiata has percentages of moderately volatile and extremely gentle constituents that mediate the intensity of 1,8-cineole. All essential oils represent complex synergies, not isolated molecules. For this reason, Eucalyptus Narrow Leaf is preferred for sensitive individuals and children.
Organic Portuguese Blue Gum Eucalyptus Essential oil
Our extraordinary organic Blue Gum Eucalyptus essential oil is gently penetrating and has one of the finest Eucalyptus scents we have ever experienced. This particular offering inspired our aromatherapist to rediscover the common and ubiquitous Blue Gum, describing it as the “authentic and breathtaking aroma rising from a Eucalyptus forest on a warm, humid day.” Its aroma is refreshing, softly medicinal/cineolic, with sweet, green, camphoraceous notes – an excellent choice for providing lift, diffusion and very high aspects in top note accords. It is especially beneficial for the respiratory system and it is particularly suited for diffusion in the air. Vigorous and prolific, E. globulus is an important and certainly the most well-known of all the Eucalyptus essential oils distilled from the more than 700 Eucalyptus species growing throughout the world.1,2
For hundreds of years, the Aborigines of Australia have used the leaves of Eucalyptus for their antiseptic and healing actions.3 In the mid-1800s, groves of Eucalyptus trees were planted in one of the most swampy and unhealthy districts of Algiers, North Africa – a brilliant botanical strategy – to halt the spread of malaria. The trees required large amounts of water to thrive, thus lowering the water table and eliminating breeding habitat for malaria-carrying mosquitoes as well as repelling these insects with the aroma exhaled from the leaves.4,5
Energy and air is what Blue Gum Eucalyptus expresses so flamboyantly – its towering height and robust growth in inhospitable terrain provide an abundant source of sturdy renewable lumber as well as a commercially important ingredient in both pharmaceutical and home remedies. Due to the ultra-high concentration of essential oils present in the leaves, these trees present a severe fire hazard, turning into explosive aromatic torches. This is tragically beautiful to observe, but serves as a potent reminder of the volatile nature and concentrated power of essential oils.
For information regarding the aromatherapeutic attributes of Blue Gum Eucalyptus essential oil, please see:
- L'Aromathéerapie Exactement, Pierre Franchomme and Dr. Daniel Pénoël, 1990, p. 351.
- Essential Oils – A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2012, pp. 187-9.
- Aromatherapeutic Blending: Essential Oils in Synergy, Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2016, pp. 210-11.
- The Art of Aromatherapy, Robert Tisserand, 1977, pp. 218-22.
- The Practice of Aromatherapy, Jean Valnet, M.D., 1980, pp. 122-4.
- Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 2nd ed., Shirley and Len Price, 1999, pp. 324-5.
- Medical Aromatherapy – Healing with Essential Oils, Kurt Schnaubelt, 1999, pp. 228-9.
- Aromatherapy – An A-Z, Patricia Davis, 1988, pp. 113-5.
- "Immune-Modifying and Antimicrobial Effects of Eucalyptus Oil and Simple Inhalation Devices," AE Sadlon and DW Lamson, Alternative Medicine Review, 2010, 15(10): 33-47, http://altmedrev.com/archive/publications/15/1/33.pdf