When was eucalyptus oil first used for medicinal purposes?
Commercial extraction started in 1851 in Australia.
How many different eucalyptus species are there?
There are over 500 species, of which only about 10 species are used for oil extraction purposes.
Why does eucalyptus oil help clear blocked sinuses?
Eucalyptus oil acts on the receptors in the nasal mucosa, which helps to alleviate nasal congestion.
What is the most common use of medicinal eucalyptus oil?
Eucalyptus oil is widely used for the relief of cold and flu symptoms. It is a unique product having antiseptic properties and the power to clear nasal passages and bronchial tubes making it easier to breathe.
What are the other uses of eucalyptus oil?
Saunas, vaporizes, muscle aches, laundry additive, cleaning , deodorizing etc etc.
Can eucalyptus oil help with poor circulation?
Yes, eucalyptus oil causes the nerves around the blood vessels to relax causing the vessels to return to their normal size. This improves circulation and contributes to better health.
Can we use eucalyptus oil on our pets?
Yes, but please note that cats and dogs have an acute sense of smell. Therefore use minimal amounts. Add half a teaspoon of eucalyptus oil to a large tub of water, when washing pets or their blankets.
How is eucalyptus oil used in industry?
Eucalyptus oil is most commonly used as an active ingredient in cough lozenges, inhalation sprays, gargles, mouth washes, toothpastes, balms, ointments, liniments, hair care products and soaps.
Who should NOT use eucalyptus oil?
Young children (under the age of 7), pregnant woman or woman who are breastfeeding, and anyone with low blood pressure, kidney problems, stomach problems, liver disorders, diabetics.
What should you do if accidentally ingested?
Do not induce vomiting. Give a glass of water and seek medical attention immediately.
What if eucalyptus oil gets into eyes or mucous membranes?
Avoid direct contact. Wash thoroughly with cold water if accidental exposure occurs.
How long before eucalyptus oil expires?
If stored correctly (glass amber bottle, away from direct light and heat) then eucalyptus oil is very stable and will last for at least 24 months.
Is eucalyptus oil flammable?
Yes, please store away from direct heat and open flames.