Eucalyptus Blue Gum Essential Oil is the most well-known of the many Eucalyptus varieties grown around the world, especially for its decongestant, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory properties. With a classic fresh and camphoraceous aroma, Eucalyptus Blue Gum Essential Oil has applications for a multitude of therapeutic purposes.
The indigenous Tasmanian people have used Eucalyptus throughout history to heal cuts, colds, infections, and more. According to old English folklore, an early English settler nearly cut off his thumb with an axe but was saved by his father, who used his knowledge of Aboriginal folk medicine to apply a bandage of eucalyptus leaves around the cut. By 1962, the Eucalyptus Blue Gum became the floral emblem of Tasmania to honour its history.
The Eucalyptus globulus tree is a tall tree that is native to and widely cultivated in Australia. Eucalyptus Blue Gum essential oil is steam extracted from the fresh or partially dried leaves and young twigs of the tree. This species actually belongs to the same family, Myrtacae, as the Tea Tree, and has extensive root systems that act as reservoirs for moisture and nutrients.
Eucalyptus Blue Gum essential oil is a pale yellow oil that offers a sharp, fresh, and distinctive aroma. It is very popular as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and more! However, given the potency of its main chemical components, this oil should not be used with children or those with high blood pressure or epilepsy.
Physically, Eucalyptus Blue Gum oil can fight bacteria, alleviate respiratory discomfort, and soothe tired muscles. Asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia can all be treated with a simple blend of Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils. Eucalyptus essential oil is also valuable in fighting headaches and fevers since it has a soothing and calming effect on the body.