Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:
- Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Decongestant, Deodorant, Diuretic, Expectorant
- Cineol vapor on the nasal passages allows for easier and deeper breathing
- Cleansing in spaces of conflict and negative energy – “restores vitality and positive outlook”
- “gives us, inwardly, ‘room to breathe’”
From The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide1:
- Tonic and regulating properties
- Can be used as a cooling compress to relieve fever, aches, and pains
- Provides powerful respiratory support and expectorant properties
Eucalyptus in Research
Eucalyptol (1,8-cineol) is one of the most common and most therapeutic compounds found in essential oils. Named after eucalyptus, it is one of the primary components of eucalyptus oil, making up over 80% of both varieties of the eucalyptus oils we carry. Eucalyptol has been extensively studied in scientific research and has been reported to have strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-blocking)3, antimicrobial4, antioxidant5, anti-ulcer6, and asthma relieving properties7,8.
Summary of Research Studies
- Eucalyptol had significant anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-blocking), and sedative effects in mice.3
- Eucalyptus essential oil has been reported to have anti-microbial, fungicidal, insecticidal/insect repellent, herbicidal, acaricidal and nematocidal activities and has been proposed as an effective natural alternative to traditional pesticides.4
- Both the eucalyptus radiata and globulus varieties showed significant antioxidant and antibacterial activity in vitro.5
- Cineol (eucalyptol) administered to rats significantly decreased the formation and severity of ulcers in the colon, confirming "the anti-inflammatory action of 1,8-cineole and [suggesting] its potential value as a dietary flavoring agent in the prevention of gastrointestinal inflammation and ulceration."6
- Application of eucalyptol to human cell culture showed a significant decrease in the production of cell-signaling proteins that cause inflammation airway mucus hypersecretion. The authors suggest that this is evidence that eucalyptol may have a role as a "long-term treatment to reduce exacerbations in asthma, sinusitis, and COPD."7
- In a clinical trial with patients with steroid-dependent bronchial asthma, daily doses of eucalyptol led to a significant decrease in the patients' dependency on the steroid prednisone to treat their asthma symptoms.8
Externally non-toxic and when in water dilution Eucalyptus oil is a non-sensitizing non-irritant. NOT FOR INTERNAL USE; ingestion of as little as 3.1oz has been reported fatal. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, consultation with a physician is recommended.
1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
2 Stiles, K. G. The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy. Page Street Publishing, 2017.
3 Santos, F. A. & Rao, V. S. N. “Anti-inflammatory and Antinociceptive Effects of 1,8-Cineole a Terpenoid Oxide Present in Many Plant Essential Oils.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 14, no. 4, June 2000, pp. 240–244., doi:10.1002/1099-1573(200006)14:43.0.co;2-x.
4 Batish, Daizy R., et al. “Eucalyptus Essential Oil as a Natural Pesticide.” Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 256, no. 12, 10 Dec. 2008, pp. 2166–2174., doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2008.08.008.
5 Luís, Ângelo, et al. “Chemical Composition, Antioxidant, Antibacterial and Anti-Quorum Sensing Activities of Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oils.” Industrial Crops and Products, vol. 79, Jan. 2016, pp. 274–282., doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.10.055.
6 Santos, F. “1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol), a Monoterpene Oxide Attenuates the Colonic Damage in Rats on Acute TNBS-Colitis.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 42, no. 4, 2004, pp. 579–584., doi:10.1016/j.fct.2003.11.001.
7 Juergens, Uwe R., et al. “Inhibitory Activity of 1,8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) on Cytokine Production in Cultured Human Lymphocytes and Monocytes.” Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, vol. 17, no. 5, 2004, pp. 281–287., doi:10.1016/j.pupt.2004.06.002.
8 Juergens, U. R., et al. “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of 1.8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) in Bronchial Asthma: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial.” Respiratory Medicine, vol. 97, no. 3, 2003, pp. 250–256., doi:10.1053/rmed.2003.1432.