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Ashlí Miréla
BCompMed. mFENACO/Naturopath. S.E.N (SANC). DipNut. DipAdv DTM. DipArom. YTTC

Probably one of the bestselling essential oils in the world and a must-have for every medicine cabinet. Popularly used in steam applications for its ability to expand the lungs, reduce congestion, and ease sinuses, and it is also a marvellous wound healer.

Eucalyptus oils history.

Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia and are commonly associated with koala bears, that survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves.  This oil has been touted as the “cure-all” medicine by the native indigenous population of Australia and the eucalyptus tree was harvested and adapted for many uses, with over 700 varieties of eucalyptus existing. Many of these have been used for a variety of arts & crafts, fuel usage, paper making and fighting malaria. In the mid 19th century, Baron Ferdinand von Muller discovered the first major use of eucalyptus was as an antiseptic and succeeded in introducing it into the south of Europe, North & South Africa, California and the extratropical portions of South America. In 1955 the French government sent the seeds to Algeria to convert swamps riddled with malaria into dry healthy soil. During World War 1 the oil was very popular when it suppressed an outbreak of meningitis during the influenza epidemic in 1919.

Uses of Eucalyptus oil.

Eucalyptus oil is best known for…


Botanical name: Eucalyptus globulus

Origin: Native to Tasmania and Australia. Mainly cultivated in Spain and Portugal, South Africa China and Russia.

Aroma characteristics: Menthol, sharp, piercing and penetrating aroma with a woody undertone.

Therapeutic properties

• analgesic  • anti-rheumatic  • antiseptic  • antiviral  • bactericidal  • decongestant  • depurative  • diuretic

• expectorant  • febrifuge  • rubefacient  • stimulant  • vulnerary

Therapeutic uses

All the essential oils highlighted in this column are available at The Emporium of the Enchanted Forest (inside the VaVa Yoga Studio), and you can explore our Apothecary and discuss any questions you may have with me, Ashlí.


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