Eucalyptus globulus species (polybraceta blue strain). A Spanish eucalyptus whose quality is reflected in its aroma and high eucalyptol (cineol – 1.8) content, proven by GLC analysis. The oil has typically penetrating, camphoraceous, woody-sweet scent.
A powerful antiseptic and expectorant and therefore a classic winter remedy. Often found in an after-sport rub as it is cooling to the skin but warming to the muscles. It has a reputation for ‘opening people up’ to make them more receptive to other oils.
Methods of use: Bath, massage, vaporisation and as a disinfectant
Cautions: Contra-indicated homeopathic remedies – Use a low dilution in the bath – May irritate sensitive skins – Eucalyptus smithii is a better choice for children than the other types of Eucalyptus.