What other names is Eucalyptus known by?
Blue Gum, Blue Mallee, Blue Mallee Oil, Eucalipto, Eucalypti Folium, Eucalyptol, Eucalyptol Oil, Eucalyptus blatter, Eucalyptus bicostata, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Eucalyptus fructicetorum, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus Leaf, Eucalyptus odorata, Eucalyptus Oil, Eucalyptus polybractea, Eucalyptus smithii, Fever
Tree, Fieberbaumblatter, Gully Gum, Gully Gum Oil, Gum Tree, Huile Essentielle d'Eucalyptus, Huile d'Eucalyptol, Huile d'Eucalyptus, Red Gum, Stringy Bark Tree, Sugandhapatra, Tailapatra, Tasmanian Blue Gum.
What is Eucalyptus?
Eucalyptus is a tree. The dried leaves and oil are used to make medicine. Though eucalyptus is used medicinally for many purposes, there isn't enough scientific evidence so far to rate it as effective for any of them.
Eucalyptus leaf is used for infections, fever
, upset stomach
, and to help loosen coughs
. The leaf is also used for treating respiratory tract infections, whooping cough
, pulmonary tuberculosis
, joint pain
, wounds, poorly healing ulcers, burns
, bacterial dysentery, ringworms, liver
and gallbladder problems, loss of appetite
, and cancer
Eucalyptus oil should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin full-strength. It must be diluted for safety. The diluted oil is taken by mouth for pain
and swelling (inflammation) of respiratory tract mucous membranes, coughs, bronchitis
, sinus pain
and inflammation, asthma
, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
), and respiratory infections. It is also used as an expectorant
to loosen coughs, antiseptic, fever reducer
, and in vaporizer fluids. Other uses include treatment of wounds, burns, ulcers, and cancer
Diluted eucalyptus oil is applied directly to the skin for pain and swelling of respiratory tract mucous membranes, joint pain, genital herpes
, and nasal stuffiness. It is also used as an insect repellent.
In dentistry, eucalyptus oil is included in products used as sealers and solvents for root canal fillings
In foods, dried eucalyptus leaf is used as a flavoring agent.
In manufacturing, eucalyptus oil is used as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetics
. It is also used as a mouthwash, antiseptic, liniment and ointment, and in toothpaste
drops, and lozenges.
Possibly Effective for...
- Bronchitis. Some research shows that taking a specific combination product containing eucalyptol, a chemical found in eucalyptus oil, and extracts of pine and lime by mouth for at least 2 weeks improves symptoms and reduces flare-ups in people with bronchitis.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Arthritis. Early research suggests that aromatherapy with a combination of eucalyptus oil, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint oils might reduce pain and depression in people with arthritis.
- Asthma. Early research suggests that eucalyptol, a chemical found in eucalyptus oil, might be able to break up mucous in people with asthma. Some people with severe asthma have been able to lower their dosage of steroid medications if they take eucalyptol. But don't try this without your healthcare provider's advice and monitoring.
- Dental plaque. Early research suggests that chewing gum containing 0.3% eucalyptus extract might reduce dental plaque in some people.
- Headache. Early research suggests that applying a combination product containing eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, and ethanol to the head does not reduce pain in people with headaches. However, the product might help people with headaches relax and think better.
- Stuffy nose.
- Bleeding gums.
- Bladder diseases.
- Liver and gallbladder problems.
- Loss of appetite.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of eucalyptus for these uses.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).