Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus odorata) is extracted from the fresh leaves and branch tips of the Eucalyptus tree. The oil consists of volatile oils such as 1,8 cineol (over 80%), p-cymene, alpha-pinenes, limonene, geraniol, and camphene. This oil is obtained through a steam distillation process.
Eucalyptus is known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects. Eucalyptus has also been studied for effectiveness with broncitis, cough, and rheumatism. Other uses have been indicated in folk medicine.
The Eucalyptus tree is native to Australia although it is now grown in the subtropic, southern regions of Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. The tree is very distinctive with silver-gray bark and a twisted trunk.
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Cautions Orally, eucalyptus oil can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Keep out of reach of children. An accidental overdose of eucalyptus could lead to epigastric burning, nausea, dizziness, muscular weakness, constricted pupils of eyes, feeling of suffocation, cyanosis, delirium, and convulsions.