Eucalyptus oil uses and benefits
Eucalyptus folium contains the dried leaves of older Eucalypti globulus trees. The leaves are collected after the branch has been cut down and allowed to dry in the shade. The effectiveness of the herb as an expectorant is attributed to the local irritant action of the volatile oil. Eucalyptus is available as dried herb, eucalyptus leaf, essential oil, and tea bags.
Reported uses: Eucalyptus is used internally and externally as an expectorant, and to treat infections and fevers. It’s also used topically to treat sore muscles and rheumatism. A topical combination of eucalyptus and peppermint shows promise as an analgesic.
Essential oil: Used in massage blends for sore muscles, in foot baths or saunas, steam inhalations, chest rubs, room sprays, bath blends, and air diffusions; for external use only
Hazards: Adverse reactions may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and asthma-like attacks. Enhanced effects may be noted when administered with antidiabetics. Eucalyptus oil induces detoxification enzyme systems in the liver; therefore, the oil may affect any drug that the liver metabolizes. When given with other herbs that cause hypoglycemia (basil, glucomannan, Queen Anne’s lace), decreased blood glucose levels may be observed. Patients who have had an allergic reaction to eucalyptus or its vapors should avoid use. Those who are pregnant or breast-feeding, have liver disease, or have intestinal tract inflammation should avoid use.
Safety Risk: Essential oil preparations shouldn’t be applied to a child’s face because of risk of severe bronchial spasm. Clinical considerations In form patient of potential adverse effects. Monitor patient for allergic reaction. In susceptible patients, particularly infants and children, the application of eucalyptus preparations to the face or the inhalation of vapors can exacerbate bronchospasm. Monitor blood glucose level in diabetic patients taking eucalyptus.Oral administration may cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If poisoning or overdose occurs, don’t induce vomiting. Vomiting may increase the risk of aspiration. Administer activated charcoal and treat symptomatically. Advise the patient to stop taking eucalyptus immediately and to check with health care provider if difficulty breathing, or skin rash occur. Keep away from children and pets.
The oil shouldn’t be taken internally unless it has been diluted. As little as a few drops of oil for children and 4 to 5 ml of oil for adults can cause poisoning , and cardiac and respiratory failure. Our advice is not to consume any Eucalyptus oil orally but use it externally.
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