Botanical name - Eucalyptus globulus
Eucalyptus oil comes from the oval-shaped leaves of the eucalyptus tree, which is native to Australia. The leaves are dried, crushed, and distilled to release the powerful essential oil, says Amy Galper, co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies.
The main ingredient is cineole (also known as eucalyptol), which is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and aromatic properties. Australian Aboriginals used eucalyptus as a natural remedy against wounds, infections, aches, and colds.
It has been shown to reduce:
• Pain and body aches
• Anxiety, agitation, stress, and depression
• Fatigue and insomnia
• Muscular aches
• Circulatory problems
• Menstrual problems
• Menopausal problems
• Alopecia, or hair loss
Some types of psoriasis may find relief with aromatherapy, but a healthcare professional should advise about use and application.
Digestive problems may benefit from peppermint oil, but it should not be ingested.
Tooth ache and mouth sores can be relieved by clove oil, but this, too, should only be applied topically and not swallowed.
Supporters claim that these and a wide range of other complaints respond well to aromatherapy, but not all of the uses are supported by scientific evidence.