Generic: Eucalyptus oil
treats Decongestant/expectorant, Skin ulcers, Arthritis, Dental plaque/gingivitis, Headache, Tick repellant, Smoking cessation, and Asthma
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
AIDS, alertness, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, aromatherapy, astringent, athlete's foot, back pain, bronchitis, burns, cancer prevention, cancer treatment, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cleaning solvent, croup, deodorant, diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, ear infections, emphysema, fever, flavoring, fragrance, herpes, hookworm, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, influenza, insect repellant, leukemia, liver protection, muscle/ joint pain (applied to the skin), muscle spasm, nerve pain, onychomycosis (fungal infection), pain, parasitic infection, ringworm, runny nose, scabies, shingles, sinusitis, skin infections in children, snoring, stimulant, strains/ sprains (applied to the skin), tuberculosis, urinary difficulties, urinary tract infection, whooping cough, wound healing.
Adults (18 years and older)
Application of 5% to 20% in an oil- based formulation or 5% to 10% in an alcohol- based formulation has been used. In one study, topical lemon eucalyptus extract spray (Citriodiol®) was applied daily for two weeks to the lower extremities to reduce tick attachment.
Eucalyptus oil should be taken with caution, since small amounts of oil taken by mouth have resulted in severe and deadly reactions. For eucalyptus oil, doses of 0.05 to 0.2 milliliter or 0.3 to 0.6 gram daily have been used traditionally, but may cause toxic side effects. For infusions prepared with eucalyptus leaf, a quantity of 2 to 3 grams of eucalyptus leaf in 150 milliliters of water, three times a day, has been used traditionally, but may result in toxic side effects.
Tincture with 5% to 10% eucalyptus oil or a few drops placed into a vaporizer as an inhalant have been used.
Eucalyptol (1,8- cineole) is a major chemical in eucalyptus oil, and it is used in some commercially sold mouthwashes.
Children (younger than 18 years)
Severe side effects have been reported in children after small doses of eucalyptus have been taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Eucalyptus is not recommended for use by infants and young children, especially near the face and nose.