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Eucalyptus Leaf

  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Origin: India
Eucalyptus Leaf


Common Name

Standardized: eucalyptus
Other: ribbon gum, shining gum

Botanical Name

Eucalyptus globulus Labill.
Plant Family: Myrtaceae



The eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia but naturalized to California and the Mediterranean countries. Its leathery blue-green leaves are studded with glands containing a fragrant, volatile oil. There are many species of eucalyptus trees, but the most pleasant-smelling oil is produced by Eucalyptus globulus.


The major volatile oil in eucalyptus leaf is eucalyptol, also known as 1,8-cineol. This compound is found in many other herbs in concentrations of 1 to 5%, but makes up about 70% of eucalyptus oil.

Parts Used

The leaf, its volatile oils released by steam.

Typical Preparations

Facial or hydro-steams, aromatherapy, and teas. Some uses may include encapsulation or extracts, however we have found these to be rare.


Eucalyptus oil acts on nerve receptors in the mucosa of the nose and sinuses in a way that causes release of mucus.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.