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Departments Herbal Medicine Materia Medica Eucalyptus globulus

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Eucalyptus globulus & spp (Eucalyptus)

Botanic Name Eucalyptus globulus, (Eucalyptus spp.)
Common Name Eucalyptus, Blue Gum Tree, Stringy Bark Tree (Grieve)

Tasmanian Blue Gum, Southern Blue Gum (McGuffin)

Family Myrtaceae
Parts Used Leaf (McGuffin)

The oil of the leaves (Grieve)

Habitat Australia. Now North and South Africa, India, and Southern Europe (Grieve)
Constituents Tannins up to 11% (McGuffin)

Essential Oils (alpha-pinene, p-cymene, eucalyptol) (Wohlmuth)

Actions Antimicrobial (Hoffmann)

Expectorant (Wohlmuth)

Anti-inflammatory (Wohlmuth)

Antitussive (Wohlmuth)

Anticatarrhal (Wohlmuth)

Antifungal, antibacterial (Wohlmuth)

Anesthetic (Wohlmuth)

Rubefacient (Wohlmuth)

Choleretic (Wohlmuth)

Hepatotonic (Wohlmuth)

CNS-Stimulant (Wohlmuth)

Hypotensive (Wohlmuth)

Sedative (Wohlmuth)

Applications Pulmonary Tuberculosis, and other microbic infections of the lungs (Grieve)

Bronchitis (Grieve)

Croup and spasmodic throat troubles (topically) (Grieve)

Muscular pain (RD)

Rheumatism (RD)

As an antiseptic gargle (Brockhampton)

Inhalant to clear catarrh (Brockhampton)

Scarlet Fever, Typhoid and other intermittent fevers (Brockhampton)

Body Systems Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, CNS
Dosage Use as an inhalation - No other reference found
Combinations No reference found.
C/I Cautions Contraindicated in inflammatory diseases of the bile ducts and gastrointestinal tract and in severe liver disease (McGuffin)

Do not use eucalyptus preparations on areas of the face and especially the nose in infants and young children (McGuffin)

Large doses irritate the kidneys (Grieve)

Acts as a nervous depressant ultimately arresting respiration by its action on the medullary centre (Grieve)

BHP S/I No reference found.

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Revised: May 18, 2002 .