Eucalyptus Peppermint Essential Oil
Eucalyptus, peppermint (Eucalyptus dives)
INGREDIENT IN: LeAway
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-catarrhal, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, expectorant, mucolytic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgia, decongestant, diuretic, febrifuge, calming
AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system, muscular system, spleen meridian, triple warmer meridian, lung meridian, circulation, yin energy
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
PLANT FAMILY: Myrtaceae
PART UTILIZED: leaves
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: This essential oil combines the aromas of eucalyptus and peppermint, just as the name implies. As it dries or hangs in the air, it develops a balsamic, woody undertone that is centering and calming. If I am going to diffuse a eucalyptus, this is my first choice.
APPLICATION: Use this oil exactly as you would other varieties of eucalyptus.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: The emotional qualities of all eucalyptus varieties are similar. This variety, with its slight peppermint aroma, seems to be more calming than the others.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Eucalyptus peppermint encourages deep, slow breaths that aid bronchial dilation when inflammation or fluids are present. This essential oil encourages circulation and eases muscular pain and tightness. This is an appropriate eucalyptus to use in athletic massage oils. Eucalyptus peppermint has a very strong and specific antiseptic action. It really targets and eliminates bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Many people find it useful and quite pleasant as an insect repellent.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Eucalyptus peppermint is lower in ecualyptol content but higher in menthols. These differences in constituents make this eucalyptus slightly less caustic for skin applications but still excellent for the treatment of respiratory ailments. This eucalyptus is sometimes referred to as peppermint eucalyptus or broad-leafed peppermint.
CAUTIONS: All eucalyptus varieties can be caustic to the skin if used undiluted.
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