Eucalyptus smithii is a tree native to Australia and South Africa. Still unknown to the majority of the world’s population, it is however very popular in alternative medicine. In pharmacies or parapharmacies, for example, you can find an essential oil extracted from its leaves. For the last decades, this essential oil has been used in the treatment of several diseases.

Eucalyptus smithii essential oil in biochemistry

This essence contains a high concentration in 1,8-cineole. This is the main component which accounts for 70-84% of the bioactive constituents. Other active agents are limonene, alpha-pinene, paracymene and terpinene-4-ol. It should be noted that the rate of the components is likely to vary according to the production conditions of the essential oil.

Main therapeutic indications

Eucalyptus smithii essential oil stimulates the response of the immune system in the face of various attacks. It strengthens, among other things, the anti-infective, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial activities of the body. It is also a good alternative both in preventive and curative treatment. Its main indications are ENT infections and gyneco-urinary infections.

First of all, at the level of the ENT sphere, it participates in the treatment of respiratory conditions. A distinction is made between bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, flu, otitis and the common cold. It also helps prevent winter infections.

Second, it improves the situation in case ofurinary and/or gynecological discomfort. It is particularly effective against cystitis and vaginitis.

Cosmetically, it offers a purifying property. As a result, it optimizes the care of oily skin, acne-prone skin and those prone to imperfections.

Finally, it acts as a general and nervous tonic. Note that this activity allows combat states of physical and mental exhaustion.

Usage tips

Internal use :

Internal intake should only be done under the supervision of a physician or therapist.

External use :

To take advantage of its virtues, prepare a massage oil made from a mixture of 1 drop ofeucalyptus smithii essential oil and 4 drops of vegetable oil (arnica or sweet almond). At the time of application, target painful parts and areas targeting the organs concerned. For example, the back, the solar plexus and the spine in case of fatigue. The lower abdomen for treat gyneco-urinary infections.

For the skin careintegrate 1 to 2 drops of essential oil in shower gel as well as cosmetic preparations and those intended for the bath.

In atmospheric diffusion:

1 to 2 drops of essential oil in the diffuser for a diffusion time of 20 to 30 minutes.

Mistrust of use

Eucalyptus smithii essential oil is much milder than that of other eucalyptus varieties. Its use in children over 3 years of age is therefore possible. However, a medical consultation is necessary in this case. In addition, its use in pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as in people suffering from asthma is to be avoided.

Finally, for cutaneous applications, dilution is essential in order to prevent any allergic reactions.

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