Peppermint Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Dives) comes from Australia and Brazil and is obtained through steam distillation of the leaves. This is the peppermint eucalyptus which has a menthol fragrance reminiscent of all things minty. This is a medium sized eucalyptus tree with a short trunk, spreading branches and a fibrous grey bark. The young leaves are blue and heart-shaped; the mature leaves are very aromatic, thick and tapering at both ends.
Traditionally the aborigines used the burning leaves in the form of fumigation for the relief of fever. In a light rain, the air is clear and breathable thanks to these wonderfully fragrant trees.
How Can Peppermint Eucalyptus Help Us Today?
This particular eucalyptus has mucolytic, diuretic and antibacterial properties. It is used for hypertension and for throat and lung infections and inhaled for sinus and bronchial infections. The main effects of this particular eucalyptus though are mucolytic in that they help to liquefy thick mucus. Eucalyptus dives (peppermint eucalyptus) can be diluted one part essential oil with one part mixing oil. It can also be diffused. Eucalyptus dives is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. This oil should NOT be taken internally–it is best used by rubbing on the body or inhaling.
Want to learn more about the healing properties of Eucalyptus dives and other essential oils? Consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit. The Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy teaches classes through the United States on aromatherapy and energy healing.
Linda L. Smith has an extensive background in nursing, energy healing, holistic nursing, aromatherapy, and spiritual healing. She is the author of several books on healing and aromatherapy. Linda is the creator and president of the Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy, Inc., a program dedicated to helping to restore healing to Christianity. She is a prolific writer and teacher and has taught over 500 workshops on healing in the past fifteen years across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. She holds credentials in holistic nursing, Healing Touch, and Aromatherapy.