Eucalyptus is a richly aromatic medicinal tree originating in the Australian continent. Indigenous healers have used eucalyptus for hundreds of years to treat dozens of conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, pain, tooth decay, fever and flu. Today, eucalyptus remains a core component of global, modern integrative medicine.
If you are interested in using eucalyptus or eucalyptus oil, select a dose based on your intended use for the product and the form of the plant that you are using. Consult your health care provider before using any dose of eucalyptus.
Here are the dosing guidelines for eucalyptus, as recommended by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Eucalyptus Tea Dose
To make eucalyptus tea, use a dose of one quarter to on half-teaspoon of dried eucalyptus leaf. Pour one eight-ounce cup of boiling water over this eucalyptus dose, and steep it for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat this up to three times per day until your symptoms abate.
Eucalyptus Tincture Dose
Tinctures are highly concentrated herbal extracts made from very high-proof alcohol. Tinctures made from eucalyptus leaf are extremely potent, so very low doses are usually sufficient to combat disease symptoms. Take ten to thirty drops of eucalyptus tincture once daily.
Eucalyptol is the primary active constituent in eucalyptus oil, and it can be extremely toxic when it is taken in excessive amounts. Limit your intake of eucalyptol to prevent serious side effects– a little goes a long way. Take a eucalyptol dose of 0.05 to 0.2 milliliters, or 1-2 drops, daily. Dilute this dose in a cup of boiling water before ingesting it.
Topical Eucalyptus Oil Dose
To use eucalyptus oil topically, either as a decongestant or a component of aromatherapy, dilute one half-milliliter or one milliliter– or 15-30 drops– of eucalyptus oil in one half-cup of a carrier oil, such as almond oil, sesame oil or olive oil. Apply this combination directly to the skin
Eucalyptus Oil Dose for Inhalation
To inhale eucalyptus oil, blend 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil in two cups of boiling water, then directly inhale the steam. You can also add 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil to a humidifier or steam-distiller to accomplish the same medicinal effect.
Eucalyptus Doses for Children
There is no dose of eucalyptus which has been proven to be safe or effective for children. In fact, young children under two years of age can experience serious problems from eucalyptus. You can generally use an adult-strength dose of eucalyptus for children over 14 years of age, but caution is critical for young children.
Give children products containing eucalyptus, such as cough drops and medicinal salves, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Most of these are recommended only for use in children over 6 years of age, due to the potential for toxicity. Consult your child’s pediatrician for dosing guidelines regarding other eucalyptus products.