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EucalyptusNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Eucalyptus (gum tree). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Eucalyptus should not be used on children under 2 years of age and should not be ingested by children younger than 6 years of age. The internal use of Eucalyptus is discouraged during pregnancy.
Warning 2 - Insulin: Eucalyptus may alter the effectiveness of insulin.
Warning 3 - Amphetamines: This herb decreases the effects of amphetamines.
Warning 4 - Application: Do not use eucalyptus oil full-strength either by mouth or on the skin. This oil must be diluted to avoid adverse reactions. Ingesting just 3.5 mL of undiluted oil can be fatal.
Warning 5 - Children: Eucalyptus oil NOT safe for children. It should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin of children. Using eucalyptus oil on children can cause an allergic rash or hives.
Warning 6 - Oral Antidiabetics: Eucalyptus may alter the effectiveness of anti-diabetic medications.
Warning 7 - Diabetes: Initial research suggests that eucalyptus might lower blood sugar levels. The concern is that using eucalyptus while taking medications for diabetes might lower blood sugar too much. Monitor blood sugar levels closely. Some of the medications used for diabetes include:
Warning 9 - Drug/herb interactions: Ingesting eucalyptus oil along with some drugs that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of those drugs. Before ingesting eucalyptus oil, talk to your doctor if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver. Common examples of such medications include:
Warning 12 - Barbiturates: Eucalyptus may decrease the effectiveness of barbiturates.
Used as a natural health remedy: Diluted eucalyptus oil is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Diluted eucalyptus oil is used externally for:
Side Effects of EucalyptusThe known side effects of using Eucalyptus include:
Eucalyptus is known by many other names. Some of them are Blue Gum, Blue Mallee Oil, Eucalipto, Eucalypti Folium, Eucalyptol, Eucalyptol Oil, Eucalyptus blatter, Eucalyptus bicostata, Eucalyptus essential oil, Eucalyptus oil, Eucalyptus fructicetorum, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus leaf, Eucalyptus odorata, Eucalyptus oil, Eucalyptus polybractea, Eucalyptus smithii, Fever Tree, Fieberbaumblatter, Gully Gum, Gully Gum Oil, Gum Tree, Red Gum, Stringy Bark Tree, Sugandhapatra, Tailapatra, and Tasmanian Blue Gum.
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.Return to the Herb List.
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