Eucalyptus Oil is popular for respiratory health and is often an ingredient in over-the-counter products such as cough drops/lozenges, sinus sprays and chest rubs.
The active constituent in Eucalyptus Oil is Eucalyptol, also known as 1,8 cineole, a monoterpene compound naturally produced in the leaves.
Researched extensively, there is a significant body of published scientific literature on 1,8 cineole, primarily focused on its bronchio-dilating properties and its therapeutic functionality in Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). These studies suggest 1,8 cineole has the potential to alleviate cough and intervene in the pathophysiology of airway inflammation of the mucus membrane. These processes are often associated with asthma and dyspnoea (associated with COPD).
Eucalyptus has also been reported to have anti-bacterial and antiviral properties. Research on 1,8 cineole has also revealed it can act as an antibacterial in sinus infections and potentially as an anti-viral in flu. Promising research has been published on the role of 1,8 cineole as an adjuvant to flu vaccines.
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