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Eucalyptol Properties

Cineol

This Monoterpene is a cyclic ether with a fresh, minty scent and a spicy yet cooling taste.

Uses 

Eucalyptol’s pleasant, spicy aroma and taste, is used in a variety of Products including; flavorings, fragrances, and cosmetics. Eucalyptus oil has natural antimicrobial and antiseptic properties used in household cleaning, natural pesticides and Mouthwash.

Source 

Eucalyptol is the dominant essential oil in eucalyptus trees. It is also commonly found in tea trees, basil, mugwort, rosemary, bay leaves, cannabis and Other Sources.

Metabolism 

Cineole, is used to increase blood circulation and relieve pain. It is fast acting, and able to cross the blood brain barrier faster than other cannabis terpenes. 

This positively charged terpene is able to cross the blood-brain barrier that separates the blood circulation from the cerebrospinal fluid. Its unique structure make it a potential drug delivery vehicle.

Antibacterial 

The antibacterial potential of cineole has been shown as an effective antibacterial agent; active against microorganisms in both planktonic and biofilm modes of growth. The terpene can be used as a natural remedy for infection associated with a wide range of microorganisms.

Anti-Fungal 

Cineole rich oil displays antifungals properties. Acting on a wide variety of common fungi. Further research has to be done to determine whether the activity is due to cineole or other terpene in the formulation.  

Anti-Inflammatory 

Cineole anti-inflammatory action has been used to treat various types of inflammation throughout the body including rhinosinusitis, pancreatitis, bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease. These diseases are characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract and ulcerative colitis. Eucalyptol has the potential to treat local and systemic inflammation.

Antioxidant 

Eucalyptol has demonstrated antioxidant properties and reduces the damage associated with cell oxidation and could potentially reduce aging by protecting against free radical damage.

Cancer

Recent studies demonstrated Induced cineole apoptosis, in two different types of leukemia. The studies demonstrate that eucalyptol has helped fight the growth of a type of cancer in humans. Researchers determined that treatment with eucalyptol is an effective strategy for treating colorectal cancer. Eucalyptol was not only anti-proliferative but also anti-cholesterol. Their results suggest that these effects work in unison to fight cancer. Linalool has also been shown to display these synergistic effects with cineole.

Alzheimer’s 

Alzheimer’s disease destroys memory through neuroinflammation. Studies have shown the anti-inflammatory effects of eucalyptol are strong enough to be a potential Alzheimer’s disease treatment.

Asthma

Inflammation induced asthma is common. Eucalyptol is known to be a very powerful treatment for asthma. Eucalyptol is a potential treatment for asthma and other lung inflammations. Researchers suggest multiple mechanisms as the source of eucalyptol’s anti-inflammatory properties and recommend cineole as a treatment for asthma. Therapy using cineole can lead to a noticeable improvement in lung function and health.

Tuberculosis

The effects of all the terpenes in Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil, and not just eucalyptol is considered to be weakly effective in alleviating the effects of tuberculosis. While this is not a cure, it may suggest that eucalyptus essential oil could be combined with other treatments for tuberculosis.

Insecticide

In addition to helping a wide range of health concerns, Eucalyptol has long been used as an insect repellent. eucalyptol is used to prevent potential health problems associated with pests.

Safety

While considered safe at natural concentrations, high concentration essential oil can be hazardous. 

Recommend inhalation and topical under 8.00% solution by volume.

May cause skin irritation.

The acute toxic potency of 1,8-cineole was relatively low (LD50 value = 3849 mg/kg).

It is recommended that all Safety Precautions be followed.

Chemical Properties 

Formula: C10H18O

Molar mass: 154.249 g/mol

Density: 922 kg/m³

Boiling point: 172 °C

Chemical Structure

Cineole Chemical Structure
Cineole Chemical Structure