Published September 24, 1986; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Eucalypti folium, eucalyptus leaf.
Eucalyptus leaf consists of the dried, mature leaves from older trees of Eucalyptus globulus Labillardiere [Fam. Myrtaceae], as well as other preparations in effective dosage.
The leaves contain essential oil which consists mainly of 1,8-cineol and tannins.
Catarrhs of the respiratory tract.
Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and the bile ducts; serious liver diseases. Eucalyptus preparations should not be applied to the face, especially the nose, of babies and very young children.
In rare cases, after taking eucalyptus preparations nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur.
Note: Eucalyptus oil induces the enzyme system of the liver involved in the detoxification process. Therefore, the effects of other drugs can be weakened and/or shortened.
Average daily dosage:
4 - 6 g of leaf; equivalent preparations. Tincture (according to Erg. B. 6):
Daily dosage 3 - 9 g. Mode of Administration Chopped leaf for infusions and other galenical preparations for internal and external application.