The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globulus

Common Names and Synonyms: Blue Gum, Fever Tree

Background: The eucalyptus tree is one of the tallest in the world growing to over 250 feet.  Eucalyptus oil is used by herbalists as an aromatic for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. The oil, distilled from the leaves and twigs, is antiseptic and antiviral and has a scent of balsamic camphor.

Eucalyptus in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended eucalyptus as an ingredient in inhalant formulas intended for all manner of respiratory ailments.
  • Eucalyptus was typically recommended with other substances in a compound.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with eucalyptus were as follows:
      Turpentine or Oil of Turp 325 readings
      Benzoin 242 readings
      Tolu 217 readings
      Creosote 146 readings
      Canadian Balsam  124 readings
      Benzosol 103 readings
      Heroin 50 readings
      Pine Needle Oil 29 readings
      Camphor 21 readings
      Sassafras 15 readings
Cayce Quotes on Eucalyptus

    But in the room where there is the taking in of the breath, let there be the fumes breathed into the body from a croup cup or a kettle boiling.  Into a gallon of the boiling water (or this proportion, whether using the kettle or the croup cup), put a teaspoonful of a solution made from equal parts of Tincture or Oil of Eucalyptus and Oil of Pine Needles. With this boiled in the room, the air then becomes such that when breathed it will make for a purifying of the tissue through the nostril, through the mouth, through the throat and into the lungs themselves.  For these, then, will coordinate together.

(Q)  Should the vapors from the Oil of Pine Needles and Eucalyptus be kept in the room constantly, or occasionally?
(A)  WELL that these be kept, not too much of same all the time.  For the fumes of Pine and Eucalyptus are HEALING, as well as non-irritating to the lung and throat.

    At those periods when there is the tendency for cold, or for the aching through the face and antrum, we would use an inhalant, prepared in this way and manner; not as a spray but inhaling the fumes of same:
    To four ounces of Pure Grain Alcohol, add - IN THE ORDER NAMED:

                  Oil of Eucalyptus........................20 minims,
                  Compound Tincture of Benzoin.............15 minims,
                  Oil of Turp...............................5 minims,
                  Tolu in Solution.........................30 minims.

    Put this compound in a container at least twice the size of the quantity, or an 8 ounce bottle, preferably colored, and having a large mouth through which there would be two entrances through the cork to the vacuum above the solution.  The two small vents would also be corked, except when being used.  Shake the solution well when ready to inhale, removing one cork and opening the other so that it may be inhaled as one would a cigarette or a deep breath through the nostrils, and into the mouth.  This acts as an antiseptic, also alleviating those conditions as will be eliminated from the   areas by the use of the compound to be massaged, and also the massage along the spine, given after the abdominal treatments indicated.

    Then we would have prepared for this body this character of inhalant, which will work with the activities of the organs for purifying those areas through which sensory influences are at times clogged.  Thus we would prepare as this:  Take at least a six ounce large-mouth bottle.  In this we would prepare two vents.  These are not to enter the solution.  The vents should be so that they may be corked when not in use. Then add these in the solution, put them in the order named:

                  Grain alcohol (at least 90% proof)...........4 ounces,
                  Oil of Eucalyptus...........................20 minims,
                  Rectified Oil of Turp........................5 minims,
                  Rectified Creosote...........................2 minims,
                  Compound Tincture of Benzoin................15 minims,
                  Tolu in Solution............................20 minims.

    When this is to be used, and use it on arising of a morning and before retiring of evening, shake the solution together.  Then inhale deep through the nostril, either side of same, about twice.  Then in the throat once.  These will act as purifiers and also will assist the body-functionings as each of these have their effect upon the activity of the organs themselves.  The lungs, the activities of the eucalyptus and the activity from the Tolu are to clarify or purify the lung tissue itself.  The activity of the Turpentine is to act upon kidneys and liver for the assisting in tuning or toning the activity with organs for better eliminations through the system, while the other ingredients as they act upon the mucous membranes give better actions through the lymph circulation in the body-forces.


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