Last update: July 2, 2015


High Risk for breastfeeding

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully.
Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T ½ (elimination half-lives).
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On last update no relevant published data on breastfeeding were found.

Because of essential oil toxicity its use is not recommended except with of an occasional and moderate manner. Produces a change in odour and flavour of milk that may cause rejection by the infant.

When topically used it is safe while breastfeeding provided it is not applied on the nipple.

Leaves of tree are used. Contains essential oil (Eucalyptol), tannins, terpenes, flavonoids, phenolic acids.

Suggested properties (not clinically tested): Expectorant, Mucolytic, Anti-septic.

Eucalyptol is neurotoxic and may induce seizures. An over-dosing is potentially lethal.

Not indicated for children under 4 years old.


We do not have alternatives for Eucalyptus.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Eucalyptus is also known as

Eucalyptus in other languages or writings:


Eucalyptus belongs to these groups or families:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Eucalyptus in its composition:


  1. Kirsch F, Beauchamp J, Buettner A. Time-dependent aroma changes in breast milk after oral intake of a pharmacological preparation containing 1,8-cineole. Clin Nutr. 2012 Abstract
  2. Waldman W, Barwina M, Sein Anand J. [Accidental intoxication with eucalyptus oil--a case report]. Przegl Lek. 2011 Abstract
  3. Cal K, Sopala M. Ex vivo skin absorption of terpenes from Vicks VapoRub ointment. Med Sci Monit. 2008 Abstract
  4. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume 2. WHO monographs. 1999 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. Burkhard PR, Burkhardt K, Haenggeli CA, Landis T. Plant-induced seizures: reappearance of an old problem. J Neurol. 1999 Abstract
  6. Darben T, Cominos B, Lee CT. Topical eucalyptus oil poisoning. Australas J Dermatol. 1998 Abstract
  7. Webb NJ, Pitt WR. Eucalyptus oil poisoning in childhood: 41 cases in south-east Queensland. J Paediatr Child Health. 1993 Abstract
  8. Patel S, Wiggins J. Eucalyptus oil poisoning. Arch Dis Child. 1980 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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