Last update Aug. 26, 2021

Eucalyptus

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T ½ (elimination half-lives). Read the Comment.

Leaves of tree are used. Contains essential oil (Eucalyptol or 1,8-cineol), tannins, terpenes, flavonoids, phenolic acids.
Suggested properties (not clinically tested): Expectorant, Mucolytic, Anti-septic.

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.

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

Not indicated for children under 30 months old.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Eucalyptus in its composition:

References

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  2. Hale TW. Medications & Mothers' Milk. 1991- . Springer Publishing Company. Available from https://www.halesmeds.com Consulted on March 17, 2022 Full text (link to original source)
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  4. Debong MW, Loos HM. Diet-Induced Flavor Changes in Human Milk: Update and Perspectives. J Agric Food Chem. 2020 Sep 23;68(38):10275-10280. Abstract
  5. Spahn JM, Callahan EH, Spill MK, Wong YP, Benjamin-Neelon SE, Birch L, Black MM, Cook JT, Faith MS, Mennella JA, Casavale KO. Influence of maternal diet on flavor transfer to amniotic fluid and breast milk and children's responses: a systematic review. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Mar 1;109(Suppl_7):1003S-1026S. Abstract
  6. EMA. Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) Community herbal monograph on Eucalyptus globulus Labill., Eucalyptus polybractea R.T. Baker and/or Eucalyptus smithii R.T. Baker, aetheroleum. 2014 Full text (in our servers)
  7. 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
  8. Waldman W, Barwina M, Sein Anand J. [Accidental intoxication with eucalyptus oil--a case report]. Przegl Lek. 2011 Abstract
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  15. 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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