Eucalyptus oil was at most only slightly irritant to human skin, but has provoked sensitization reactions after skin application, ingestion or inhalation. There have been many cases of human poisoning with single oral doses causing cardiovascular, central nervous system, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and (occasionally) urinary effects, and some deaths. Damage to the stomach, respiratory tract and kidney, and fluid in the chest and abdominal cavities, have been evident in a few individuals on autopsy. Eucalyptus oil was of low acute oral toxicity in rats and of low acute dermal toxicity in rabbits. It appeared to have a weak tumour-promoting action on mouse skin.

Date of Publication: 1991

Number of Pages: 9

CAS Number*: 8000-48-4

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