Eucalyptus Essential Oil

koala, koala bear, eucalyptus



There are five different species of eucalyptus essential oil. All have a slightly different strength of fragrance and usage. The radiata species gives the most potent aromatherapy effect. Globulus is a strong antibacterial agent used in commercial mouthwashes. Citriodora blends well with many other essential oils to produce an effective aromatherapy blend for respiratory problems. Dives is very strong and should not be inhaled directly. Polybractea works well in humidifers and as an insect repellent.

If your main interest is in creating your own aromatherapy blends using the delightfully fragrant eucalyptus essential oil, your best bet is the versatile citriodora. If you're looking for an great antiviral oil to ward off winter coughs and colds, use radiata.

Eucalyptus citriodora

eucalyptus, eucalyptus leaf

Botanical Family: Myrtaceae

Extraction: Steam distilled from leaves

Properties: Insect repellent, antiseptic, deodorizing,
use for fungal infections, cuts, fevers, skin sores, wounds,
shingles, sore throats, inhale for respiratory relief

Uses: Diffuse or rub into soles of feet, place a
few drops into a tissue and inhale for relief of respiratory
or sinus congestion; place a few drops into cottonballs and
keep in closets and drawers to repel moths and silverfish

Blends well with: Citrus oils, Bergamot, Geranium,
Juniper


Eucalyptus dives

myrtaceae, myrtle tree, eucalyptus

Botanical Family: Myrtaceae

Extraction: Steam distilled from leaves

Properties: This species has a different, more
specific antibacterial action than other eucalyptus
oils

Uses: Apply topically or diffuse; avoid direct inhalation


Eucalyptus globulus

Botanical Family: Myrtaceae

Extraction: Steam distilled from leaves

Properties: Antibacterial, mucolytic, antiseptic,
strong disinfecting properties; used for coughs, sinusitis,
respiratory infections, skin and throat infections;
inflammation, sores, wounds; insect repellent; adding several
drops to laundry water helps to controldust mites in
clothing and bedding. The French aromatherapist Dr. Valnet
says that a 20% solution of eucalyptus sprayed in
the air will kill 70% of airborne staph bacteria. This oil
contains eucalyptol, a key ingredient in commercial
mouthwash.


Eucalyptus polybractea

Botanical Family: Myrtaceae

Extraction: Steam distilled from leaves

Properties: Insect repellent; mucolytic, antiseptic,
anti-inflammatory

Uses: Diffuse or apply topically, use in a humidifier


Eucalyptus radiata

Botanical Family: Myrtaceae

Extraction: Steam distilled from leaves

Properties: Antibacterial, expectorant, useful for
respiratory infections; sinusitis, bronchitis, acne

Uses: Diffuse or add to humidifier; apply to soles
of feet

Blends well with: Bergamot


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