About Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
Distinguished by a crisp, clean fragrance note, Eucalyptus radiata, or narrow leaf eucalyptus, is a cooling natural support for deep and clear breathing. Rich in cineoles, it is considered the most therapeutically versatile of all eucalyptus oils. This bright, energizing nectar is organically distilled for Floracopeia from South African eucalyptus trees.
Eucalyptus radiata throughout time immemorial, has an affinity for enhancing the breath, making it suitable for topical application as well as direct inhalation supporting the whole family’s vitality and energy during challenging winter months. It is considered to be one of the more useful of the eucalyptus varieties due to its pleasant smell and good assimilation qualities. Its powerful properties make eucalyptus oil a star support for direct inhalation or in diffuser therapy whenever the children bring home mucous from school.
Cleansing and penetrating, eucalyptus oil may be used topically, diffused, or in inhalation therapy to support in clearing and energizing tired or overworked bodies. It may also be used topically or in a spritzer as an insect repellent. Eucalyptus is added to many household cleaners for good reason, just add a few drops to what you already have for a fresh clean boost in scent and efficiency!
Eucalyptus has a refreshing and stimulating action on the mind, helping to improve concentration. It is associated with the alleviation of grief and sorrow, as well as opening the heart and intellect while equalizing emotions.
Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil Profile
This bright, energizing nectar is organically distilled for Floracopeia from South African eucalyptus trees.
Which Eucalyptus Essential Oil is Best for Me?
Floracopeia is proud to offer a large selection of the highest quality eucalyptus oils sourced from diverse locations and distillers. To assist you in making your choice about which species might be the best for you, we offer the following information.
As they all have very similar therapeutic functions, all of the eucalyptus oils may be used interchangeably. They may also be blended together. The primary difference between most of the eucalypti is in their olfactory characteristics:
- Eucalyptus Dives Essential Oil: Organically cultivated in South Africa, this variety is known as "Peppermint Eucalyptus" because of the cool and bright peppermint notes that complement a strong, menthol aroma.
- Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil: Organically harvested in India, Globulus is known as the "Blue Gum Tree" due to its blue-gray leaves. This is the most common of all the Eucalyptus varieties because of its high level of eucalyptal content, the therapeutic compound found in Eucalyptus. It has a classic, intensely camphoraceous menthol aroma.
- Eucalyptus Macarthurii Essential Oil: Organically cultivated in South Africa, this "Rose-scented" eucalyptus is high in the aromatic compound geraniol, which gives it a rich and fruity, rosy/floral aroma. It has the same therapeutic benefits as the other varieties, with a unique aromatic quality.
- Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil: Organically cultivated in South Africa, this variety is also known as Narrow Leaf Eucalyptus. Its crisp, clean, and herbaceous true eucalyptus aroma is soft and sweet, with smooth camphor notes. Rich in cineoles, it is the most therapeutically versatile variety.
- Lemon-scented Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Organically harvested in India, Eucalyptus citriodara has the same therapeutic qualities as the other Eucalyptus species, but smells of fruity citronella and lemon.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil Blend: A wonderful blend of five Eucalyptus species (globulus, radiata, smithii, dives, and citriadora), specially formulated for superior therapeutic qualities.
How to Use Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
- Diffuser: Eucalyptus radiata has a cool and crisp fragrance. Diffuse it in your home daily whenever the children are congested or you want to be sure to keep the air fresh and clean. Can be blended with other oils like peppermint and conifers to increase effectiveness.
Other Ways to Use Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil can be applied topically (in at least 50-50 dilution), as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or diffuser.
- Add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to reduce pet and stale odors.
- Add several drops to ½ oz marula oil and apply as a chest rub to encourage open and clear breath.
- Massage diluted eucalyptus oil (2% eucalyptus, 98% carrier oil) to promote feelings of comfort in the body and joints.
- Inhale (direct palm) or diffuse eucalyptus oil to lift the heart. Diffuse eucalyptus oil to disinfect and repel insects.
Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil Recipes
- Easy Breathing Blend: 4 drops Eastern hemlock oil, 2 drops eucalyptus oil, 2 drops peppermint oil and 4 drops chamomile oil. Add to steaming water and inhale several times daily, or add to ½ oz unscented balm and rub on chest as needed.
- Household Cleansing Spray: 12 drops pinon pine oil, 12 drops eucalyptus, 12 drops tea tree oil and 12 drops cajeput mixed with water in an 8 oz spray bottle.
- Bug and Mosquito Spray: 8 drops lemon bush oil, 8 drops African bluegrass, 8 drops eucalyptus, 8 drops catnip oil, 4 drops peppermint oil mixed with 4 oz of distilled water in spray bottle. Shake and spray to repel bugs and soothe bites.
- Top of the Mountain Clear Breath Formula: 2 drops cedar oil, 4 drops frankincense oil, 4 drops juniper berry oil and 2 drops eucalyptus. Diffuse, or use inhalation therapy, or mix several drops in 1 oz of carrier oil and apply topically to chest.
Interesting Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil Information
There are over 900 different species of eucalyptus, of which at least 500 produce essential oils. Native to Tasmania and Australia where it is a traditional home remedy, the leaves of this tree were historically smoked to improve difficulties in breathing.
Approved as a food additive, the oil is used in the preparation of liniments, inhalants, cough syrups, toothpaste and as a pharmaceutical flavoring. It is also used in veterinary care and dentistry, and as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents and toiletries. A variety of dyes are produced from different parts of the plant.
Africans use finely powdered bark as an insect repelling dust while people from around the world use it for anything from maintaining healthy gums to relieving joint discomfort. Australian aborigines traditionally used the leaves to treat wounds. Early Australian settlers named eucalyptus globulus the ‘fever tree’ because of its efficacy in treating fevers.
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Safety Considerations for Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. People with high blood pressure and epilepsy should avoid eucalyptus oil. Excessive use of this oil may cause headaches. Do not take eucalyptus essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Odor: Camphorous, minty, sharp, pungent, herbaceous, spicy, woody undertone
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
- Blends Well With: herbaceous oils such as thyme oil, rosemary oil, and marjoram oil; tree oils such as pine oil, spruce oil, and fir oil; florals like geranium oil, and lavender oil; wood oils cedarwood oil and sandalwood oil; also melissa oil and lemon oil.
- Botanical Name: Eucalyptus radiata
- Family: Myrtaceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Origin: South Africa
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Organic
- Plant Part: Leaves, young twigs
- Color: Clear to pale yellow
- Consistency: Mobile
- Yield: 1.0% - 2.4%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)