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This Or That: What's The Difference Between Eucalyptus Essential Oils?

by Edens Garden February 08, 2018

This Or That: What's The Difference Between Eucalyptus Essential Oils?

Out of the 700 plus species of Eucalyptus found in Australia alone, Edens Garden offers three of the most popular in aromatherapy. It’s an oil that’s popular for a variety of reasons - one reason being its aroma. Even those who aren't familiar with Eucalyptus essential oil have probably experienced its sharp, medicinal aroma, made popular by vapor rub and cold salve brands.

At Edens Garden, we started out with only one type of Eucalyptus oil but decided to offer more of a selection as we fell in love with this captivating oil. So how do you choose just one?

Benefits Of Eucalyptus

The therapeutic benefits ofEucalyptus Globulus,Eucalyptus Radiata, andEucalyptus Smithii are quite similar. All three oils are high in 1,8- cineole, with varying monoterpenes. For example, our current batch of Eucalyptus Globulus is high in 1,8- cineole, with significant amounts limonene, whereas Eucalyptus Radiata is high in 1,8- cineole with significant amounts of terpineol.

These constituents lend our Eucalyptus oils to being excellent at supporting respiratory issues. 1,8- cineole also lends astringent properties to Eucalyptus, making it an aid to oily skin and acne. What’s more, this oil may be effective in soothing muscle aches and inflammation. And to top it off, the cool and refreshing aroma of Eucalyptus has been known to boost energy and relieve headaches.

What's the Difference?

The difference in our Eucalyptus oils really comes down to their aromas. We had numerous requests from customers wanting Eucalyptus Radiata for its aroma alone, and being lovers of the clean, classic scent of Eucalyptus, we simply could not resist but to offer this variety along with Eucalyptus Globulus, which we had originally been offering. Eucalyptus Smithii, on the other hand, is a stand-alone, in that it contains more constituents which lend it to have a complicated yet enticing Eucalyptus aroma.

In general, Eucalyptus Globulus is the most popular of the Eucalyptus oils in aromatherapy because of its high cineole content and traditional Eucalyptus aroma. Its aroma is strong, sharp, medicinal and fresh with green, almost sour notes. Those seeking a well-known, traditional Eucalyptus scent will not be disappointed with Eucalyptus Globulus.

Those searching for a Eucalyptus with a softer punch may be partial to Eucalyptus Radiata. Its aroma is sweeter, fruity, with citrus notes, but still true to the classic aroma of Eucalyptus. It’s an oil with more pop than zing, and for this reason, we love it.

On the other hand, Eucalyptus Smithii characteristically has less 1,8- cineole, making it less aggressive. Its medicinal aroma is the cornerstone of its scent, but what makes it unique from other Eucalyptus oils is its spicy, earthy, woodsy character. Experiencing all three oils back to back, it is easy to understand that Eucalyptus Smithii is quite different from its counterparts, and why Edens Garden is proud to have it added to our collection.

For those who’ve tried our Eucalyptus’, what’s your preference? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Edens Garden

April 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Hi Minnie! When it comes to pests, applying essential oil to cotton balls and placing them around your home where the pests frequent or can enter the home, such as around windows or in corners.


April 7, 2020 at 1:10 pm

Hello, I’m having a problem with Hobo spiders. I’ve read that they are not fond of Eucalyptus, Lemon or peppermint. I love all these scents but am a bit sensitive to strong smells. I have a defuser in my room which is the area of my home I dont wish to share with them. I’m also interested in a spray. What do you recomend? Thank you

Edens Garden

March 20, 2020 at 3:28 pm

Hi Jann! Yes, you can use either eucalyptus. We also offer a comparable blend called Fighting Five: https://www.edensgarden.com/products/fighting-five


March 20, 2020 at 3:23 pm

I’m making a recipe called thieves blend. It calls for eucalyptus globulus. I have eucalyptus radiata and eucalyptus blue. Could I use either one of those in place of globulus? I definitely want it to have the same anti-viral/bacterial effects and the smell is nice too.


February 12, 2020 at 7:51 am

I prefer the one you do not provide! Eucalyptus Dives.

Edens Garden

January 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Hi Vicki! Our Eucalyptus oils are not comparable to Eucalyptus Dives, unfortunately. Perhaps something we will look into offering in the future!

vicki c. magee

January 13, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Which of these is closest to the scent of Eucalyptus Dives? A friend has a blend with this in it and I love it.


January 13, 2020 at 12:56 pm

Thank you. Using the information you provided and an additional searches about “terpineol”, it led me to choose Radiata for its insect repellent qualities. The other two are good for inflammation or folks that just want a refreshing scent.

Edens Garden

January 2, 2020 at 8:27 am

Hi Kristi! You could use any one of our Eucalyptus oils for this purpose. We recommend browsing customer reviews when choosing between the three.


January 2, 2020 at 8:26 am

Hi there! I am looking to make a shower spray to help with my sinuses. Which one would be the best oil to use for this?

Carolyn Taylor

September 6, 2019 at 8:19 am

During a holiday my daughter purchased me her mother a set of your essential oil …… oh and I so loved it but could not find it anywhere.
Now I have found you and thank thank thank you.

Edens Garden

July 29, 2019 at 11:23 am

Hi Emily! Eucalyptus is not contraindicated for pregnancy nor breastfeeding, and each of the Eucalyptus oils we offer do not contain camphor. Camphor is a constituent which does have safety precautions, as it can cause convulsions in high doses. We list safe dilution rates for oils with high amounts of camphor for this reason.


July 29, 2019 at 10:35 am

I’m making products for pregnant women and I’ve read that camphor is a constituent of eucalyptus, which is not safe for pregnancy. Is that true of three types?

Edens Garden

July 11, 2019 at 9:25 am

Hi Amanda! I found an article saying Eucalyptus may be worth trying for psoriatic arthritis: https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriatic-arthritis/essential-oils-to-try

This article then links to this study, which specifies that Lemon Eucalyptus and Eucalyptus globulus were used: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14611892

I found another study indicating that East Indian Sandalwood is a good option for what you’re looking for: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5352686/:


July 11, 2019 at 9:22 am

I’ve read that eucalyptus is good for relieving the symptoms of inflammation from psoriatic arthritis. I’m wondering which of the three would be best for this use?

Edens Garden

June 3, 2019 at 9:36 am

Hi Sonya! I’d suggest starting with Eucalyptus Smithii for what you need. Don’t forget to dilute using a carrier oil!


June 3, 2019 at 9:33 am

I have fallen arches and are quite painful. I was told to add peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to Epsom salts. You have 3 eucalyptus oils to choose from. Which one would be best? Thank you! Have a great day!

Edens Garden

February 18, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Hi Debbi! Eucalyptus globulus may be best for what you’re looking for, but Pollen Buster may also be a good option for the symptoms that often go along with this issue.


February 18, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Hi! I read about putting Eucalyptus oil on the floor of the shower to help with ENT problems such as post nasal drip. Would you recommend one of the 3 oils in particular, and do you have a recommendation as to how one would put that on the shower floor? lol Thanks!

Edens Garden

January 28, 2019 at 9:32 am

Hi Julie! They all are similar in therapeutic properties and aroma and can mostly be used interchangeably. For the purpose of a deodorant, I would say any one of our Eucalyptus oils could be used.

Julie Scully

January 28, 2019 at 9:15 am

So,, the main difference is just the smell? Original, slightly orange/citrus, and woodsy. So,,, medicinally they are the same? I use them to make my own “natural deodorant”. Do any of these have qualities that are better at keeping armpit smells to a minimum? I make my own mix with Eucalyptus, Orange, Lavender, and 1 drop of ylang ylang. I guess, I am therefore leaning toward the 2nd one.

Edens Garden

December 11, 2018 at 9:44 am

Hi Sherry! When it comes to children under 2 years old, we recommend working with the child’s pediatrician and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe and effective guidelines that meet her individual needs. Little ones are much more sensitive to essential oils and for this reason, we’ve chosen to err on the side of extreme caution.

Sherry Jackson

December 11, 2018 at 9:43 am

I did not realize that I should not be defusing Eucalyptus around young children. My granddaughter has sinus and allergies and I thought I was using something that would help her not harm her. She is 18 months old. What should I be using instead?

Edens Garden

November 19, 2018 at 10:07 am

Hi Geertje! Aside from our ready to use Roll-Ons, none of our oils are diluted, and we have the GC/MS and essential chemist’s analyses to guarantee that our oils are 100% pure and unadulterated. We also sell directly to customers and do not offer wholesale nor distributor programs in order to keep our prices as low as possible for all customers, unlike MLMs. You can learn more here: https://www.edensgarden.com/pages/edens-pledge


November 19, 2018 at 9:54 am

These are Not 100% pure oils, they’re Too cheap for that, they’re Diluted too much which means you need to use like more than 4 drops to actually have it work in a diffuser. Check the youngliving oils!