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 of Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Eucalyptus 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!