This or That: What's the difference between our Eucalyptus essential oils?

June 17, 2016

This or That: what's the difference between our Eucalyptus essential oils?

Out of the 700 plus species of Eucalyptus found in Australia alone, Edens Garden offers two of the most popular in aromatherapy (with one more on the way!). It’s an oil that’s popular for a variety of reasons- one reason being its aroma. Even those who’ve never heard the name Eucalyptus may be familiar with its sharp, medicinal aroma, made popular by known vapor rub and cold salve brands. Like most oils we offer a variety of, we started out with only one type of Eucalyptus oil, but decided to offer more of a selection as we fell more and more in love with this captivating oil. So how do you choose just one?

Benefits of Eucalyptus

Unlike most varieties of oils we carry, the therapeutic benefits of Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata are quite similar. Both 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 healing and repairing respiratory issues such as congestion, bronchial asthma, respiratory infection, and shortness of breath. Eucalyptus should be your go to defense during cold and flu season, not only for its effectiveness in healing respiratory issues, but also for its ability to prevent these common ailments. The 1,8- cineole leads Eucalyptus oil to act as a powerful astringent, as well as a successful oily skin and acne reducer. What’s more, this oil is a potent reliever of muscle aches, pains, and inflammation. And to top it off, the cool and refreshing aroma of Eucalyptus has been known to boost energy and relieve sinus 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 Globulus is generally 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. Generally, Eucalyptus Radiata has less 1,8- cineole, making it less aggressive in therapeutic benefits. Its aroma is sweeter, fruity, with citrus notes, but still true to the classic aroma of Eucalyptus. Its an oil with more pop then zing, and we love it for this reason and all of its many complexities.

For those who’ve tried our Eucalyptus’, what’s your preference? Can you not help but love both? We know we can’t. Let us know in the comments section below!


  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Lynn! When it comes to using essential oils with animals, we recommend working with a holistic veterinarian who can give you specific safety guidelines to meet your pet’s unique needs. Here’s more information on animals and aromatherapy:

    On February 21, 2017

  • Lynn Baughman says...

    Is it safe to put 5 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus in a vaporizer overnight for my Chihauhau? She has a collapsed trachea. I read where essential oil used with a vaporizer is a safer treatment than steroids. The Vet put her on Temaril P, a steroid, which I have weaned her off-of. My daughter-in-law gave me some Eucalyptus Globulus and wondered if I could use it for that purpose. I read where Eucalyptus Radiata is good for dogs, but I only want to use it in a vaporizer, not rub it on her or have her breath it directly from a handkerchief.

    On February 20, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Brittany! In certain cases, Eucalyptus has been known to set off an asthma attack. For this reason, we recommend working with an aromatherapist, who can provide safe guidelines on the use of Eucalyptus with your son.

    On December 21, 2016

  • Brittany says...

    I only recently discovered that there were different types of eucalyptus because I read that only radiata should be used on children. I have been using globulus on my 10 year old son for asthma. We haven’t had any problems and it definitely alleviates his symptoms. But should I discontinue using it? What would the possible harm be?

    On December 18, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Don! Our Organic Eucalyptus (botanical name: Eucalyptus polybractea) has one of the highest percentages of 1,8-cineole of other Eucalyptus’, making it very aggressive in healing respiratory issues, clearing congestion, sinus problems, and penetrating muscle soreness.

    On June 28, 2016

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