When learning about the many medicinal and healing properties of essential oils for the first time, Eucalyptus was likely part of the introduction. It is a powerful oil with an abundance of therapeutic properties and is a meaningful addition to any massage oil.
EG carries three Eucalyptus essential oils, the others being Eucalyptus-Globulus and Eucalyptus-Smithii. The primary difference of radiata and other sub-species of eucalyptus is its especially cool, crisp, penetrating aroma. It is a common ingredient in chest rubs, natural inhalants and sport crèmes.
The essential oil is extracted from the tree’s leaves through a steam distillation process. Today, radiata is the most prevalent species of eucalyptus grown and is known as "The King of Eucalyptus.” It blends well with other camphorous oils and lemony scents.
Not sure which Eucalyptus is right for you? Check out our blog on the differences here!
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus radiata
Origin: South Africa
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves
Blends Well With: Coriander, and other spices
Aroma: Camphorous, medicinal, and slightly-sweet with refreshing green notes
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children.
Adult Max Dilution: 20%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- There are several ways to effectively use Eucalyptus essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water to improve respiratory health, boost immunity and even reduce unwanted odors. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Eucalyptus and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
- Eucalyptus radiata is native to Australia although it can grow in similar temperate environments. Our essential oil is steam distilled from trees in South Africa from the leaves of the tree. The essential oil is clear and thin and carries itself at the forefront of any blend as a top note. The difference between radiata and globulus varieties is the look of the tree and leaves. Eucalyptus radiata has narrow and shorter leaves than globulus and the trees can grow up to 150 feet tall although most are found about 40-50 feet in height and grow in sandy soil.
- Like the other Eucalyptus oils, Eucalyptus radiata has a camphorous, cooling, refreshing, medicinal and slightly sweet, green aroma. It also has an abundance of therapeutic uses which makes it ideal to use in many blends and sometimes considered gentler than Eucalyptus globulus. It is often used in steam blends, diffusers and chest rubs when feeling under the weather and to help open up breathing. Its also promoted as an antimicrobial and antiseptic essential oil. As an analgesic and antiinflammatory, a massage oil made with Eucalyptus can help reduce physical discomfort and pain.
- Eucalyptus- Globulus is the most popular and well-known of all Eucalyptus leaf oils. It has a medicinal, vibrant and refreshing aroma that cools and soothes, thanks to its high cineole content. This variation blends well with other oils such as Frankincense, Peppermint, Lavender, Lime, Lemongrass Tea Tree and Rosemary essential oil. Eucalyptus- Radiata oil has a softer punch, with more cool, citrusy notes. But it’s perfect for users who want to breathe deeply, or simply wish to support their general wellness.
- Eucalyptus essential oil varieties are quite versatile. These oils blend well with tree oils such as Cedarwood, Cypress and Pine. Spices and herbs such as Coriander, Cumin and Ginger, Juniper, Peppermint, Rosemary and Thyme can enhance different aspects of Eucalyptus oils - such as strengthening the antimicrobial properties or the respiratory abilitiesin a blend. Citrus and florals add a softness to the strength of the medicinal quality and we suggest trying it with Geranium-Rose and Lavender, Grapefruit and Lemon.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
BATH SALTS: Combine: 1 drop of Eucalyptus (Radiata), 1 drop of Peppermint, 1 drop of Frankincense (Carterii) and 2 drops of Frankincense Serrata with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Stir together and add to running bath water for a relaxing soak following a hefty workout.
DIFFUSION: Add: 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) to a diffuser and run for 15-20 minutes.
OILY SKIN: Add to a 2 ounce bottle: 4 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata), 1 drop of Carrot Seed, 4 drops of Frankincense (Frereana), 3 drops of Lavender (Bulgarian or French) and Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount). Top off with witch hazel. Shake well to combine before applying to skin. Shelf life: 1 week
CLEANING SPRAY: To an 8 ounce spray bottle add: 26 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata), 40 drops of Lemon and 32 drops of Tea Tree, then fill with 3/4 distilled water and 1/4 grain alcohol. Shake well before using as a cleaning spray, to be sure the oils are dispersed in the water.
INSECT REPELLENT POTPOURRI: Place 2 cups of dried flowers or potpourri in a decorative bowl. Sprinkle: 10-15 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) over the dried flowers. Place in an area where you want to ward off flying insects.
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