Eucalyptus essential oil, eucalyptus radiata essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves, it has a strong pungent and camphorous odor. It is a powerful antiseptic and is highly effective when used in a vaporizer or diffuser to relieve respiratory congestion. Eucalyptus radiata oil is gentler and softer than eucalyptus globulus, but just as effective in most circumstances. Eucalyptus essential oils are liberally used in aftershaves, colognes, and household cleansers. Place the oil in steam baths and saunas so that scent fills the room can be irritating for some and it's use should be avoided in public saunas. However, if you enjoy that eucalyptus aroma, it could be just the thing at bath or sauna time!
Eucalyptus radiata is a tall, aromatic evergreen tree of the myrtle family, chiefly native to Australia and Tasmania, bearing pendant leaves and umbels of white, red, or pink flowers and valued for the timber, gum and oil. Some seeds, having been sent to France in 1857, were planted in Algiers and thrived exceedingly well. Five years after planting the Eucalyptus, one of the most marshy and unhealthy districts of Algiers was converted into one of the healthiest and driest. As a result, the rapidly growing Eucalyptus trees are now largely cultivated in many temperate regions with the view of preventing malarial fevers. To the remarkable drainage afforded by its roots is also ascribed the gradual disappearance of mosquitoes in the areas of plantations of this tree, as at Lake Fezara in Algeria.
Eucalyptus radiata essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: thyme, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, pine, cedarwood, and lemon.
Eucalyptus oil cautions - Side effects from the tea or from any of the commercial preparations are extremely rare when directions of dosage is followed. With an overdose (this applies to all essential oils), muscular weakness, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been noted. Very few people have developed an allergy to eucalyptus oil. Do not use on broken or irritated skin. Do not use internally.
Eucalyptus oil properties - Antiseptic, astringent, tonic, antispasmodic, deodorant, expectorant, stimulant, antibiotic, rubefacient, febrifuge.