Eucalyptus has a long history of medicinal use, including the Australian aborigines, who would bind serious wounds with Eucalyptus leaves. There are several different types of Eucalyptus essential oil. This article will be about both Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus globulus)and Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata). They are very similar in properties, though Radiata is considered the most therapeutic. Globulus has a warm, wet dandelion scent to it. Radiata has a warm, menthol sprite feel. Both make you breathe a little deeper and feel a little more rejuvenated.
Eucalyptus citriodora stands more on its own and as such has its own article.
Aromatic influences: Promotes health, well being, purification, and healing. Dissolves feelings of melancholy and restores positive energy. Centers mind and focuses concentration. Clean, fresh, and expansive.
Combines well with:
Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Cedarwood, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Rosewood, Cajeput, Pine Needles, Spruce
Points of interest
- Do not ingest either Eucalyptus Globulus or Radiata. .
- Safe for all skin types.
Always keep away from small children
- When you have infections higher up in the chest, use globulus. When they are deep in the lungs, use radiata. With the recipes below, unless they say otherwise, you can use either globulus or radiata. Choose by personal preference and by where your infection is located.
- Globulus can help raise blood sugar in diabetics.
- As with Eucalyptus citriodora, the disinfectant qualities of both of these improve with age. So if you have a bottle that’s too old to use in skin or body care, use it to clean with. Put 1 or 2 drops on a wet cloth and wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters with it. Then rinse it out in sink and let the oil run down the drain, killing bacteria lurking in there.
- Ease breathing during colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, or hay fever by diffusing 3 drops each Tea Tree and Eucalyptus radiata. Or 3 drops each of Eucalyptus globulus and Lavender.
- Do not use around infants.
- Can be used in a massage to relieve pain in rheumatism, muscular aches, and fibrositis.
- Diffuse 3 drops each Eucalyptus and Peppermint to lift depression.
- Inhale the scents and see which you prefer. And have fun with it!
Here are a few recipes involving Eucalyptus oils. To check for more, you can click on Eucalyptus globulus or Eucalyptus radiata in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning them.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
Soothe Dry or Chesty Coughs
- 4 drops Eucalyptus
- 2 drops Myrrh
- 4 drops Cedarwood
- 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
Massage into chest morning and evening until a week after the cough is gone. (12)
Warm and Soothe Painful Muscles
- 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus
- 2 drops Ginger Root
- 4 drops Rosemary
- 1 tablespoon Jojoba
Massage into affected areas twice a day. (12)
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
- 4 drops Frankincense
- 1/2 tablespoon F.C.O.
Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. Can also dissolve formula in 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath to soften skin and remove impurities. (12)
Forest Scent Mist Spray
- 50 drops Eucalyptus
- 50 drops Myrtle
- 50 drops Cajeput
- 30 drops Juniper Berry
- 20 drops Balsam of Peru
- 4 ounces Pure Water
Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use and liberally spritz room and inhale scent deeply. Can use distilled, filtered, bottled or spring water. (11)
- 5 drops Eucalyptus
- 5 drops Peppermint
- 5 drops Rosemary
- 1 teaspoon Jojoba
Cool sprain with an ice pack for 20 minutes then massage with blend. (2)
- 5 drops White Grapefruit
- 5 drops Lemon
- 5 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
- 3 drops Cajeput
- 2 drops Rosewood
- 1 tablespoon F.C.O.
Massage formula into neck, shoulders, and along the back. (11)
Stimulating Chest Rub
- 5 drops Eucalyptus
- 10 drops Lavender or Rosemary
- 5 drops Pine
- 1/4 cup Almond oil
Store in a 50 ml, dark colored glass bottle. Shake well and allow to sit for 24 hours before using. Use approximately 1/2 teaspoon each time. Apply formula into chest and throat morning and night until 1 week after respiratory infection is gone. Can be used for most minor respiratory ailments. (6)
- 25 drops Eucalyptus globulus
- 25 drops Lavender
- 25 drops Rosemary
- 3 ounces Olive or Sunflower oil
Store formula in a dark colored glass bottle and shake well. Apply to wet hair by massaging well into scalp to reach hair roots. Pay particular attention to around the ears and the nape of the neck where the lice breed. Leave on for at least one hour then shampoo out thoroughly. Remove the eggs with a regulation fine-tooth comb. Repeat at least twice more at three-day intervals to ensure the infestation is completely cleared. (6)
- 5 drops Eucalyptus radiata
- 5 drops Pine
- 8 drops Lavender
- 1 tablespoon Almond oil
Massage blend into chest, back, shoulders, and neck as a preventative measure. Can also add formula to a warm/hot bath. (6)
- 2 drops Peppermint
- 5 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Eucalyptus
- 1 ounce un-perfumed base cream — can use Virgin Coconut oil or Shea Butter
Put cream in a clean glass pot, add essential oils and stir well. Massage a small amount into the temples and back of the neck. Close lid tightly when not in use. (6)
Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata are excellent oils that need to be in everyone’s first aid kit. What do you like to do with these oils? What recipe on here is most interesting to you? Which of these two oils is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section down below the references. We’d all love to hear!
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- Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
- Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
- The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
- The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
- The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
- Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends, by Valerie Ann Worwood
- The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood, and Emotion by Valerie Ann Worwood
- The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
- 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
- The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding