Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Slightly camphorous, sweet, fruity.
Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil Uses
Arthritis, bronchitis, catarhh, cold sores, colds, coughing, fever, flu, poor circulation, sinusitis. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 57-66.] Eucalyptus Radiata Oil is sometimes mentioned as a helpful oil to use for headaches.
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[C.M. Bignell, P.J. Dunlop, J.J. Brophy. Volatile Leaf Oils of Some South-Western and Southern Australian Species of the Genus Eucalyptus (series 1) Part XIX. (Flavour & Fragrance Journal 13, 1998), 131-139. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 273.]
Tisserand and Young indicate that due to its 1,8 cineole content, Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil may cause CNS and breathing problems in young children. They caution against using Eucalyptus Radiata Oil on or near the face of children under 10. Their dermal maximum recommendation is 20%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 273.] Eucalyptus Oil is very toxic when taken orally (no essential oil should be taken internally without the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner). [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 141.]
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