Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
Eucalyptus radiata Essential Oil tends to be my preferred choice of the eucalyptus oils because it shares most of the same properties as Eucalyptus globulus Essential Oil, but I find that it has a more pleasant aroma. Aromatically, it certainly smells similar to Eucalyptus globulus, however, Eucalyptus radiata Essential Oil is a bit sweeter and fruitier in aroma. The aromatic difference is likely because Eucalyptus radiata Essential Oil tends to have a little less 1,8 Cineole in it than does Eucalyptus globulus Essential Oil (but not always). It is the 1,8 Cineole that is heavily responsible for giving Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil its characteristic eucalyptus aroma and its key therapeutic properties.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Top - Middle
Strength of Initial Aroma
Slightly camphorous, sweet, fruity.
Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil Uses
Respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, catarrh, sinusitis, rhinitis, colds, influenza, fever, asthma, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains, neuralgia, abdominal cramps, menstrual cramps, headaches, mental exhaustion, fatigue, insect stings and bites, general simulant and tonic. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 587.]
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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.]
Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil Safety Information
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.]
General Safety Information
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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