Eucalyptus is well-known for its clearing and anti-septic properties and is thus extremely useful during the winter months. There are hundreds of varieties of Eucalyptus; Radiata has a sweeter, more rounded aroma and is less likely to irritate the skin than the more common Eucalyptus Globulus.
Radiata can be used in all of the instances where Globulus would be appropriate. It is less stimulating than Globulus and may therefore be the preferred Eucalyptus for children.
Country of Origin: Australia.
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
Method of Extraction: The oil is steam distilled from the fresh or partly dried, long and narrow leaves of the tree.
Main Therapeutic Properties: Antibacterial, Anticatarrhal, Antifungal, Antiviral, Immune tonic, Antirheumatic.
Contraindications: Non-toxic and non-irritant in prescribed doses.
Chakra: Heart & Base
Chinese Element: Metal
Eucalyptus can be very effective in a steam inhalation to help congestion.
Try adding 2 drops Eucalyptus, 1 drop Roman Chamomile and 1 drop Lavender to a bowl of just-boiled water. Lean over the bowl (not too close) with a towel covering your head and inhale the vapours for a few minutes. Alternatively, blend the same oils in two teaspoons of Sweet Almond oil and massage into the chest and back.
Blended with Citronella or Cedarwood in an oil burner, Eucalyptus can help maintain an insect-free BBQ! Alternatively, try the lemon-scented Eucalyptus Citriodora is a very powerful natural insect repellent.