Eucalyptus Oil Uses

  • Using Eucalyptus Oil

    Uses For Eucalyptus Oil

    Outside Australia, Eucalyptus is a fairly modern discovery for the rest of the world. It was first distilled for use as an essential oil in 1854. Eucalyptus was later utilized to prevent disease during World War I and was also used to control outbreaks of illnesses such as influenza and meningitis.


    Eucalyptus Citriodora

    • For use on the skin (Topical Application): Dilute up to 3-5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil; 2%, the most commonly recommended strength, is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil.
    • Colds: Diffusion.
    • Bronchitis: Topical Application on chest and back, a total of 3-5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil.
    • Stuffy nose and mucous congestion: Steam Inhalation.
    • Asthma: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser on a regular basis.
    • Sore throat: Diffusion.
    • Skin: Topical Application on areas of concern.

    Safety Precautions: See safety precautions for all types of eucalyptus below. Not appropriate for use with babies and small children.

    Eucalyptus Globulus, Sweet - Partially Rectified and Unrectified

    • Congestion and discomfort due to colds: Diffuse. Diffusing also will kill airborne viruses to help reduce the spread of the flu.
    • Constricted breathing: Topical Application of 3 -5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil applied to chest.
    • Skin infections, blisters and ulcers: Add a few drops to a basin of water and cleanse skin with the water, or use a warm compress.
    • Sore muscles: Topical Application of 3 -5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil.
    • Repelling insects: Topical Application of 3 -5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil
    • Lice: Add 2% to any carrier oil and massage onto head. Leave on for at least an hour.
    • Neuralgia: Topical Application of 3 -5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil.

    Safety Precautions: See safety precautions for all types of eucalyptus below. Not appropriate for use with babies and small children.

    Eucalyptus Radiata

    • For use on the skin (Topical Application): Dilute up to 2-4% in jojoba or hazelnut oil; 2%, the most commonly recommended strength, is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil.
    • Colds: Diffusion.
    • Bronchitis: Topical Application on chest and back, a total of 3-5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil.
    • Stuffy nose and mucous congestion: Steam Inhalation.
    • Asthma: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser on a regular basis.
    • Sore throat: Diffusion.

    Safety Precautions: See safety precautions for all types of eucalyptus below. Well-diluted Eucalyptus Radiata is safe to use with children over four, in reduced quantities.


    Eucalyptus leaves

    Eucalyptus Staigeriana

    • Dilution Amounts: For use on the skin (Topical Application), you may dilute up to 2-4% in jojoba or hazelnut oil (2% is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil).
    • Colds: Diffusion, Massage.
    • Sinusitis, bronchitis: Topical Application on chest and back, Diffusion, Steam Inhalation.
    • Stuffy nose and mucous congestion: Steam Inhalation.
    • Asthma: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser on a regular basis, Massage.
    • Sore throat: Diffusion.
    • Skin problems: Topical Application on areas of concern.
    • Arthritis, neuralgia: Massage.
    • Sprains: Hot and Cold Compresses.
    • Depression, weakness, fatigue: Diffusion.

    Safety Precautions: See safety precautions for all types of eucalyptus below. Not appropriate for use with babies and small children.


    Safety Precautions For All Types Of Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus essential oils have been found to be non-sensitizing to the skin; however, they are poisonous if ingested, and even small amounts can be fatal. They can irritate the skin if not diluted enough.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

  • Eucalyptus Oil Benefits

    Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits

    The warming effect of eucalyptus is helpful in soothing sore throats and breathing passages. It is antiseptic, attacking mucus and the cold virus. It is good for treating and preventing colds, particularly with congestion. Eucalyptus is antiseptic, attacking mucus and the cold virus. Its anti-viral properties are remarkable.

    “The essential oil has exceptionally powerful germicidal properties. A mixture of just 2 percent eucalyptus oil that evaporates in an aroma lamp will kill 70 percent staphylococcus bacteria in a room.” Complete Aromatherapy Handbook, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi.

    “Eucalyptus, mint, lavender, and rose are the most well-known fragrances in the treasure chest of essential oils. Nearly everyone can identify at least one of these by smell alone. The scent of eucalyptus oil reminds us of medicine and illness because many medicinal preparations contain eucalyptus. The healing power of eucalyptus is broad and wide-ranging.” Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi.

    Eucalyptus Citriodora

    This has a citronella-like scent. It is the essential oil with the highest content of citronellal, (65- 80%). It is therefore very popular as an insect repellent. Its effectiveness is rivaled only by essential oil blends. In fact, this potent oil is part of what makes Amrita's Bugs BeGone so effective. It has strong purifying abilities and specifically benefits skin, respiration and immunity. Its powerful effects make it a household staple. Eucalyptus Citriodora addresses the following conditions:

    • Skin Care: Athletes foot, herpes, dandruff, cuts, sores, ulcers, insect repellent.
    • Respiratory System: Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, congestion, sinusitis.
    • Immune System: Colds, fevers, flu, infections, sore throat, laryngitis, throat and mouth infections.

    Eucalyptus Globulus, Sweet - Partially Rectified and Unrectified

    This type of eucalyptus is known for healing and easing symptoms of infectious illnesses. Just its presence in the air has a purifying influence, attacking airborne germs. Eucalyptus Globulus is the instantly recognizable scent of most cough and cold chest rubs, inhalers and medicines. Eucalyptus Globulus is also effective for treating lice, blisters, neuralgia and muscle pain; it can also be used as an insect repellent.

    Eucalyptus Radiata

    This addresses the following conditions:

    • Respiratory system: Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, congestion, sinusitis.
    • Immune system: Colds, fevers, flu, infections, sore throat.
    • Nervous system: Headaches, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, weakness, fatigue, depression, inability to concentrate.

    Eucalyptus Staigeriana

    This is a gentle, citrus-scented variety that is best for children and people with sensitive skin.

    “The essential oil has exceptionally powerful germicidal properties. A mixture of just 2 percent eucalyptus oil that evaporates in an aroma lamp will kill 70 percent staphylococcus bacteria in a room.”
    Complete Aromatherapy Handbook, Fischer-Rizzi

    Eucalyptus Staigeriana addresses the following conditions:

    • Skin problems: Cuts, sores, ulcers.
    • Musculoskeletal system: Arthritis, muscle and joint pains, rheumatism, sports injuries, sprains.
    • Respiratory system: Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, throat and mouth infections, congestion, sinusitis.
    • Immune system: Colds, fevers, flu, infections, sore throat.
    • Nervous system: Headaches, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, sciatica, weakness, fatigue, depression, inability to concentrate.

    Safety Precautions For All Types Of Eucalyptus Oil: Eucalyptus essential oils have been found to be non-sensitizing to the skin; however, they are poisonous if ingested, and even small amounts can be fatal. They can irritate the skin if not diluted enough.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

  • Types of Eucalyptus Oil

    Which Type Of Eucalyptus Oil Should You Use?

    There are many types of eucalyptus oil. It is native to Australia, but eucalyptus is now grown in many countries. At Amrita Aromatherapy, we supply these types.

    Eucalyptus Citriodora (Certified Organic)

    This type of eucalyptus is known for its strong and fresh citronella-like scent that repels insects, and its ability to kill bacteria.

    Eucalyptus Globulus, Sweet, Partially Rectified

    This type of eucalyptus is known to for its mucus-clearing and pain-relieving abilities. See Organic Eucalyptus Globulus below for more details.

    Eucalyptus, Globulus, Sweet and Unrectified (Certified Organic)

    This type of eucalyptus is often used in saunas and steam rooms because its refreshing and invigorating fragrance opens the breathing passages and purifies the air. Eucalyptus Globulus is also helpful for pain and sore muscles.

    Organic Eucalyptus Globulus has been a widespread problem, in that it has not lived up to the expected benefit of bronchial relief. The reason for this lies in the nature of Eucalyptus Globulus itself. E. globulus is commonly sold in a highly rectified form; rectification is a way of redistilling an oil and thus removing parts of it. In this case, the rectification is done to increase the so-called “active” mucus-solving compound 1.8-cineol, as well as to remove the oil’s strange fruity smell. This rectification process increases the 1.8-cineol content from 65% to about 85% or 90%. The 1.8-cineol is responsible for the mucus-solving property of the oil. Unfortunately, it also has a contracting effect on smooth muscle tissue. That’s why no one really feels much benefit from ordinary eucalyptus. The contracting effects of the rectified oil on the bronchi are counterproductive to the desired relaxation. It can be rather detrimental, when the bronchi contract while one battles a respiratory infection. In its unrectified form, the oil has a relaxing effect on the smooth muscle tissue of the bronchi.

    Interestingly, unrectified E. globulus has its own problem. A number of high-boiling compounds (those with high boiling points) in unrectified E. globulus are irritating to the upper respiratory organs. Among them are aromadendrene and delta-cadinene, which are each often there in quantities of 3% or more. Thus while unrectified E. globulus does not contract the bronchi, it has this irritating effect, at least for some people.

    Fortunately, Amrita has finally located a source of organic unrectified E. globulus that is very low in these high-boiling substances. It gives you the advantages Eucalyptus should have: It relaxes the bronchi, dissolves mucus and does not irritate the mucus membranes when inhaled. And its unusual fruity smell is minimized.

    Eucalyptus Radiata (Certified Organic)

    This type of eucalyptus is a gentle alternative to Sweet Eucalyptus (E. Globulus). It has a lighter aroma. Eucalyptus Radiata is said to ease colds and congestion. It is mild enough in its effects for use with small children.

    Eucalyptus Staigeriana (Certified Organic)

    This type of eucalyptus is said to be antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It has all the benefits of other types of eucalyptus, yet is very mild, due to a low amount of 1.8 cineol. It is reminiscent of citrus oils in terms of its odor. It is more suitable for children and people with sensitive skin than other types of eucalyptus. It is the least aggressive or irritating eucalyptus, and at the same time it is the most pleasant smelling. As it is completely safe for children, we recommend that you use it for preventive purposes during the cold season.


    Safety Precautions For All Types Of Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus essential oils have been found to be non-sensitizing to the skin; however, they are poisonous if ingested, and even small amounts can be fatal. They can irritate the skin if not diluted enough. See the safety precautions for each type of eucalyptus for further details.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

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