Green Valley Aromatherapy

Eucalyptus, radiata

General Properties of Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

  • antibacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • decongestant
  • expectorant
  • immuno-stimulant
Origin: Australia. Steam distilled from the leaves and stems. Top note.

Description of Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil (also known as gray peppermint) is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree to produce an essential oil that is pale yellow in color. Its countries of origin are Australia and Tasmania. Traditional uses include: deodorant, antiseptic, immunostimulant. Eucalyptus radiata essential oil is regarded as the most useful of the eucalyptii. It has a more pleasant scent, is more easily assimilated by the body and is less likely to cause irritation on the skin. Its main chemical constituents are eucalyptol (about 70%) with terpineol and some other alcohols and monoterpenes.

This particular eucalyptus essential oil is antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-viral making it a great oil for viral infections, colds, bronchitis as well as muscular strains and rheumatism. It helps to keep the air germ free when used in a vaporizer. This genus of eucalyptus is great for treating sinus conditions as it can be inhaled most deeply without triggering the cough reflex. It is the essential oil of choice when dealing with infections high in the chest. It is a good immunostimulant, great for use by individuals who are run down, and prone to colds, etc. It is a very powerful bactericide and anti viral. This makes it excellent as an inhalation for colds as it eases nasal congestion while inhibiting the growth of the cold virus. A room spray containing 2% eucalyptus essential oil will kill 70% of airborne staphylococci. Eucalyptus essential oil is also a great natural insect repellent (mosquitoes hate it!) and it is useful when combined with Bergamot essential oil when treating both herpes simplex and complex.

Eucalyptus essential oil blends well with Coriander essential oil, Juniper essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Lemon essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil, Pine essential oil and Thyme essential oil.

Specific Cautions for Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References about Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus radiata
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.