Known as “The King of Eucalyptus”, Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil has been known for its therapeutic qualities throughout history. According to old English folklore, an early English settler nearly cut off his thumb with an axe but was saved by his father, who used his knowledge of Aboriginal folk medicine to apply a bandage of eucalyptus leaves around the cut. Reports of the incredible healing power of eucalyptus spread rapidly throughout Australia, and by the 1850s Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil was first distilled near Melbourne.
The Eucalyptus tree is a small multi-trunked tree that grows naturally in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. It actually belongs to the same family, Myrtacae, as the Tea Tree, and has extensive root systems that act as reservoirs for moisture and nutrients. Eucalyptus Radiata oil is extracted using steam distillation of the leaves and green branches, which produces a clear oil with a soft Eucalyptus aroma and woody undertones.
Pure Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil is popular for its properties that range from antibacterial and anti-inflammation to anti-infectious and expectorant. It’s considered gentle enough to accommodate nearly any therapeutic use.
Emotionally, Eucalyptus Radiata can stimulate mental activity and increase blood flow to the brain because its aroma is so cool and refreshing. Many people enjoy diffusing it to eliminate exhaustion and rejuvenate the spirits.
Physically, this oil is best utilised to combat respiratory problems, stimulate the immune system, and relieve pain. For cold or flu symptoms, inhaling Eucalyptus oil can kill bacteria in the respiratory tract and open up airways for easier breathing. Blended with one drop each of Lemon, Peppermint, and Rosemary, your winter respiratory woes don’t stand a chance.
Furthermore, this oil boosts the immune system when inhaled as well by allowing the body’s white blood cells to absorb necessary nutrients. A Eucalyptus blend with Cinnamon Leaf and Clove oil can help the immune system function at its highest level. Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil is also renowned for its ability to fight inflammation and relieve pain, which is why it’s included in muscle rubs and liniments.