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Which type of Eucalyptus Oil is right for you?

Eucalyptus oil is one of the most useful and universal oils for a number of reasons but there are so many varieties out there which one would be right for you and your family? 

There are in fact hundreds of species of Eucalyptus that have been identified with actions or properties that can help us with our health and well-being. The biggest difference between each Eucalyptus essential oil is the quantity of cineole (also known as Eucalyptol) that the oils contains. Cineole offers strong therapeutic properties with a mint like aroma. Like any essential oil, high doses have been shown to have a negative impact on health but the correct Eucalyptus essential oil used for the right purpose can be a wonderful asset for any household.

In this blog I will introduce you some fairly unknown Eucalyptus oils and others you may have been using all along... 

Eucalyptus Australiana (Eucalyptus Radiata)

Eucalyptus 'Australiana' botanically known as Eucalyptus Radiata, is a tall forest tree which grows in the cooler climates around the Snowy Mountains and the Great Diving Range. Of all the Eucalyptus, this is perhaps the freshest. fruitiest and most pleasant. Now grown in plantations in Australia and sustainably harvested from the wild. 

  • Milder type of Eucalyptus oil
  • Gentle 
  • Therapeutically versatile 
  • Best for children & sensitive health conditions
  • Cooling, refreshing, citrusy aroma 
  • Coming soon to our Australian Essential Oil Collection

Eucalyptus Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus)

Eucalyptus Blue Gum is also known Tasmanian Blue Gum however it is naturally found in southern Victoria. Botanically known as Eucalyptus globulus, the tree can grow up to 70 meters in height and is one of Australia's fastest growing trees. 

  • Most common type of Eucalyptus oil
  • Bold, rich aroma
  • Extensive therapeutic uses
  • Supports as a decongestant, expectorant, anti-inflammatory
  • Good for, mouth wash, topical salves, bath salt etc
  • Not recommended for use with children under the age of six

Eucalyptus Blue Mallee (Eucalyptus Polybractea) 

Naturally found in the central west of New South Wales and around the old Bendigo goldfields. Australia's first Eucalyptus oil, produced in Melbourne in 1852. Botanically known as Eucalyptus polybractea, being a 'Mallee' tree it is short and has multiple trunks, growing only 8 meters in height. Sadly much of the 'Mallee' lands were cleared for farming. The tree is now sourced mainly from plantations however sustainable sourcing still occurs from the wild trees. 

  • The strongest Eucalyptus oil
  • Very high cineole content 
  • Powerful therapeutic properties when used in moderation
  • Preferred in pharmaceutical preparations 
  • Supports upper respiratory infections, stimulating immune system & relieving pain
  • Support relief from coughs, colds, flu and sinusitis 
  • Great for cleaning and removing sticky residue
  • Used in our Essential Oil Blends ...Breathe, Breathe B & Shield 
  • Coming soon to our Australian Essential Oil Collection 

Eucalyptus Peppermint (Eucalyptus Dives)

Naturally found in the south east hinterland region of New South Wales. botanically known as Eucalyptus Dives. Different to other Eucalyptus Trees because it contains piperitone (menthol) which gives the oil an unusual mix of Eucalyptus  and peppermint mint aroma. Harvested from plantation and wild trees in New South Wales. 

  • Contains piperitone, a source of menthol 
  • Fresh, spicy, peppermint, eucalyptus aroma
  • Extensive therapeutic uses
  • Assist breathing conditions such as asthma, recovery from pneumonia, pleurisy and bronchitis 
  • Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal
  • Energising when mentally fatigued 
  • Calming & soothing 
  • Part of our Australian Essential Oil Collection

Reference:

Trevena, G, 2017, A Guide to Australian Native Essential Oils, Essentially Australia, Byron Bay

Worwood. V, A, 2016, The complete book of essential oils and aromatherapy : over 800 natural, nontoxic and fragrant recipes to create health, beauty and safe home and work environments, revised ed, New World Library, California 

 

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