Eucalyptus Radiata

Eucalyptus Radiata

Eucalyptus Radiata

The prime ingredient in Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil is eucalyptol which is used often to promote normal respiratory function.

It is not surprising that this oil is used for all sorts of respiratory problems such as coughs, sinus headaches, nasal and chest congestion as well as mental and physical well-being.



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What is Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

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About Eucalyptus Radiata

Family: Myrtaceae
Origins: Australia
Other names: peppermint eucalyptus, fourth river peppermint eucalyptus, narrow-leaved peppermint eucalyptus. There are over 700 species of eucalyptus.
Description: A tall evergreen with blue-green narrow leaves and gray-brown bark that comes off in long strips. Summer flowers are creamy yellow.
Extraction: Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: leaves

Principal constituents: Oxides: 1,8 cineol (62-72%), caryoppyllene oxide; monoterpenes (up to 24%): alpha & beta pinenes , limonene, myrcene, p-cymene, alcohols and others

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Essential Oil Tips

Your sinuses are plugged?  Put a couple drops on your head (in the soft spot) and use a hair dryer to help with absorption. Make sure you have some Kleenex handy.

This aromatic oil comes from a tall evergreen grown mainly in Australia. Its blue-green narrow leaves are processed using steam distillation.

As a household remedy it has traditionally been used for illnesses like malaria, typhoid and cholera. It has also been used topically for skin conditions like burns, infections, ringworm and wounds.

The purifying properties in this oil have a calming effect on the mind and body so it has been used commercially in liniments, cough syrups, inhalants and ointments.

It is also a popular ingredient for toothpaste, soaps and detergents.

Eucalyptus is often used in public steam rooms because of its purification properties, pleasant aroma and health benefits.

Eucalyptus Oil can even be used to get rid of mice in your home.

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil
  • Sensitive Skin - Should be used with caution on delicate skin; a carrier oil may be useful

Suggested Uses

Arthritis

Eucalyptus Radiata can play a significant role in your treatment of arthritis. Here are two blends that you can make at home:

Rheumatoid Arthritis anti-inflammatory recipe - Massage your joints 2 to 4 times a day with 30% Eucalyptus Radiata, 20% Helichrysum, and 50% carrier oil.

Osteoarthritis - Massage your joints 2 to 4 times a day with 30% Eucalyptus Radiata, 20% Thyme, and 50% carrier oil.

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Asthma

Apply a couple drops of Eucalyptus Radiata undiluted to the toes and balls of your feet in order to open your air passages.

It can also be mixed with a teaspoon full of carrier oil and massaged on your upper back, chest and nape of your neck.

Inhaling is not recommended as it may trigger spasms.

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Circulation

Good circulation is critical to staying healthy and essential oils can help by cooling or heating your system.

Eucalyptus Radiata is one of the cooling oils that can help with symptoms such as fevers and sinus infections.

Massage a couple drops into your temples or around your sinuses.

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Cold and Flu

For a cough try rubbing a couple drops into your palms and inhale deeply through your nose and mouth.

For whooping cough try diffusing it using a diffuser.

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Digestive System

Diffuse Eucalyptus Radiata oil in a diffuser or dilute a couple drops with a carrier oil and massage over your abdomen to promote normal intestinal function.

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Environment

Diffuse Eucalyptus Radiata in a diffuser to purify the air in your home, office or car.

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Headache/Migraine

Eucalyptus is known for its ability to reduce sinus tension associated with headaches and migraines.

Combine the oil with some carrier oil like coconut oil and massage your forehead, temples, and the back of your neck. 

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Healing

A Eucalyptus and carrier oil mixture stimulates healing by preventing bacteria growth and stimulating tissue repair processes.

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Immune System

Diffuse the oil in a diffuser to support your immune system.

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Infection

A Eucalyptus and carrier oil mixture stimulates healing by preventing bacteria growth and stimulating tissue repair processes.

It can also be used as a disinfectant on minor cuts and scrapes.

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Inflammation

Diffuse 20 drops to reduce inflammation of the mucous membranes in your respiratory system. This also helps with hay fever.

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Laryngitis

Eucalyptus Radiata can be used to remove mucous, stimulate tissue repair and prevent the growth of bacteria in your lungs, vocal chords as well as bronchioles.

Add 3-4 drops in a pot of steaming water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for several minutes. Blow into the pot periodically to increase the amount of steam created. Repeat whenever needed.

Eucalyptus Radiata can also be diffused in the bedroom at night to clear your airways and help with normal breathing. 

Periodically during the day you can apply the oil directly to your throat or breath it in using an inhaler.

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Mouse Repellent

Eucalyptus is an effective way to get rid of mice. The strong smell will drive them away and is a great alternative to poisonous pesticides.

Soak some cotton balls with Eucalyptus and place them anywhere you believe mice are entering your house. Another placement would be anywhere you find mouse droppings.

Replace them frequently.

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Pain Management

For overused and painful muscles try adding a few drops to your bath water and take an enjoyable soak. Afterwards massage 2-3 drops where needed.

For Earaches rub a couple drops on the back of your ear.

Respiratory System

If you are suffering from mucous in your lungs, bronchioles, sinus or vocal chords I suggest adding 5 drops in a pan of boiling water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe the fumes deeply until you feel relief. Repeat the process if needed. You can also massage a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil into your chest, back and around your sinuses.

Alternatively you can try rubbing 2-3 drops into your palms and inhale deeply or gargle with 4-5 drops in a glass of warm water.

Eucalyptus Radiata oil can also be diffused to open up your airways, alleviate frequent sneezing and support your respiratory system. Try using a diffuser at your bedside while you sleep.

note: If you are asthmatic it is not recommended to inhale essential oils. Your lungs may be overly sensitive and may respond with spasms.

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Shingles

Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory, antiviral,  and antiseptic qualities which can provide you with effective relief from the itching, pain and inflammation caused by shingles.

Put 10-15 drops in a cup of cool water and allow them to remain on the surface (do not mix). Soak them up in a washcloth and place it over the area of concern. Hold it there for a few minutes to allow the oil to soak in. Repeat as needed.

Add 10-20 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata to a cup of Epsom Salts and take a warm bath to soothe blisters and reduce your pain.

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Snoring

It is well known that Eucalyptus Essential Oil is one of the best oils to use for relieving troubled airways. It is often used to ease symptoms of bronchial and sinus infections, as well as the common cold. For these reasons it is very effective as a snoring remedy.

Apply a couple drops of Eucalyptus Radiata undiluted to the toes and balls of your feet in order to open your air passages.

It can also be mixed with a teaspoon full of carrier oil and massaged on your upper back, chest, the nape of your neck and around your sinuses.

If you are suffering from mucous in your lungs, bronchioles, sinus or vocal chords I suggest adding 5 drops in a pan of boiling water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe the fumes deeply until you feel relief. Repeat the process if needed. 

Alternatively you can try rubbing 2-3 drops into your palms and inhale deeply or gargle with 4-5 drops in a glass of warm water.

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Skin Treatment

Eucalyptus & Tea Tree vs. Herpes Simplex Virus Infections

Antiviral activity of Australian Tea Tree oil and Eucalyptus oil against herpes simplex virus in cell culture.   Schnitzler, Schön, Reichling.

For cold sores, cankers and acne apply topically (50:50) together with Bergamot or Tea Tree Oil.

Mix 2 or 3 drops in a spoon of water and apply to a yeast infection (Candida) It can also be used as a disinfectant on minor cuts and scrapes.

A few drops applied topically can provide relief from minor cuts and mosquito bites and if you add it to Peppermint oil and diffuse or rub it on your skin it will also serve as a repellent.

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Sore Throat

Gargle 4-5 drops of with warm water to help with a sore throat.

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Combine with Other Oils

Eucalyptus Radiata blends well with: 

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