Eucalyptus (E. radiata) Oil from dōTERRA®
Soothes respiratory tract, boosts immunity, relieves congestion
Eucalyptus radiata, one of several eucalyptus oils, has the distinctively crisp, pungent fragrance typical of eucalypus oils, but with a lighter, gentler quality, making it safe for use with children and for direct inhalation.
It is a very effective oil for supporting the respiratory system.
15 mL bottle.
About Eucalyptus radiata oil:
Though generally thought of as originating in Australia, E. radiata is also native to Africa and the southern United States. Of the different variants of eucalyptus, the radiata variety is preferred for aromatherapy.
Both Western and Eastern medicine have recognized the many influential compounds of eucalyptus, making it a key ingredient in cough and throat medicines, as well as chest ointments. Herbal practitioners has also noted its insect repellent properties, as well as its effectiveness in dealing with fevers and respiratory conditions.
This extraordinary essential oil is calming to the senses and gently opens airways, for unrestricted breathing. It also has anti-infectious attributes, that can help to alleviate even the most difficult of respiratory infections. Its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties make it beneficial, not merely in treating symptoms, but the underlying causes of illness, as well.
Eucalyptus oil can be used topically, directly on the area of concern, and is a wonderful oil to diffuse into the environment.
Key properties of Eucalyptus radiata oil:
- Oxide (1,8 Cineole [Eucalyptol] 67%)
- Aldehyde (citronel 8%)
Some of the therapeutic properties of Eucalyptus radiata include: analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant and expectorant.
Common uses for eucalyptus oil:
It is an excellent insect repellent. I like to mix it with peppermint and apply it before outdoor activities in the summer, to keep away the biting insects and for its cooling effects.
Eucalyptus is also beneficial in skin care, helping with burns, as well as cuts and wounds.
During the cold and flu season
During the cold and flu season, eucalyptus oil offers many benefits. One of its best effects is in disinfecting living areas, to help prevent the spread of colds and flu. With its strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, diffusing this oil into the environment can quickly eliminate these pathogens from your home or office.
Eucalyptus radiata is also beneficial for the symptoms of colds and flu. It is an excellent expectorant, helping to clear congestion; and, it is very soothing to the respiratory system, helping to ease coughs. It works well diffused or inhaled, but can also be applied directly to the chest or throat, either in an ointment or dilution with a carrier oil. A few drops of eucalyptus oil can also be added to a cup of warm water, so you can breathe the vapors.
Eucalyptus can also be very helpful for asthma and bronchitis. It is very soothing to the respiratory system, and is quite anti-inflammatory.
Other uses for eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus can be diluted and used in massage to alleviate arthritis or back pain. It can also be diluted and massaged over the abdomen to relieve diarrhea, stomach ache or indigestion. A few drop of eucalyptus can also be added to a teaspoon of agave or honey and ingested to relieve digestive distress.
Eucalyptus radiata can also be used in the following ways:
- Rub one drop of eucalyptus oil on the outside and back of the ear (never use essential oils inside the ears), to relieve an earache.
- Put a few drops of eucalyptus in a diffuser, to assist with bronchitis, flu and hay fever.
- Add a drop of eucalyptus to your skin cream, to assist with acne.
- Apply a few drops of eucalyptus to the bottom of the feet, or dilute and massage into the back to reduce fever.
- Eucalyptus radiata may also be applied to Herpes simplex lesions. Some sources say this works best when mixed with bergamot oil (although, I've found that melissa oil is truly outstanding for Herpes). Dilution might be required.
Modern research into eucalyptus oil
One study found that spraying a 2% concentration of eucalyptus oil (mixed with water) into contaminated air was effective at killing 70% of staphylococci bacteria. There have also been numerous studies into the anti-viral properties of eucalyptus oil.
Eucalyptol, Eucalyptus radiata's primary active constituent, is used in many pharmaceutical preparations, mouthwashes (like Listerine®) and OTC cold and flu remedies; however, a synthetic form is generally used. Yet, studies have found that the natural form of eucalyptol is more effective.