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Compare 4 Eucalyptus Essential Oils

by Leah Morgan, Clinical Aromatherapist

Eucalyptus Radiata (E.Radiata), Eucalyptus Citadora (E. citadora), Eucalytus Globulus (E. globulus), and Eucalyptus Smithii (E.Smithii) share the same family roots with over 200 varieties of Eucalyptus trees; however, only about five trees are used to make essential oils.

And, each of those essential oils has properties in common, and differs in many ways as well. Eucalyptus comes from the root word Eucalyptos, meaning “well-covered”, and Eucalyptus essential oil, in general, is useful for overall health and wellness, and treating the body for many conditions.

How are these 4 Eucalyptus essential oils similar? They are useful for respiratory conditions, like colds, flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia. They are effective for cuts, wounds, burns, inflammation and skin infections. All varieties fight staph, E.coli, Salmonella, Candida, H.Pylori, and are excellent disinfectants for the air, household cleaning, and treating the body. They are useful to soothe pain and stiffness of joints and muscles, and make good ingredients for massage oils.

OK, Then How are they Different?

Eucalyptus Radiata:

  • Is absorbed better into the deep layers of the skin to reduce inflammation with strains, sprains, torn tendons and ligaments, cuts and wounds.
  • Is stronger, faster and more effective as a decongestant.
  • Works as a protective immune system booster.
  • Has more anti-microbial effectiveness.
Eucalyptus Smithii:
  • Is more easily tolerated by sensitive skin and nasal passages, especially by babies, toddlers and elderly people who tend to have thinner skin.
  • Is more effective in steam and mist, and can be used for longer periods of time as a preventative measure against cold and flu season.
  • Is a powerful expectorant, used as a chest rub and applied on the soles of the feet.
  • Combines both stimulant and sedative properties so it brings clarity and alertness during the daytime, and calm, restful energy at nighttime.

Eucalyptus Citadora:

  • Its strong anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, anti-infective, analgesic, and nervous sedative actions help with respiratory infections with fevers, bronchitis, pneumonia, rhinitis, laryngitis, and otitis.
  • Since it's rich with lemony aldehyde it has a strong anti-fungal action that can be used for fungal infections – depending on how its administrated.
  • Tested strong against staph. Aureus and E. coli due to its antibacterial agent.
  • Eucalyptus citriodara has the same therapeutic qualities as the other Eucalyptus species, but smells of fruity citronella and lemon.
  • Used as an insect repellent. Apply topically or in a spray bottle.
  • This oil brings an energizing citrus sweetness that is quite different from the typical cooling, penetrating fragrance of eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus Globulus:

  • Considered to be a very antibacterial therefore better for treating respiratory infections – enhances the breath.
  • This is the most common of all the Eucalyptus oils because of its high level of eucalyptal – the therapeutic compound found in Eucalyptus.
  • Eucalyptus has a refreshing and stimulating benefit to the mind, helping with concentration. It also helps with feelings of grief and sorrow, as well as opening the heart and dealing with emotions.
  • Used as an insect repellent. Apply topically or in a spray bottle.
  • Great for household cleaners, just add a few drops to what you already have for a fresh clean boost in scent and efficiency

As you can see, there are good reasons to keep all of the eucalyptus essential oils in your medicine chest, giving your family the very best natural remedies and wellness boosters that Eucalyptus provides.

You can add a few drops to any of your household cleaners and your laundry, too, for disinfecting counters, floors, bathrooms, door handles and more. AND, remember to keep yourself strong and healthy, too!

You can even put a drop or two in your shower or in your body wash, to give yourself a spa-worthy steam treatment to start your day off with a boost to your immune system! Eucalyptus is truly an ESSENTIAL oil!

    Leah Morgan, Clinical Aromatherapist


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