Hidden Secrets of Eucalyptus Radiata Oil & the Eucalyptus Radiata Plant

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Eucalyptus Radiata

Botanical name (Latin): Eucalyptus radiata
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Aroma profile: Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil smells slightly camphorous, sweet and fruity.
Perfumery note: Top - Middle
Essential oil extraction method: Steam distillation
Native region/origin
: Australia
Growing habit: 5 metres (48ft) in height
Parts used: Leaves

Benefits of Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Eucalyptus radiata essential oil has a wide range of useful therapeutic properties. It has a powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral action, which makes it extremely useful for all types of infection. When vaporised, its decongestant action helps to clear sinusitis, a stuffy nose or relieve chestiness, as well as helping to stop coughs and colds spreading. It also makes a highly effective insect repellent.Used in massage blends this essential oil is very helpful for conditions such as arthritis, rheumatic conditions and everyday aches and pains due to its anti-inflammatory, stimulating and warming action. Eucalyptus radiata oil is a top note that blends very well with many other essential oils to provide this type of therapeutic action, and it works particularly well with Chamomile Roman and German, Black Pepper, Ginger and Marjoram Sweet.

History of Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Radiata is also known as Narrow-Leaved Peppermint. The young trees have oval bluish-green leaves while the mature trees develop long, narrow, yellowish leaves, creamy-white flowers and a smooth, pale grey bark. Eucalyptus leaves are the favourite food of Koalas, and have been used as traditional medicine by the aboriginal peoples of Australia. Eucalyptus Radiata is preferred over Eucalyptus Globulus because it is less harsh.

The Aborigines used a wide range of natural plant remedies, and these would vary from tribe to tribe according to the indigenous species that were available to them. Wherever any species of eucalyptus grew they were used to heal wounds, cuts and burns, as well as treat various respiratory conditions.

The leaves would be burned and inhaled for the relief of fever or be steeped in water to make an infusion for stomach upsets and cramps. For external wounds and infections, fresh leaves were applied directly where their antibacterial properties would help to kill infection and speed up the healing process.

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