Botanical Name: Eucalyptus radiata
Origin: South Africa
Part Used: Leaves
Process: Steam distilled
Plant Description: Native to Australia and Tasmania; naturalized in many parts of the world. There are over 700 species of Eucalyptus, most are native to Australia. Eucalyptus radiata is a medium tall tree growing 100-150 feet in height with cream colored flowers appearing in the summer. The leaves are long, thin, and tapered. Commercially, the trees are topped beginning when they are 3-4 years old; this is repeated for 7-8 more years to force well-developed lateral branching and large trunks. Leaves are harvested two or more times each year by cutting off branches; the leaves and twigs are harvested from the branches at the distillery.
Oil Description: Colorless mobile liquid (turning light yellow with age). Eucalyptus radiata has a slightly harsh camphoraceous aroma with a woody undertone.
Historical/Traditional Uses: Eucalyptus was traditionally used in households across Australia as a remedy for respiratory illnesses. Because of their cooling effect, the Aborigines burned the leaves of E. radiata as a fumigant to relieve fevers. In 1854, E. radiata was the first eucalyptus species to be used commercially for its oil by Joseph Bosisto, a Melbourne pharmacist. Eucalyptus trees were first brought to California by Australians arriving during the gold-rush of the 1850s with the hope that the fast-growing trees would provide a renewable resource for timber.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, E. radiata is useful in treating insect bites and stings, burns blisters, herpes, poor circulation, muscular aches and pains, the entire respiratory system, cystitis, ’flu, headaches, fevers, and with tea tree to help heal athlete’s foot. In perfumery, E. radiata blends well with cedarwood, coriander, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, melissa, pine, rosemary, and thyme.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Externally: non-toxic, not irritant, non-sensitizing. This oil interferes with or negates homeopathic treatment – do not use both at the same time. Best avoided by those who suffer from high blood pressure and epilepsy. “When taken internally, eucalyptus oil is toxic and as little as 3.5 ml has been reported as fatal.”
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this or any products from Ancient Ways Botanicals. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. For external use only. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products.