Eucalyptus is a highly popular scent that has been used for centuries. Its many positive aspects and applications help make it one of our most-loved essential oils. Read on to learn more about this invigorating -- yet soothing -- multitasker!
There are many (more than 700!) types of eucalyptus, each of which has a different essential oil. The eucalyptus used by Nature’s Fusions comes from a species known as eucalyptus radiata. Most people are familiar with a closely-related species called eucalyptus globulus, which is frequently found in medicinal treatments.
Nature’s Fusions carries eucalyptus radiata because it has been found to be safer for use on children, as well as more effective in various applications.
According to EUCLID Second Edition Eucalypts of Southern Australia, the first botanical documentation of eucalyptus occurred in 1770 when two British naturalists, David Solander and Joseph Banks, collected samples from an area near the Endeavor River (in Far North Queensland, Australia) while on an expedition with Captain James Cook.
The plant was named by Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle, who combined the Greek words “eu” (well) and “calyptos” (covered) to create the word “eucalyptus”. This term referred to the protective flower bud that shields other parts of the eucalyptus flower. His name was doubly fitting, as time showed that eucalyptus oil can protect against germs, viruses, and bacteria.
How It Grows
Though the majority of eucalyptus plants are native to Australia, a few species live in other locations, such as the Mediterranean and China. Eucalyptus thrives in warmer, temperate climates and requires large amounts of water to thrive. It tends to cover extensive expanses of land because of its allelopathic effect. This means eucalyptus emits a natural chemical compound that prevents other plants from growing nearby.
How It’s Harvested
Our oil comes from towering eucalyptus trees in Australia. The oil is harvested using a steam-distillation process, where hot steam collects the volatile vapors of the leaves, which is then condensed down to the essential oil.
Just as there are many species of eucalyptus plants, there are also many ways to utilize eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus is a powerful cleaning agent that fights germs and other forms of bacteria, making it a great household cleaner.
Due to its healing properties, eucalyptus essential oil can be used on damaged skin. Our oil contains a high concentration of eucalyptol, which is frequently found in medicinal salves and topical breathing rubs. We recommend using eucalyptus oil by mixing it into a blend or applying it to the skin in a 2-5% dilution.
Eucalyptus oil is incredibly soothing. Simply smell from the bottle and find instant feelings of relief and peace, or diffuse it to create a relaxing, calming environment. It can also soothe tired or sore muscles, encourage sinus relief, and repel insects.
Remember the allelopathic effect that we mentioned earlier? Some view this aspect of eucalyptus trees negatively, because it prevents biodiversity. Eucalyptus trees and oil is also extremely flammable, which presents a problem for dry, forest fire-prone areas like Australia. Additionally, eucalyptus plants also require a lot of water, which can quickly exhaust an already limited water supply in dry areas.
Despite the controversies, eucalyptus oil remains a bestseller throughout the world. Its ability to simultaneously relax and energize the user make it a versatile oil that belongs in all essential oil collections. Click here to purchase yours!