Eucalyptus would be one of the most common essential oils people might think of when it comes to respiratory issues and the winter months, but did you know there are over 600 species? Not all of those are used in aromatherapy but there are still several different ones commercially available, (always check the Latin name of the essential oil to identify exactly which one you have). Some of the most common ones are the ones that are 1,8-cineole rich ones such as Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata and Eucalyptus smithii. Then we have ones that smell of lemon (such as Eucalyptus citriodora). My favourite Eucalyptus – the one I have fallen in love with and turn to the most is Eucalyptus staigerianna (this may also be known as Eucalyptus ironbark, lemon balm Australian or Australian lemon balm). It has such a gentle, fresh green, lemony aroma that reminds me of lemon bonbon sweets. It is very low in 1,8-cineole which is good news as essential oils that are high in the chemical constituent 1,8-cineole may need to be avoided by people with certain medical conditions (such as epilepsy), and shouldn’t be used with babies or young children. Due to some of the naturally occurring chemicals in Eucalyptus staigerianna there may be some interaction with certain medications so its important to consult a qualified aromatherapist before using it.
Research has identified it has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, repellent, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Emotionally it is very uplifting – perfect for times when we feel fed up or lack motivation!
The complete guide to aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia 2018 Black pepper creative: Australia http://www.dropsmith.com
© Helen Nagle-Smith 28th November 2021