Although Eucalyptus Radiata shares a common cineole aroma with other eucalyptus oils, analytically it is unique. The primary difference is the presence of the constituent, piperitone, also a component of peppermint. Other than that the aroma is quiet similar to Eucalyptus Globulus, which has the traditional eucalyptus aroma. Davis notes that radiata is more easily assimilated and less likely to irritate the skin or mucus membrane (Davis).
Plant Origin: Australia
Method: Steam distilled from leaves
Actual Key Constituents
alpha-Terpinyl acetate 2.21%
Eucalyptus Radiata is very similar to Eucalyptus Globulus; they only differ in minor components. E. radiata is often preferred for children over the common E. globulus, because it is more gentle. It is a powerful antiviral oil that is "child safe" and controls microbes, fortifies resistance and general immunity.
Properties and Usage
Eucalyptus Radiata is antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, anti-inflammatory
It is useful for respiratory and sinus infections, bronchitis, coughs, is a decongestant, is helpful for rheumatism, arthritis, joint and muscle pain. Combine Eucalyptus Radiata with Bergamot to effectively fight Herpes simplex. Acne, immune system stimulent, flu, ear infection, vaginitis.
Viruses: Penoel suggested that a-terpineol and the oxide 1,8 cineole should be administered. The oils suggested in which these constituents are found are Bay Laurel, Eu. radiata and Niaouli.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage):
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern, bottoms of feet or as desired. Many sources indicate Eu. radiata is the oil of choice for infections of the upper respiratory system. Aromatherapist, Valerie Worwood includes Eucalyptus Radiata in the basic care kit for children (Aromatherapty for the Healthy Child page 35), but Tisserand warns that "Essential oils high in 1,8-cineol or menthol can cause CNS and breathing problems in young children, and should not be applied to or near their faces."
Inhalation: Diffuse. It can typically be inhaled very closely without triggering a cough reflex.
Internal: Eucalyptus Radiata is suitable for internal use within safe parameters. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. Eucalyptus Radiata is used in toothpastes and blends that are considered safe for internal usage. Click here for information about internal usage.
1. I had a plugged ear and runny nose today and I rubbed Eucalyptus oil on the bottom of my feet. About 10 minutes later my body felt really hot. A bit later, I have no plugged ear or runny nose. Praise the Lord! - Francine
Heritage Essential Oil blends with Eucalyptus Radiata
Avoid contact with the eye. Essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eye and skin. Essential oils are hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Wiping with carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eye. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your doctor if necessary.
Davis, Patricia, Aromatherapy: An A-Z, 2nd edition, page 114-116.
Price, Len; Price, Shirley (2011-11-11). Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 656 .