Eucalyptus (Narrow Leaf) Essential Oil
- Distillation Method:
- Country of Origin:
- South Africa
- Plant Part:
- Latin Name:
- Eucalyptus radiata
- Certified Organic
About the Oil: Eucalyptus radiata may be the Eucalyptus with the most broadly therapeutic action and has a wonderful bright aroma.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
A relatively smaller variety of this evergreen species, the 'narrow leaf peppermint' Eucalyptus is native to Southwestern Australia and reaches a maximum height of only 50 meters.
ABOUT THE OIL
The 'Narrow Leaf' or Eucalyptus radiata variety's wonderful aroma and low price help make it the number one, all-purpose, Eucalyptus oil variety.
THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS
From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:
- Eucalyptol vapor on the nasal passages allows for easier & deeper breathing
- Cleanses spaces of conflict & negative energy
- “restores vitality and positive outlook”
- “gives us, inwardly, ‘room to breathe’”
From The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide1:
- Tonic & regulating
- Use in a cooling compress to relieve fever, aches, and pains
- Powerful respiratory support
PROPERTIES OF EUCALYPTUS REPORTED IN PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH
Eucalyptol (1,8-cineol) is one of the most therapeutic compounds commonly found in many essential oils. Named after eucalyptus, it is the primary component of both Eucalyptus radiata and Eucalyptus globulus essential oils. Both of these oils at Ananda are made up of over 80% eucalyptol, making them highly therapeutic.
- Analgesic (pain-blocking)3
- Asthma relief7,8
- Cardiovascular relaxant9
- Cognitive stimulant10
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES
- Eucalyptol was reported to have significant analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, and sedative effects in a study on mice.3
- Eucalyptus essential oil has been reported to have antibacterial, fungicidal, insecticidal, insect repellent, tick-repellant, and herbicidal activities. Due to these activities it has been proposed as an effective natural alternative to traditional antibacterials and pesticides.4
- Both the eucalyptus radiata and globulus varieties exhibited strong antioxidant and antibacterial activity in vitro.5
- 1,8 Cineol (eucalyptol) was given orally to rats, resulting in a significant decrease in the formation and severity of colonic ulcers. These results provide evidence for "the anti-inflammatory action of 1,8-cineole and suggest its potential value as a dietary flavoring agent in the prevention of gastrointestinal inflammation and ulceration."6
- Application of eucalyptol to human cell culture significantly reduced the production of inflammatory cell-signaling proteins that cause over-secretion of mucous in the airway. The authors propose this finding as evidence that eucalyptol may have a role as a "long-term treatment to reduce exacerbations in asthma, sinusitis and COPD."7
- A clinical trial was conducted on patients with steroid-dependent bronchial asthma who were given daily doses of eucalyptol. This treatment significantly reduced the patients' dependency on the steroid prednisone to treat their asthma symptoms.8
- Eucalyptol has also been shown to suppress the contraction of cardiac muscle and may be beneficial for hypertension and heart disease.9
- Eucalyptol increases cerebral blood flow to the brain. Blood flow was found to be directly correlated with the eucalyptol concentration in the blood.10
1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
2 Stiles, K. G. The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy. Page Street Publishing, 2017.
3 Santos, F. A. & Rao, V. S. N. “Anti-inflammatory and Antinociceptive Effects of 1,8-Cineole a Terpenoid Oxide Present in Many Plant Essential Oils.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 14, no. 4, June 2000, pp. 240–244., doi:10.1002/1099-1573(200006)14:43.0.co;2-x.
4 Batish, Daizy R., et al. “Eucalyptus Essential Oil as a Natural Pesticide.” Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 256, no. 12, 10 Dec. 2008, pp. 2166–2174., doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2008.08.008.
5 Luís, Ângelo, et al. “Chemical Composition, Antioxidant, Antibacterial and Anti-Quorum Sensing Activities of Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oils.” Industrial Crops and Products, vol. 79, Jan. 2016, pp. 274–282., doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.10.055.
6 Santos, F. “1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol), a Monoterpene Oxide Attenuates the Colonic Damage in Rats on Acute TNBS-Colitis.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 42, no. 4, 2004, pp. 579–584., doi:10.1016/j.fct.2003.11.001.
7 Juergens, Uwe R., et al. “Inhibitory Activity of 1,8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) on Cytokine Production in Cultured Human Lymphocytes and Monocytes.” Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, vol. 17, no. 5, 2004, pp. 281–287., doi:10.1016/j.pupt.2004.06.002.
8 Juergens, U. R., et al. “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of 1.8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) in Bronchial Asthma: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial.” Respiratory Medicine, vol. 97, no. 3, 2003, pp. 250–256., doi:10.1053/rmed.2003.1432.
9 Soares, M.c.m.s., et al. “Eucalyptol, an Essential Oil, Reduces Contractile Activity in Rat Cardiac Muscle.” Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, vol. 38, no. 3, 2005, pp. 453–461., doi:10.1590/s0100-879x2005000300017.
10 Stimpfl, T., et al. "Concentration of 1,8 cineole in blood during prolonged inhalation." Chemical Senses, vol. 20, 1995, pp. 349-350.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, humidifier, steam inhalation
- It is used for bronchial conditions – it helps fight infection and is antimicrobial. Its high amount of cineole gives Eucalyptus radiata its anti-inflammatory action which can reduce joint and muscle soreness.
- massage, compress, bath, liniment, skincare
- Create a diluted spray (see the article link) for use on your body.
This oil is cooling with fresh, bright citrus-like top notes, a camphoraceous middle note and slightly sweet, cedar-like undertones.
For accurately measuring oils, see our Drops per mL page.
Narrow Leaf Eucalyptus oil blends well with: Geranium Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Melissa Oil, Sandalwood Oil and Thyme Oil.
Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Do not take internally.