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July 22, 2019

This or That: Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is one of those essential oils that just about everyone is familiar with simply because of its commonality and incredible effectiveness. This classic essential oils is one of our favorites. Eucalyptus works as a natural remedy to a host of concerns or issues, but did you know that there are several different types of Eucalyptus oil? Even though each is similar in chemical makeup and benefits, there are some key differences that would cause you to choose one type of Eucalyptus over another, depending on your needs. 

While you may be familiar with Eucalyptus and some of is benefits, by the end of this post, you will be more of an expert on what makes our Eucalyptus oils different from each other, and how to know which type of Eucalyptus to use for your daily needs. 

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Originating from the continental island of Australia, Eucalyptus is an incredible and popular essential oils that people have used for many generations. Today, there are several different types of Eucalyptus essential oil, each coming from their own type of Eucalyptus tree. While there are several hundred types of Eucalyptus trees, we certainly don’t have that many Eucalyptus essential oils. However, we do have a handful, and the most common Eucalyptus oils include Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Eucalyptus Citriodora. 

At Rocky Mountain Oils, we are pleased to offer both Eucalyptus Radiata and Eucalyptus Citriodora, as well as Organic Eucalyptus essential oil. 

Eucalyptus essential oil is very strong, and it offers many benefits. Some of its most common uses include: 

Eucalyptus Radiata

While all Eucalyptus essential oils offer very similar benefits, each different type of Eucalyptus oil has a slightly different chemical makeup and can be better than others for certain needs. Eucalyptus Radiata essential oils is perhaps the most well-known type of Eucalyptus, and it has many nicknames, including Gum Tree and Narrow-Leafed Peppermint. Many consider Eucalyptus Radiata to be the most versatile of the Eucalyptus oils. It has a fresh, clean aroma that is slightly gentler than other Eucalyptus aromas. 

Eucalyptus Radiata is made up of 60-70% cineole, a terpene that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This particular Eucalyptus oil also contains alpha-pinene (another anti-inflammatory) and limonene. It also contains a variety of alcohols and aldehydes, which make it gentler on the skin than other kinds of Eucalyptus oil. 

Generally speaking, you should pick Eucalyptus Radiata when you experience any sort of issues with proper breathing or congestion. We also suggest picking up Eucalyptus Radiata for the following situations: 

Organic Eucalyptus (Radiata)

At Rocky Mountain Oils, we make it a top priority to ensure that our essential oils are pure and free of any adulterants or contaminants. This means that we only work with farms that use natural, chemical- and pesticide-free farming methods. Our USDA certified organic essential oils come from farms that have registered with the USDA and adhere to their guidelines for organic farming. This does not mean that all non-USDA certified essential oils are of lesser quality. In fact, we ensure that every bottle of oil, whether it comes from a USDA-certified farm or not, is truly 100% pure and farmed with sustainable techniques. 

Our Organic Eucalyptus essential oil is essentially the same as our Eucalyptus Radiata oil; the only difference is that it comes from a USDA-certified farm. When you use our Organic Eucalyptus oil, you can receive the same benefits as you would from our Eucalyptus Radiata oil, especially when you use it to help clear your airways and enhance more regular breathing. 

Eucalyptus Citriodora

 This particular type of Eucalyptus oil is known for its slightly lemony scent, which gives it the nickname of Lemon-Scented Gum. Eucalyptus Citriodora has a mild citronella-lemon aroma, which is great for those who maybe don’t care so much for the traditional Eucalyptus smell. 

Eucalyptus Citriodora has a high concentration of citronellal (between 60-75%). Citronellal gives this particular Eucalyptus oil its lemony scent, and it has great antimicrobial properties. It is also a great natural insect repellent, and can help to naturally improve your hair and skin health. 

While Eucalyptus Citriodora is a little more expensive than Eucalyptus Radiata, we think it is a must-have oil for your collection. As we mentioned before, each different type of Eucalyptus oil has its strengths, offering greater benefits for certain needs or conditions. Eucalyptus Citriodora is the best Eucalyptus oil for: 

All Eucalyptus essential oils offer a variety of benefits to care for your daily needs; however, some may end up working better than others in different situations. Next time you reach for your Eucalyptus oil, remember the differences and think of why you want to use Eucalyptus. By choosing the right kind of Eucalyptus oil for your specific needs, you can experience greater benefits and greater overall health. 

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What happened to Eucalyptus Globulus that used to be among your oils?

M. J. | July 22, 2019 | Reply

    Hi M.J. We did discontinue Eucalyptus Globulus from our product line. If you are looking to replace Eucalyptus Globulus we would recommend Eucalyptus Radiata.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | July 25, 2019 | Reply