Seasonal essential oil profile: eucalyptus essential oil

Seasonal essential oil profile: eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is incredibly popular in winter months. This powerful opener is a great oil to have on hand for breath applications, DIY chest balms and winter diffusions.

Extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, this potent and effective essential oil has always been one of the more popular and well-known essential oils. Its claim to fame is in its opening and clearing abilities in connection to breath. Before the popular use of the essential oil, the leaves themselves were heated or steamed to release the volatile oil. Traditionally, it has been used in saunas and steams and the aroma is known to be popular in gyms and spas around the world. Eucalyptus essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of the tree.   



Varieties of eucalyptus

Aura Cacia carries two of the eucalyptus varieties: Eucalyptus radiata in our organic oil line and Eucalyptus globulus in our conventional oil line. Differences between the two — outside of the organic vs. conventional differentiator — are minimal, with the main difference being in the aroma. Both are used in breath applications and in muscle care, but the aroma of the radiata tends to be preferred as the sweet, clean and fresh aroma of eucalyptus leaves. The globulus, on the other hand, is typically considered a more medicinal, strong and sharp aroma. Both can be used in any recipe calling for eucalyptus essential oil, however.



Characteristics and popular uses

Eucalyptus oil is characterized as warming, energizing and clearing. It has a crisp aroma that can be described not only as "fresh and green" but also as “earthy,” “woody,” "medicinal" and “pungent." It blends well with many other essential oils and, due to its complexity, is found in popular over-the-counter sports creams and therapeutic balms. The fresh, opening aroma makes it especially popular for winter usage such as in seasonal diffusions, added to humidifiers and vaporizers, in massage oils and lotions targeting muscle care, and for daily use in showers or saunas.

Aura Cacia Eucalyptus Essential Oil on the conventional side is offered in three sizes: .5 fluid ounce, 2 fluid ounce and in our Discovery Kit at the .25-fluid-ounce size. Our organic eucalyptus is available in the .25-fluid-ounce size.

Enjoy this great DIY recipe for a penetrating vapor rub featuring Aura Cacia Eucalyptus Essential Oil!



Eucalyptus Vapor Rub



1 fluid ounce grapeseed oil
1 fluid ounce jojoba oil
12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
12 drops lavandin essential oil
2-ounce amber glass bottle

  1. Into bottle, measure jojoba and grapeseed oils.
  2. Add essential oils, replace lid and shake gently until contents are well blended. 
  3. Into the palm of one hand, dispense a small amount of mixture and gently rub into targeted areas. Cover with warm towel or heating pad, if desired.

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