The eucalyptus is a holy tree for Australian Aboriginals. For them it represents the division of underworld, Earth and heaven. At a spiritual level the eucalyptus has a purifying effect. Negative energy disappears in the place where you burn a eucalyptus leaf. — from The Joy of Plants
The essential oil today starting with letter “E” is Eucalyptus. There are 4 main oils from 4 different trees. For all of them the oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the tree. All 4 are from the plant family Myrtaceae.
Eucalyptus globulus (from the blue gum tree). The oil is thin, colorless to pale yellow. It is good for respiratory infections, bronchitis, infectious disease, urinary tract infections, cysitis, and parasitic infections. It should be used on seniors and those convalescing. Avoid using it while pregnant or nursing.
Eucalyptus citriodora and corymbia citriodora (from the lemon scented or spotted gum tree). It’s a valuable tree for more than just essential oils. The oil is colorless to light yellow and has an intense citrus, balsamic aroma. Good for muscular injury, fungal skin infections, bacterial skin infections, sores, wounds, and more. There are no warnings for use.
Eucalyptus dives (from the broad-leafed peppermint tree). Oil is thin pale yellow, with a woody balsamic aroma with a note of peppermint. Good for respiratory infections, sinusitis, influenza, fever, headache, migraine, abdominal cramps, leg cramps, menstrual cramps, neuralgia, cellulite, head lice, fatigue, exhaustion. Avoid using it while pregnant or nursing.
Eucalyptus radiata, aka Eucalyptus Australiana (from the river white gum tree). Oil is thin and colorless to yellow with softer eucalyptus aroma with woody note. There are more oil glands in this type than the others. It is the most appropriate for general aromatherapy. Good for respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, colds, fever, asthma, flu, mental exhaustion, fatigue, and as a general stimulant and tonic. There are no warnings for use.
General Insect Prevention Blend
(put oil drops in a spritzer then fill bottle with water and spray around house)
Eucalyptus lemon (citriodora) 20 drops
Basil 10 drops
Lavender 10 drops
Geranium 5 drops
Peppermint 5 drops…
All information (except photos) are taken from:
—The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, by Valerie Worwood