Eucalyptus Radiata Organic Essential Oil (Narrow leaf )
- Botanical Name: Eucalyptus radiata A.Cunn. ex DC.
- Origin: South Africa
- Process: Steam Distilled Essential Oil
- Plant Part: Leaves
- Cultivation: Wild Grown, Certified Organic (USDA, NOP)
- Use: Aromatherapy / Natural Perfumery. Always dilute.
- Note: Top Note
- Aroma Family: Medicinal, Herbal
- Aroma: Refreshing, very diffusive, penetrating, cineolic with subtle citrus and peppery-floral overtones.
- Contraindications: Use with caution; please see important Safety Considerations below.
Safety Considerations: Although we consider Eucalyptus – Narrow Leaf to be the least problematic of our cineole-rich Eucalyptus oils for aromatherapy use, we recommend using it with caution. Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children under 10 years of age. Tisserand recommends a maximum dermal use level of up to 20%. However, we recommend a much lower maximum dermal use level of 5-10%. Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
Eucalyptus Narrow Leaf Essential Oil
The pleasant smell and valuable chemical constituents of our Narrow Leaf Eucalyptus makes it our favorite Eucalyptus essential oil – its aroma is refreshing, very diffusive, penetrating, cineolic, with subtle citrus and peppery-floral overtones. Narrow Leaf Eucalyptus is also known as Grey, Black or Narrow-Leaved Peppermint Eucalyptus; its aroma is more complex and generally more pleasing than the aroma of Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). It is extremely beneficial for the respiratory system and provides gentle yet superb immune support that is particularly appropriate for children and elders.1
For hundreds of years, the Aborigines of Australia have used the leaves of Eucalyptus for their antiseptic and healing actions.2 In the mid-1800s, groves of Eucalyptus trees were planted in one of the most swampy and unhealthy districts of Algiers, North Africa – a brilliant botanical strategy – to halt the spread of malaria. The trees required large amounts of water to thrive, thus lowering the water table and eliminating breeding habitat for malaria-carrying mosquitoes as well as repelling these insects with the aroma exhaled from the leaves.3,4
The radiata species of Eucalyptus has an almost comical look – a compact crown, dense canopy and thin papery bark shredding in long, colorful ribbons. But thanks to Joseph Bosisto, a 21 year-old pharmacist looking for gold, it was the first of the Eucalyptus species (then known as E. amygdalina5) commercially utilized for oil production in Australia in the mid-1800s. At that time, it was the only distinctively Australian product listed in the British Pharmacopeia. Since then, other Eucalyptus species (namely E. globulus, E. polybractea and E. australiana) have superseded E. radiata with regard to higher yields of oil, and it is from these species that most of the current Australian Eucalyptus oils of commerce are now produced.6
For information regarding the aromatherapeutic attributes of Narrow Leaf Eucalyptus essential oil, please see:
- L'Aromathérapie Exactement, Pierre Franchomme and Dr. Daniel Pénoël, 1990, p. 352.
- Essential Oils – A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2012, p. 190.
- Aromatherapeutic Blending: Essential Oils in Synergy, Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2016, p. 266.
- Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 2nd ed., Shirley and Len Price, 1999, pp. 325-6.
- Medical Aromatherapy – Healing with Essential Oils, Kurt Schnaubelt, 1999, p. 244.
- Advanced Aromatherapy – The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Kurt Schnaubelt, 1998, p. 67.
- Aromatherapy – An A - Z, Patricia Davis, 1988, p. 113.
- "Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of Eucalyptus radiata leaf essential oil, sampled over a year," GD Mahumane, SF van Vuuren, et al., J Essential Oil Res, 2016, DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2016.1175386, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301798391_Chemical_