Almost all eucalypts originated in Australia, where they constitute approximately 75% of all tree flora. Many now grow wild in several parts of the world.
Citriodora is the variety of Eucalyptus with a citronella-like scent. It is the essential oil with the highest content of citronellal, (65- 80%). It is therefore very popular as an insect repellent. Its effectiveness is rivaled only by essential oil blends. In fact, this potent oil is part of what makes Amrita's Bugs BeGone so effective.
Eucalyptus Citriodora Essential Oil has strong purifying abilities and specifically benefits skin, respiration and immunity. Its powerful effects make Eucalyptus Citriodora a household staple.
“Eucalyptus, mint, lavender, and rose are the most well-known fragrances in the treasure chest of essential oils. Nearly everyone can identify at least one of these by smell alone. The scent of eucalyptus oil reminds us of medicine and illness because many medicinal preparations contain eucalyptus. The healing power of eucalyptus is broad and wide-ranging.” Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi.
Following is a list of conditions that Eucalyptus Citriodora addresses:
How to Use
- Skin Care: Athletes foot, herpes, dandruff, cuts, sores, ulcers, insect repellent
- Respiratory System: Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, congestion, sinusitis
- Immune System: Colds, fevers, flu, infections, sore throat, laryngitis, throat and mouth infections
For use on the skin (Topical Application), dilute up to 3-5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil; 2%, the most commonly recommended strength, is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil.
- Colds: Diffusion.
- Bronchitis: Topical Application on chest and back, a total of 3-5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil.
- Stuffy nose and mucous congestion: Steam Inhalation.
- Asthma: Direct Inhalation from the diffuser on a regular basis.
- Sore throat: Diffusion.
- Skin: Topical Application on areas of concern.
Eucalyptus Essential Oils have been found to be non-irritant and non-sensitizing to the skin; however, they are poisonous if ingested, and even small amounts can be fatal. Not appropriate for use with babies and small children.
Use essential oils only in diluted form on the skin and never internally. Always be careful when using essential oils with children. Give them only low doses, or better, consult a qualified aromatherapy expert before using. Also, use essential oils with care and only under the proper guidance of an expert while pregnant or if you have liver damage, epilepsy, cancer or other serious health problems. Origin
Outside Australia, Eucalyptus is a fairly modern discovery for the rest of the world. It was first distilled for use as an essential oil in 1854. Eucalyptus was later utilized to prevent disease during World War I and was also used to control outbreaks of illnesses such as influenza and meningitis.
“An attractive, tall, evergreen tree with a smooth dimpled bark, blotched in grey, cream and pink, [it is] cultivated as an ornamental. The trunk grows fast, straight and to considerable height, and is used for timber. The young leaves are oval, the mature leaves narrow and tapering.” The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Julia Lawless.