Aroma: Lemony and citronella-like
Latin Name: Eucalyptus citriodora
Country of Origin: India
Cultivation Method: Harvested from wild growing plants
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Extracted From: Leaves
Perfumery Note: Top
Aromatherapy Properties: Fresh, deodorizing, and light
Suggested Use: This essential oil can be used to help deter biting insects. Or, the light aroma can be diffused to help freshen the air or open breathing.
History: Commonly referred to as "Fever tree," the British colonists who settled in Australia would plant eucalyptus groves to help keep insects and thus contagious diseases at bay. Being highly water-hungry plants, the eucalyptus trees also aided in drying out waterlogged soil to reduce the breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Today 75% of all trees grown in Australia are of the eucalyptus family.
What is the difference between Eucalyptus globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora?
- E. globulus smells strongly camporous and herbaceous, and consists of about 80% 1,8-cineole. It is useful for opening breathe, cleaning, and repelling insects. Avoid around children, breast feeding women, and certain health conditions. It ihas these contraindications related to its high cineole content.
- E. radiata is similar to E. globulus, but has about 67% cineole, with alpha terpinene, limonene, and pinene to give it a clean eucalyptus scent with notes of citrus and floral. It has the similar uses and contraindications to E. globulus.
- E. citriodora has an aroma that is light, and lemony sweet. It is about 75% citronellal and citronellol, and is generally safe around kids. E. citriodora is useful to add to cleaning recipes and to deter insects.
Specific Safety Information: Not for internal use. Always dilute essential oils with use. Some essential oils may be contraindicated with certain medical conditions. May cause skin irritation if oxidized. Store essential oils in an airtight container away from sunlight. Ask your doctor if you have any questions before use.