And how to choose the right Eucalyptus...

With over 700 species of eucalyptus, as well as chemotypes, common names and different parts of the plant being marketed, it is no wonder that many people struggle with knowing what is good. Not to mention, most companies are labeling the oil all under the genus of Eucalyptus which is incredibly misleading!

What is a Chemotype?

A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry. The perfume varieties mostly contain citronellal, while the species that has been studied to support healthy respiratory system function contain 1, 8 cineole.

In order to know exactly what you are getting, always purchase and use essential oils by the common name and genus species. And of course make sure they are therapeutic grade.

This matters because different species (and chemotypes) may have a different purpose, so the uses of eucalyptus will be different. Frankly, some species may not be suitable for all uses.

~The Different Species and Uses of Eucalyptus Species~

As I said previously, there are over 700 species of eucalyptus; however, not all have been studied to support the mind or body.

The most popular Eucalyptus species used are:

  • Eucalyptus globulus – This oil is commonly known as Eucalyptus or Blue Gum Oil. It contains 60-75% 1, 8 cineol. This is the eucalyptus that is known to provide support for a healthy respiratory system and soothe muscles after exercise. It is originally from Australia, however it is also grows in Brazil, China, Corsica and Ecuador. E. globulus has a fresh and earthy aroma that promotes well being. Dilute 50:50. Can be used as a dietary supplement. Approved by the FDA as a Food Additive (FA) or Flavoring Agent (FL), however, not advised for children less than 6 years of age. Commonly found in toothpastes as well.

  • Eucalyptus radiata – This oil is commonly known as Black Peppermint Oil. It contains 60-75% 1, 8 cineol and is native to Australia. You’ll notice that the constituent make up is similar to E. globulus, but there is a distinct difference in the smell. Radiata is less intense and milder, making it sometimes chosen over E. globulus. Only two out of the six known chemotypes are harvested, CT 1, 8 cineol and CR peperitone. Has a sweet and fruity aroma. Dilute at a 50:50 ratio and this can not be used as a dietary supplement.

  • Eucalyptus citriodora – This oil is commonly known as Lemon Eucalyptus Oil. It contains 40-80% citronellal and has several chemotypes. Although originally from Australia, the trees grow in Guatemala, Colombia, Egypt South Africa, India and China. The trees of Madagascar are high in phenols and the Brazilian trees contain a high percentage of aldehydes. Has an ORAC value of 83,000 µTE/100g. This is the highest value of all the Eucalyptus species. Its fresh and lemony aroma is uplifting. Dilute 50:50. Also can not be used as a dietary supplement. Repeated usage can possibly result in contact sensitization. Young Living created a blend that contains eucalyptus citriodora, RC.

  • Eucalyptus dives – This oil is commonly known as Peppermint Eucalyptus Oil. It contains 35-50% piperitone and 23-30% phellandrene. It has three chemotypes that have different uses: CT cineole, CT piperitone has a minty fragrance and CT phellandrene is traditionally used for insect repellant.

  • Eucalyptus polybractea – This oil is commonly known as Blue Mallee Oil. This tree is grown in France, but native to Australia. It contains 85-95% 1, 8 cineol. The chemotype from the French Tree contains cryptone and smells similar to cumin. Its fresh and earthy aroma is uplifting. Dilute 50:50. Can not be used as a dietary supplement.

  • Eucalyptus bicostata – This oil is commonly known as Eucalyptus Blue. The plant is grown in Ecuador (Eucalyptus Blue) and Australia (Southern Blue Gum). It contains the a high amount of alpha-pinene. It also contains eucalyptol (1, 8 cineol). Some botanists consider this a subspecies of E. globulus; however, this does not have global support at this time. Its fresh aroma is very calming to the mind. Dilute 50:50. Can not be used as a dietary supplement.

  • Eucalyptus staigeriana – This oil is commonly known as Lemon Ironbark (not to be confused with lemon myrtle). This oil contains a high amount of aldehydes (about 51%). You will see it in skin care products and it is very calming.

Which should you choose?

Always choose chemistry over anything else, no matter what other may say. Choose dependability over deception as you may expect me to say, choose quality over quantity or price. In the case of essential oils, you truly get what you pay for.

Uses of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus globulus- Eucalyptus comes from a Latin word "obliquus" meaning "oblique"” referring to the base of the leaf where the two sides of the leaf blade are of unequal length.

Did you know that on Cook's 1777 expedition, David Nelson collected a species of eucalyptus to bring back to the British Museum in London? It is most interesting to me to learn historical data along with scientific facts.

Eucalyptus may be supportive of the respiratory system, occasional aches and pain, muscle spasm, tension in head and neck; joint stiffness due to exercise, muscles (over exercised, sore, tension or stiff due to exercise or everyday activities), sports.

The Spiritual Influence is fascinating as the uses of it includes spiritual transformation as well, bringing relationships into the light. This includes the relationship to our self, to others, to our work, and our God.

It will ask us to look at our patterns that hold us back. Or help us see the ones that come forward when we are around our family or if our buttons are being pushed. Triggers, anyone? As we become aware of this, we are able to bring much needed change and harmony to our relationships.


Similar to how Sacred Frankincense and Frankincense are in the same family, but boast difference benefits, so it is with Cassia and Cinnamon.

Cassia has a grounding and balancing aroma to inspire emotional release. Frankly, it’s an intoxicating and rich aroma- very potent to someone new to essential oils. This potent scent creates a sense of peace and serenity. Serenity now, anyone?

Some practical everyday uses for Cassia include;

• Diffuse Cassia to refresh and purify the air of odors. • Add it to DIY cleaners or Thieves Cleaner to clean dirt and grime from surfaces. • Take your meditation or spiritual practices to the next level. • Diffuse it with citrus and conifer oils to make your home smell amazing.

Cassia has deep history and has been used for centuries.

In the Bible’s Old Testament, Cassia was mentioned as a holy anointing oil. It was a key ingredient in temple incense. “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad” (Psalm 45:8).

It was also used in ancient Egypt and China. It is listed as one of the 50 fundamental herbs of Chinese tradition.

Now, how exactly is Cassia different from Cinnamon?

The Cinnamomum cassia tree, from which we get Cassia essential oil, is from the same plant family as cinnamon—similar, but each quite unique. Cassia has a deeper, sweeter scent with higher levels of coumarin and trans-cinnamaldehyde.

In other words, the amazing benefits we receive from Cinnamon (blood sugar support, immune support, emotion support, etc) are much more magnified in Cassia. Also, the bark of cassia is thicker, whereas cinnamon is thinner with many more aroma layers.

Cassia derived from Hebrew "quddah", meaning "amber" or "quetsioth", meaning "bark like cinnamon". Greek work is "kasia" meaning trees that resemble acacias.

If you are a seasoned oil user, Cassia is a beautiful oil to add to your collection of healing tools.

Soothing Muscle Discomfort After Exercise

The benefits of black pepper include soothing muscle discomfort after exercise, quell an annoying toothache, and reduce elevated body temperature. Emotionally, it is also energizing to the mind while being comforting to the body. Imagine feeling the warmth of a cozy sweater while simultaneously getting a fire lit under you in order to tackle the day!

We all think of black pepper as something we spice our salad or soups with, correct?

While that is perfectly accurate, the benefits of black pepper go way beyond and happily we are able to achieve those benefits with our Black Pepper single oil.

According to the Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide, Pepper was used by the Egyptians in mummification as evidenced by the discovering of black pepper in the nostrils and abdomen of Ramses II. It is reported that mendicant monks of India ate several black peppercorns a day to maintain their energy and stamina. The Medical Reference guide goes on to say that this oil may be particularly beneficial in increasing cellular oxygenation, supporting the digestive glands stimulate the endocrine system and possibly assist in reducing RA symptoms.

Application methods are NEAT to the bottom of feet or dilute with V6 carrier oil and apply elsewhere. Black Pepper vitality may be taken in a capsule as well as a dietary supplement.

EMOTION fun fact- Black Pepper helps to keep negative energy and emotions away, acting as an "angelic shield" while we sleep

What is the Genus And Species? Piper nigrum And so you ask yourself, why is this important? Well, there are over 2,000 species of pepper in the pepper family piperaceae. Many of the species are not suitable for anything but cooking so remember to purchase your oil using the common name and the genus and species. Even though they may share some similar constituents they are not at all the same.

Essential oils that pair beautifully with Black Pepper include- Cumin, Frankincense Fennel, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary and Sandalwood.

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