Eucalyptus smithii Essential Oil
Eucalyptus smithii essential oil has the most mellow and softest aroma of all the Eucalyptus oils and has essentially the same claimed benefits as Eucalyptus globulus. It’s frequently said in aromatherapy references to be gentler in it’s actions than Eucalyptus globulus and therefor a better choice for children and the elderly but this may not be an accurate characterization since Eucalyptus smithii essential oil is high in the constituent known as 1,8 cineole and some samples will contain as much of this constituent as will some samples of Eucalyptus globulus. 1,8 cineole is a natural constituent of all eucalyptus oils and has strong actions that have raised some concerns about use with children.
Preferring wetter conditions than the other members of the Eucalyptus family, the Gully Gum (Eucalyptus smithii) is produced by steam distillation of fresh leaves. The “gully gum” tree grows rather quickly on low slopes and in watery wetlands where soil stays moist.
How to Use Eucalyptus smithii Essential Oil
Eucalyptus smithii Essential oil can be used as a “single” or in blends, but we especially like to use it in blends. For use in steam inhalations or pocket inhalers, it blends well with True Lavender, Thyme linalool, Tea Tree and Lemon essential oils, for example.
Studies have shown that steam inhalations are most effective when only one drop of essential oil ( or one drop of a blend) is added to a bowl of steaming water and then the steam is inhaled; repeating this several times has been shown to be preferable to inhaling a greater number of drops all at one time.
For topical application, you can add one or two drops of Eucalyptus smithii Essential Oil to a teaspoon or two of vegetable oil or jojoba and rub onto the chest area or onto painful joints or sore muscles. To use in a warm bath, dilute up to 4 drops in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, jojoba, or Castile Soap and gently stir into the water. Do not let the oil-infused bath water get in your eyes; if you have used vegetable oil or jojoba be careful – the tub will be slippery.
We Offer 6 types of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, each with somewhat different use, properties and/or aroma:
- Eucalyptus citriodora
- Eucalyptus globulus
- Eucalyptus globulus – Organic
- Eucalyptus polybractea – Organic aka Eucalyptus Blue Mallee
- Eucalyptus radiata
- Eucalyptus smithii