10 Recipes with Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Eucalyptus radiata

Eucalyptus is a must-have essential oil for the home. It helps with stuffy colds and the cleaning but how else could this wonderful oil be used?



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Eucalyptus in the Australian country

Eucalyptus in the Australian country

1. Steam Inhalation

Put 1 or 2 drops into the bottom of a bowl. Add boiling water and make a tent with a towel to stick your head in! Breathe through your nose for blocked sinuses and a headache, and through your mouth to help with a cough. Add another drop of oil if necessary.

Eucalyptus is the oil to help clear the nasal passage from congestion, so it’s the perfect oil to use when you have a cold.

Puzhen diffuser from the 5 senses series - puzhen.com

Puzhen diffuser from the 5 senses series – puzhen.com

2. Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

“Clear the Air”

Get a fresh approach –

Eucalyptus                   6 drops

Orange                      14 drops

Cedarwood Virginian    5 drops


Eucalyptus         5 drops

Lavender           8 drops

Marjoram           3 drops

Lemon               9 drops

“I Need Ideas!”

Eucalyptus      8 drops

Petitgrain       10 drops

Patchouli         4 drops

Basil                3 drops

“Space Cleanse”

Eucalyptus        7 drops

Mandarin         10 drops

Frankincense    8 drops


lovely legs!

lovely legs!

3. Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

“Hello Day!”

A sweet start –

Eucalyptus       2 drops

Geranium         2 drops

Rosemary        2 drops

Orange            2 drops

“Oh My Aching Legs”

Eucalyptus       2 drops

Rosemary       3 drops

Lavender         3 drops

“A Spiritual Body”

Eucalyptus     2 drops

Frankincense  2 drops

Lemon           4 drops

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

4. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“I’ve Got the Power”

Eucalyptus                   1 drop

Jasmine 3% jojoba       8 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

“1, 2, 3”

Eucalyptus            1 drop

Peru Balsam         1 drop

Indian Rosewood  1 drop *see my article about this oil here


Koalas MUST have eucalyptus and so must I!

Koalas MUST have eucalyptus and so must I!

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

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Dalbergia sissoo I MUST Have You!

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 Dalbergia sissoo I MUST Have You!

The gorgeous tree Dalbergia sissoo - pic via www.mswn.com

The gorgeous tree Dalbergia sissoo – pic via http://www.mswn.com

While searching for supplies of Rosewood essential oil – Aniba roseaodora, I found this!

Called Indian Rosewood, it

“is an evergreen rosewood tree, also known as sisu, sheesham, tahli, Tali and also Irugudujava. It is native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southern Iran. In Persian, it is called Jag. It is the state tree of Punjab state (India) and the provincial tree of Punjab province (Pakistan).” Wikipedia

I’m a bit excited because I didn’t know an essential oil was produced from this tree and it’s the first essential oil that I know of that comes from a plant in the “Fabaceae” family and the Dalbergia genus. This family is the legume or pea family of trees, and is the 3rd largest family of plants on earth. It is found in tropical and subtropical climates and is widely distributed in Pakistan and India, Iraq, Afghanistan and even Kenya and Tanzania.


The leaf and pod of Sissoo

The leaf and pod of Sissoo

The scent is quite similar to Rosewood, and what makes this essential oil so important is that Aniba roseaodora is still under threat, and supplies of the oil and wood are severely limited. To read more about Rosewood see my article “Rosewood – A Story of Ecology and Conservation”. While we are waiting for sustainable Rosewood trees to mature, this Indian Rosewood can be the savior.

The most information I can find out about the typical analysis of the essential oil of Indian Rosewood is that it is high in linalool, which is found in many plants and essential oils including lavender, basil, cinnamon and palmarosa just to name a few. It usually lends a floral scent to an oil, but of course that is an over simplification. So we can assume this Indian Rosewood is relaxing and could be used in place of traditional Brazilian Rosewood.

The scent is a little spicier than Rosewood, but has very similar sweet, rosey notes too.

The heartwood - pic via wood-database.com

The heartwood – pic via wood-database.com

I’ve also found an interesting database for woods which includes Dalbergia sissoo, which  lists lots of other Dalbergia plants too. Many of the other related species are from tropical climates all over the world. Check it out here.

I have also found an article on the various medicinal uses of the plant which include:

* using the crushed leaf in boiling water to remove dandruff – Pakistan

* leaf juice used for eye and skin ailments in Ayurveda

* again the juice of the leaf proved to be anti-inflammatory and analgesic


I am reluctant to give you recipes until I’ve used the oil myself, but in the meantime, get excited! I’m looking forward to talking more about this oil in the future.

Thanks scent lovers!

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