Eucalyptus oil is highly beneficial for many applications, and its fresh scent is quite pleasant. It’s generally used for upper respiratory issues as well as soothing physical and emotional distress.
There are over 700 species of Eucalyptus and mostly all native to Australia
Eucalyptus Globulus Also known as Blue Gum Eucalyptus, this is the most common type. It’s strong refreshingly earthy scent is best for coughs and colds, pain, and is known for being a superior insect repellent. This essential oil is distilled from the leaves and small branches of these tall evergreen trees. This oil is NOT advised for children under six years old. You can use this oil in a diffuser or added to carrier oils to be massaged on the skin. It’s great at helping with sore muscles after workouts. It may have antibacterial and antidepressant properties that other varieties do not. Try adding a few drops of this oil to your carpet cleanser to get a fresh, deep clean in your home. You can also make shower bombs with Globulus oil which dissolve in the hot water and help clear sinus blockages.
While this oil contains many of the same compounds as the Globulus variety, this oil is milder and safe for use around babies and young children. Smithii has a lighter scent, and is overall less potent than Globulus. It’s useful for the same applications in respiratory issues and pain, though it’s less effective as an insect repellent due to its milder aroma. It’s less likely to cause a skin reaction because of this as well. Some say that this variety is better when a viral infection is present. Smithii is also more of a soothing oil, and can help when relaxation is needed or when you are having trouble sleeping. If you want an antibacterial hand soap but don’t want to use harsh chemicals, a few drops of this oil in your favorite soap will do just the trick.