Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)
It probably comes as no surprise that Eucalyptus would be the oil of Wellness, as it's a common go-to oil for aromatherapists when dealing with illness. Especially illnesses such as colds, congestion, and allergies. Eucalyptus has a strong influence on the throat, both physically and emotionally and it's a strong supportive oil for the Throat Chakra.
Emotionally, Eucalyptus is supportive for those who are often getting sick. It is not only a helper for these individuals actual physical ailments but also for the emotional baggage of feeling that they are "always sick", or "I can't ever seem to get better", or "I only get attention when I'm sick". Eucalyptus helps with the confidence to let go of these beliefs and break the cycle of being ill.
Eucalyptus is most commonly associated with Australia, where it's a favorite food of koalas! But Eucalyptus is also found in Spain, China, and I've even seen it grown places here in the U.S. The essential oil of Eucalyptus is made by distilling the oil of the leaves.
Eucalyptus has a fresh, clean, green scent and is a common essential oil used in spas. Dried Eucalyptus leaves and branches are beautiful in floral arrangements.
One of my favorite ways to use eucalyptus is with a steam. This can be super helpful if you're feeling congested.
Put one drop of therapeutic grade eucalyptus essential oil in a steaming bowl of hot water. Place the bowl on a table and sit in front of it, leaning over the bowl. Drape a towel or blanket over your head, also enclosing the bowl, so that you're trapping the steam inside your towel "tent". Relax and breathe deeply!
Make sure to be careful with the hot water, and don't use more than one drop of the oil.