Eucalyptus radiata ssp radiata - Eucalyptus radiata, black oil peppermint, Forth River Peppermint

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Botanical nomenclature: eucalyptus radiata ssp radiata
Common name: Black oil peppermint, Forth river peppermint
Family: myrtaceae
Origin: Australia
Height: 15 – 30 meters
Brightness: full sun, partial shading


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Eucalyptus radiata ssp radiata is extremely valued for the essential oil it produces, being easily distinguished and differentiated from all the different oils from other eucalyptus. It is considered the most therapeutic of all eucalyptus oils

The species is traditionally known for its medicinal properties: expectorant, immune stimulant, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Interestingly, it is reported by therapists that e.radiata essential oil is more effective in treating respiratory diseases and sinusitis than e.globulus; especially with children or the elderly.

The tree is native to Australia, so it is not surprising that this is its main producer of essential oil; widely used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics (the only one that can be used safely in cosmetics), as well as in aromatherapy. Unlike some other eucalyptus, such as e.citriodora and e.globulus, the radiata variety is not grown for large-scale production in other countries, and its essential oil is highly valued.

Used in massages, e.radiata ssp. Radiata, has been shown to be quite effective for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoartitis, relieving the pain of rheumatism and fibrositis.

The young leaves are rounded and in the adult stage they are lanceolate. The part used is fresh or semi-dried leaves.

Also used as insect repellent and in the treatment of insect and lice bites.

It has a slightly minty aroma with citrus and floral notes, which makes it more pleasant and smooth. It is best suited for prolonged use in chronic respiratory conditions, promoting a regenerating effect on lung tissue.

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