A little bit of history and background information before the review… Eucalyptus, according to HealthLine.com, is considered the “Healing Tree”.
“Originally native to Australia, eucalyptus trees are now grown all over the world and used for their medical properties. The healing power comes from eucalyptus oil, which is made from the tree’s oval-shaped leaves.
The leaves are dried, crushed, and distilled to release the essential oil.” [link to read more]
Eucalyptus is better known as the leaves that are eaten by Koala bears in Australia. But the Essential Oil, made from those leaves, has a long history of healing benefits, such as for those with respiratory issues, skin problems – including wounds, circulation for diabetics, receding gums, hair and scalp issues, intestinal issues, insect repellant, etc.
Natural Alternative Remedy has a good list of the health benefits purported with use of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. [link]
I received this 4oz amber glass bottle of Eucalyptus Essential Oil by UpNature. They claim that it is “100% Pure, Gentle and Effective Natural […] Without Any Toxins, No Additives, Unfiltered and Undiluted. Therapeutic Grade.”
It came capped, but also with a convenient optional dropper with glass pipette and rubber bulb. I took the cap off and inserted the dropper, but didn’t realize that the bottle was filled to the top, so ended up spilling a bunch of it all over my hands. Luckily, the smell of eucalyptus oil isn’t awful, this one is a lot similar to a menthol (like one of those menthol-type vapor rubs). So it actually helped to clear my sinuses! LOL! Even though I washed it off with soap and water, there was still a slight residual fragrance on my hands, but I really didn’t mind. Actually, to use some of that excess oil up, I dropped some of it (purposely, haha) onto my aromatherapy diffuser – if you don’t have one of these, they work awesome with essential oils and makes your roomspace smell wonderful (well, depending on what you put on the diffuser pad!). However, you want to be careful not to use too much or it can be overpowering.
The oil is crystal clear and looks much like water.
I’ve mentioned it a couple of times previously, but when I was working with fibers, another scent I worked with a lot, aside from Lavender, was Eucalyptus, because it was a natural pest repellent and would keep the moths from eating them up and laying eggs in the wools, fleeces, yarn, and handknits that I worked with.
This is the first time I’ve heard of UpNature Essential Oils, and in my estimation, the eucalyptus oil seems like the real deal, granted it’s been several years since I’ve used or have been around eucalyptus essential oils. They do have a website, and it says “UpNature was created by two brothers, who hold health in their highest priority, and want to spread it out to the rest of the world. We are a family owned business. We care about you, and we treat our customers as part of the UpNature family.” I’ll also link to their website at the bottom of the post so you can check them out yourself and decide.
I noticed one of the questions asked on Amazon was if this oil was certified organic, and this was the response back from UpNature: “At the moment, it is not. We are working on getting an official certification and it will be done by February 2016. Our Eucalyptus Essential Oil quality is the best in the market and is a therapeutic grade.” Good to know, at least they’re in the process of getting it certified organic.
Again, if you use essential oils, especially if you’re going to be using it on your skin, please use caution – always dilute them in a carrier oil (like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, etc.), using them at full-strength could potentially be caustic to your skin and/or mucous membranes. Once you dilute them, you also want to perform a small skin patch test to see if you may have an allergy to that particular oil. There are How-To instructions via the Internet, but if you need help finding one, let me know.
I also recommend reading this article on uses for Eucalyptus Oil in hair health, also via Natural Alternative Remedy. Excerpt: “Using this kind of oil in one’s hair is generally popular for those with dry, damaged scalps, and in some case for those who might be dealing with baldness. This natural extract is considered by many people to have the ability to support the development of new hair, and control dandruff and light types of psoriasis. In little quantities, it might be added to your daily hair-care regimen to keep your hair’s healthy glow.” They include how to use it in shampoo, as a scalp rub, and in hair masks.
More information on Eucalyptus Essential Oil can be found also on WebMD – uses, side effects, interactions, etc..
*Disclaimer: This product was given to me complimentary in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This evaluation and review is an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
You can purchase this on Amazon:
- UP Nature Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 4 fl oz bottle for $12.79 + free Prime shipping.
Price and availability current as of the time of writing this post.