Different Eucalyptus Oils Promote Deep Breathing
By Caryn Gehlmann
Take a deep breath… has anyone ever given you that advice? It’s actually very good advice if you’re dealing with stress or anxiety. Aromatherapy can help you relax when you take that much needed deep breath. I want to share with you one of my favorites essential oils to promote and encourage healthy breathing, eucalyptus.
Since there is more than one kind of eucalyptus essential oil, you might wonder how to use them. Read on to find out how different eucalyptus oils can benefit you…
The benefits of eucalyptus oils & deep breathing
The health benefits of diaphragmatic breathing are profound. However, the quality of the air we breathe may have made the thought of taking a deep breath stressful! You may be wearing a mask and worried about COVID-19 when in public, or you may live in an area where smoke from fires has made outdoor air hazardous! The good news is eucalyptus has potent properties that have been shown to help with respiratory congestion and tense breathing.
Eucalyptus oil contains a key natural component, 1,8-cineole (aka cineole and eucalyptol) that gives its clean, sharp smell. Research shows that people with respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, have benefited from the inhalation of eucalyptus. The anti-bacterial properties can inhibit bacteria that cause sinus infections, fever, and flu, while the anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve asthmatic symptoms.
But here’s what I really love about eucalyptus… for many, it helps reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, nervous tension, mild depression, and apathy. The scent of eucalyptus is refreshing and rejuvenating so it works as a mild stimulant on days where you’re feeling a bit down. And it helps you take that much-needed deeper breath, transitioning your from the sympathetic nervous system, often referred to as the “fight-or-flight” response, to the parasympathetic nervous system, where your body is able to relax and recharge.
How can you benefit fully from the different eucalyptus oils?
Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs with over 700 different species. At e3, we stock four varieties of Eucalyptus essential oil: Eucalyptus Citriodora, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Eucalyptus Smithii. Each of these eucalyptus essential oils works well for respiratory congestion and infection, immune support, and muscle aches. They all share a strong, refreshing, and camphoraceous aroma.
Here are the different eucalyptus oils…
- Eucalyptus Globulus has a fresh and earthy aroma and is known for its strength, making it a good short-term option.
- Eucalyptus Radiata is enjoyed for its milder, sweet aroma and is a good option for longer-term use.
- Eucalyptus Citriodora has a fresh, lemony aroma used for air disinfecting and is a good choice for nighttime use since it’s less stimulating.
- Eucalyptus Smithii has a crisp, refreshing aroma and is often used in the treatment of muscle and joint aches. Due to its mildness, it’s also often preferred for children and the elderly.
* Avoid Eucalyptus Globulus with high blood pressure. Avoid Eucalyptus Globulus, Radiata, and Smithii during pregnancy and nursing.
Here are 3 ways to use the different eucalyptus oils to promote deep, relaxed breathing:
Inhalation is often the quickest, most effective way to trigger the intended effects in your body with essential oils. Using an essential oil inhaler makes it easy for you to take your favorite essential oil or blend with you! e3’s Breathe Easy blend is a great option to use in your inhaler.
Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil or blend in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to the upper chest and upper back. You can use your choice of eucalyptus or e3’s Breathe Easy blend.
Breathe Easy Shower Mist combines three different types of eucalyptus — Citriodora, Radiata, Smithii, and Peppermint — as each contributes slightly different properties and benefits. Breathe Easy Shower Mist promotes comfortable, relaxed deep breathing, making it an excellent way to calm stress and anxiety and recenter yourself for the day.
If you have questions, our team of clinical aromatherapists is here to answer your questions. And if you’d like to come up with your own unique blend to help you take a deep breath and find a more relaxed state, download our free workbook, The Art & Science of Blending Essential Oils, for step-by-step advice and a coupon for your next order.