Have you ever walked along the Santa Barbara coast just after its rained?
The air is fresh with the cool, crisp smell of Eucalyptus, which fills the air from groves planted throughout the county. It is the tallest flowering plant on the earth, with over 700 species, most originating in Australia. Brought to California during the Gold Rush with promises to provide a thriving lumber industry and to support the booming railroads, Eucalyptus never delivered on that endeavor. Instead, it has been grown and harvested mainly for its oil properties, which are both a natural insecticide and disinfectant. Since 1854, Eucalyptus Radiata has been commercially harvested for its oil, and we see it everywhere today from household products to the spa.
Eucalyptus has a wide range of use. As a natural disinfectant, it is perfect for household cleaning products such as soap, laundry detergent, mop water, toilet and window cleaners and killing mold. Its great for removing grease, grime and gum. When diffused, its crisp smell can aid respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia, and even tuberculosis. When added to your gargle, it can help with throat issues such as Sinusitis.*
There’s no denying the healing properties the scent provides. Used in spas across the globe, eucalyptus oil relives tension, promotes relaxation, reduces inflammation, nourishes skin and hair, and stimulates the senses. Eucalyptus is a terpenoid— a botanical property found in many plants used for their aromatic qualities, and are used in traditional herbal remedies (these also include turmeric, mustard seed, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, menthol, camphor, and cannabinoids). Approximately 60% of natural products contain terpenoids.
I highly recommend making the trip to Santa Barbara and visiting the Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove. Every winter, millions of Monarch butterflies flock to the Eucalyptus Groves planted along the shore and hang from the branches in massive clusters. The scent of the trees envelopes you, and the miracle of the Monarch is absolutely fascinating to be a part of.
I also believe that you will love your own bottle of dōTERRA Eucalyptus Oil, bringing that cooling, woodsy scent into your home, transporting you instantly to the Santa Barbara coast.