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Australia is home to an amazingly diverse range of native plants and flowers, many of which have been used for centuries by indigenous Australians for their therapeutic properties.
Some of these plants are a rich source of essential oils, which are used in aromatherapy to promote physical and emotional well-being. Some of the most popular Australian native essential oils used in aromatherapy include Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Sandalwood and Fragonia.
Eucalyptus oil is known for its refreshing and invigorating properties that target cold and flu symptoms such as congestion. With so many Eucalyptus varieties available as native to Australia it can be difficult to choose between them. Let us break it down for you:
Eucalyptus Blue Mallee – a household staple that’s been around for decades. Made famous by Bosistos, it’s also the eucalyptus of choice for the popular euco-drop lollies. Whilst we don’t recommend ingesting Eucalyptus oil straight we do recommend keeping this one handy for when the winter blues hit or hayfever season kicks up a storm in the sinuses.
Eucalyptus Lemon Scented Gum – a sweet and unique Eucalypt used to purify the body, mind and spirit. Anti-fungal and anti-septic in nature this Eucalyptus oil is a great option for household cleaning products like bench sprays, room fresheners, floor cleaners and even window cleaners.
Eucalyptus Lemon Ironbark – another unique Eucalypt with a bushy lemon odour, relaxes and calms the spirit and mind so is a perfect companion around the house. We love a few drops in the laundry and dishwasher, addition to bath salts and just a general diffuser or oil burner. Ironbark is the new number 1 for 2022 and 2023 in terms of high demand so make sure you get your hands on this one before it sells out.
Eucalyptus Peppermint Gum – a deep menthol eucalypt that can help clear sinuses congestion and relieve cold symptoms. A different approach to the quintessential Blue Mallee, this minty fresh Eucalypt is invigorating and stimulating. We recommend for household cleaners and in wearable perfumes (diluted in a carrier oil such as olive or sunflower).
Tea Tree oil is another popular native Australian essential oil choice, thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is often used to treat acne and other skin conditions, as well as for its ability to boost the immune system and beat those pesky head lice breakouts.
Other popular Australian essential oils include lemon myrtle, which is known for its uplifting and refreshing properties, and sandalwood, which is prized for its calming and grounding effects. Kunzea oil is another popular choice, thanks to its ability to relieve muscle pain and tension and fragonia for its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and emotional balancing properties.
In addition to their therapeutic benefits, Australian essential oils are also used in a range of beauty and personal care products, including shampoos, conditioners, and skincare products – you’ll likely see these in abundance across supermarkets and specialist beauty stores around the world. They are often used in massage oils and blends, as well as in candle-making and other home fragrance products.
If you're interested in incorporating Australian essential oils into your wellness routine, it's important to choose high-quality oils from reputable suppliers like earthYARD.com.au that are pure and free from additives or synthetic ingredients as they come straight from the farmgate. With the right essential oils, you can enjoy the many physical and emotional benefits of aromatherapy and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation.