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Learn about 1,8-cineole in essential oils.

The 1,8-cineole content in rosemary is 42%.

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In the last post on Eucalyptus,, I wanted to keep talking about 1,8-cineole because there is so much to learn! Realizing that the blog would be a ramble down a rabbit-hole, I decided to make this a part 2. The chemical component in most eucalyptus is 1,8-cineole. But it is also in Rosemary, Ravintsara and cardamom, so let’s learn more about these Oxides.

The percentage of high 1,8-cineole rich oils.

  • Helichrysum ct. Gymnocephalum 59%
  • Hyssop ct. 1,8-cineole 56%
  • Ravintsara 56%
  • Niaouli ct. 1,8-cineole 54%
  • Cajeput 48%
  • Laurel leaf 46%
  • Rosemary 42%
  • Saro 39%
  • Cardamom 32%
  • Myrtle (red) 31%
  • Spike lavender 29%
  • Rosalinda 29%

There is significant 1,8-cineole content in all the oils listed above, if there are safety concerns with this component it is good know. Always research oils before blending.

In future blogs, I will go into more of the individual oils listed above. For now, I just want to focus on the chemical components.

Helichrysum gymnocephalum is a 1,8-cineole rich oil at 59%. This percentage is almost as high as the percentage in radiata.

Uses for cineole-rich oxides other than a cold.

Cardamom is an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic. It is best used for digestion, but can be irritating to the skin and mucus membranes. Use at a dilution of 1% or less in blends.

Spike lavender has many therapeutic benefits: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal as well as being a decongestant and expectorant. This oil is also high in linalool at 45%.

Ravintsara is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral.

Rosemary is also many of the above, plus a CNS stimulant for memory and alertness. Rosemary is rich in a-pinene at 12% and camphor at 11% which enhances its therapeutic benefits.

So, the point is—if 1,8-cineole is a problem for you, there is more than Eucalyptus to research and be concerned about.

Safety is always the first concern when working with essential oils.

Happy Blending,


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Easy essential oils for children

Orange and lavender are easy essential oils that children love!

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There are some oil blends that are better than others for children.

I have asthmatics in my family, so Eucalyptus globulus is one oil that I use a substitute for often.  In the beginning of my training as a certified aromatherapist that I discovered that my daughter gets a tight chest from smelling the eucalyptus oil. Any time I am using an oil that has any 1,8-cineole, I have her smell the cap from slight distance to see if it causes her to tighten in the chest.

I learned this method from Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute. The Aromahead approach is not to use oils high in 1,8-cineole on children under 5 and used with caution on children between ages 5-10.

It’s easy to substitute oils for Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus).

For children under 5 years old, with Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) or (Cedrus atlantica).

Oils that are easy to use for children–

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) I currently have this version of cedarwood in my box. It is good for respiratory inhalers for children and asthmatic adults.

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) This oil smells like an orange peel! Of course kids love it, it’s uplifting and makes everyone smile. Using sweet orange oil is great because it has no phototoxic issues like other citrus. I covered that in the Fun in the Sun blog-check it out:

Orange-Rose skin cream for children

1% dilution

1 oz. (28 grams) unscented body cream

4 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) oil

1 drop Rose Absolute (Rose damascene)

Add drop by drop to cream, blending after each addition.

Blend well. At a 1% dilution, this is a great smelling body cream.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is almost everyone’s favorite go-to oil. There are other lavenders and lavandins; Spike lavender (Lavendula latifolia) has 13% camphor—has a more herbal aroma than Lavender. It is an easy inhaler to use for alleviating headaches, promoting sleep and relaxation.

A few other safety tips for children:

Remember to only use 7-8 drops of oil in an inhaler, taking care with all the Eucalyptus oils.

To be safe, substitute cedarwoods instead. For a dermal product, always remember to test the area,

and use a dilution at 1% for children.

Happy blending,