top of page

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus oil is made from leaves of selected eucalyptus tree species.

The leaves are steam distilled to extract the oil, which is a colourless liquid with a strong, sweet, woody scent. It contains 1,8-cineole, also known as eucalyptol.

The leaves also contain flavonoids and tannins; flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants, and tannins may help to reduce inflammation.

Aside from extracting their essential oils, the bark of the eucalyptus tree is used for papermaking and the wood is used in Australia as fuel and timber.

The essential oil has been around for centuries, and its modern uses are varied. Said to be one of the world’s most useful trees, the eucalyptus can grow 480 feet tall and is found in moist valleys and hilly countries, growing from the deep, rich soil.

Eucalyptus oils are some of the most important fragrance oils. Eucalyptus has a minty moderate scent and citrus overtones. Known for its powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, eucalyptus is frequently used in diffusers. It’s excellent sinusitis and flu cure and is used to alleviate bronchitis symptoms.

Most species of Eucalyptus are native to Australia, and every state and territory has representative species. About three-quarters of Australian forests are eucalypt forests. Wildfire is a feature of the Australian landscape, and many eucalypt species are adapted to fire, and resprout after fire or have seeds which survive fire.

Eucalyptus’s first major use was discovered by Baron Ferdinand von Muller, who intended to use eucalyptus oil as an antiseptic. In 1955, eucalyptus seeds were sent to Algeria by the French government to convert malaria-ridden swamps into dry, healthy soil. The oil became popular in World War 1, when it quelled a meningitis outbreak during the 1919 influenza epidemic.

Eucalyptus oil, later considered to be an essential oil, was used in respiratory medicine. The oil became a popular household remedy for ulcers, burns, and wounds.

Modern uses of eucalyptus oil still extend to medical treatments, yet its pleasing fragrance has made it valuable in both the beauty and wellness world.

In February 2016, researchers from Serbia found evidence supporting the antimicrobial action of eucalyptus. They concluded that a positive interaction between E. camaldulensis essential oil (a tree in the Eucalyptus family) and existing antibiotics could lead to the development of new treatment strategies for certain infections. They hope that this property could eventually reduce the need for antibiotics.

At Young Living we have Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil blends well with Lavender Essential Oil, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Copaiba Essential Oil and Pine Essential Oil. Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil is especially pleasant when diffused.

Some benefits of Eucalyptus oil I found in my research and uses:

Wound care: Because of the oils antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, eucalyptus oil may help protect burns, cuts, insect bites and other wounds from infection and speed recovery. When fashioned into a salve, eucalyptus treats burns, cuts, ulcers, sores, and abrasions. The oil’s consistency lingers for some time, supporting the user for several days. By protecting the wounded area, eucalyptus oil may prevent infections. Apply topically to affected areas.

Respiratory health: May alleviate runny noses, coughs, asthma, and even nasal congestion, eucalyptus oil also aids non-bacterial sinusitis. Patients suffering from non-bacterial sinusitis can use a diffuser to inhale the oil, for quick and safe treatment.

Respiratory conditions such as asthma and sinusitis may be helped by inhaling steam with added eucalyptus oil. The oil reacts with mucous membranes, not only reducing mucus but helping loosen it so that you can cough it up.

It’s also possible that eucalyptus blocks asthma symptoms. But note, for people who are allergic to eucalyptus, it may worsen their asthma. More research is needed to be done to determine how eucalyptus affects people with asthma.

It’s one of the best essential oils for sore throats, cough, seasonal allergies and headaches.

Eucalyptus essential oil improves many respiratory conditions because it helps to stimulate your immune system, provide antioxidant protection and improve your respiratory circulation. Eucalyptus makes it feel easier to breathe when you’re feeling stuffed up and your nose is running because it activates your nose’s cold receptors, and it even works as a natural sore throat remedy. Plus, eucalyptus can help with sleeping when you are feeling congested and unable to breath.

Combine 4 drops of eucalyptus oil, 4 drops of peppermint oil and 4 drips of a carrier oil (coconut oil) to make a homemade vapor rub that you can apply to your chest.

Sinus and Allergy Relief: Combine 2 drops of eucalyptus oil with 2 drops carrier oil and massage on your chest.

Earache Relief: Eucalyptus oil may also assist in earache relief by combining 2 drips of eucalyptus oil with 2 drops of a carrier oil and gently massage the skin around the ear (do not put in the ear).

Muscle Relaction: The essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It is said that if the oil is used with people suffering from lumbago, rheumatism, sprained tendons, and sprained ligaments, that the eucalyptus oil may be quick-acting when rubbed into the skin. Eucalyptus oil is commonly found in skin creams and muscle therapy balms.

Ease joint pain: It is also suggested that eucalyptus oil eases joint pain. In fact, many popular over-the- counter creams and ointments used to soothe pain from conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis contain this essential oil. Eucalyptus oil may help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions. It may also be helpful to people experiencing back pain or those recovering from a joint or muscle injury. Talk to your doctor about if it may be right for you.

Shingles: Eucalyptus oil may be beneficial at reducing pain, itching and irritation from Shingles. Apply topically to skin and dilute by using a carrier oil when needed.

Natural Cleaner: By adding 10 drops to your laundry soap, and/or diffuse to inhibit growth of bacteria and mold in your environment.

Keep the mozzies, ticks, mites, etc. away: Mosquitoes and other biting insects carry diseases that can be dangerous to our health. Avoiding their bites is our best defence. You can make your own bug spray by adding eucalyptus oil to keep away these insects.

Did you know, in 1948, the United States officially registered eucalyptus oil as an insecticide and miticide, for killing mites and ticks.


· To always do a patch test before you use any new oil or product.

· Use the correct dilution when you use your oils

· Consult your vet before starting the use of essential oil on or around your pets

TIP: Turn your shower into a spa by putting 5-10 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil on a warm, damp washcloth and placing it just out of direct contact with the water.

Some diffusor recipes to try out:

· Pure Air:

3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

3 drops Lemon Essential Oil

2 drops Lavender Essential Oil

· Stress Less:

3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

3 drops Spearmint Essential Oil

· Morning Dew:

2 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

4 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Make your own “Vicksrub”:

1 cup of Coconut Oil

20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Please note that this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases.


0 views0 comments