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Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions, via SustainableBabySteps.com

Eucalyptus oil uses (Eucalyptus radiata) have long been known to include anything regarding the respiratory system, deodorize and more. The oil is created through the steam distillation of the leaves from the shrubs and trees, leaving an aroma that is camphorous, sweet, and slightly fruity. It's strange that I went YEARS really disliking this oil, and then one day found myself practically making out with the bottle. (One of my favorite differs blends with eucalyptus is with equal parts of it and arborvitae. So yum!)

Primary Benefits

  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Supports overall respiratory health
  • Soothes tired, sore muscles
  • Purifying and cleansing properties

Emotional Benefits

Its aroma is more commonly known for it's support of the respiratory system and any issues involving it, as well as many skin related concerns. But aromatically, it has some interesting psychological benefits too. In particular, it relates to a person's willingness to be well. Many people may think that everyone desires to be well, but don't acknowledge the often underlying patterns that keep us perpetuating illness. It might be out of a lack of self-love, feelings of "selfishness", hypochondria, or even a lesson that many people learn that says illness is what gains you love and attention. Eucalyptus oil uses may then include helping a person regain their own health empowerment, self-approval and self-love, release patterns of neediness to those who can't or aren't willing to love or care for them, and even move past patterns that keep a person in a role of victim to people or circumstances.

Complimentary Oils

Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lemon, or Cardamom essential oils.

How to Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Traditionally, eucalyptus oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

How to use essential oils!
Adults Children/Sensitive Pregnancy

Precautions of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Dilute for use with children or infants, and use on socked feet to avoid the possibility of their getting in their eyes. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Combine with Lemon and Peppermint in a spray bottle for an effective cleaning spray.
  • Mix with a carrier oil and rub on chest to assist with clear breathing.
  • While showering, place a few drops in the hands, place over nose, and inhale deeply to clear the mind and promote clear breathing.
  • For jet lag, eucalyptus oil uses include waking up the body with its slightly sweet, fruity, and camphorous aroma. Use topically or aromatically.
  • Make a cooling spray, place several drops in a spray bottle, along with Peppermint oil if you'd like some extra oomph, and spritz over the body.

Inspiration for Using Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Place a few drops in the bottom of your trash can to help prevent or control odor. (Let dry before replacing trash bag.)

Make shower melts to help support respiratory health:


Gradually add water to baking soda until just wet enough to stick together and form a very thick paste. Add in all essential oils and mix well to incorporate throughout. Place in mold of choice (recommend using smallish mold around 1”-2” in diameter. Allow to air dry overnight. Remove from mold and store in air tight container. Drop one in bottom of shower as needed for respiratory comfort.

Purifying Spray: In glass spray bottle; mix, 1 Cup water, 1 Cup Vodka (seriously, use the CHEAP stuff...don’t drink it!), 10 drops each Melaleuca, Lavender, and Eucalyptus essential oils. 


Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Beginner's Guide to Application and Precautions, from SustainableBabySteps.com

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