3 Great Ways to Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil

by Andrea Butje on June 10, 2014


I was recently driving through the Limpopo region of South Africa (that is a fun sentence to say!) and I came across a gigantic grove of Eucalyptus trees. We were on a small, windy mountain road and the trees were just next to us as we drove along. They were breathtaking. The smooth trunks, the green of the leaves, and of course the aroma was amazing!

I was immediately inspired to use the little bottle of Eucalyptus oil that was in my travel bag. I always travel with my favorite oils, and Eucalyptus is one of them. I’m partial to the aroma of Eucalyptus radiata, but I also adore Eucalyptus globulus (don’t want E. globulus feeling left out now do we?).

I had some blank inhalers with me, so I added about 10 drops of the Eucalyptus into one of the inhalers and breathed it in. My head was instantly clear, and I felt my breath deepen and my whole body relaxed.

I did promise three great ways to use Eucalyptus in the name of this post so here you go. Note: these are recipes for adults. For kids between 5-10 years old, I recommend using Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) instead of Eucalyptus. 

1. A few drops on the shower floor in the morning, in front of where you stand, to clear sinuses, reduce allergies, awaken the mind (yes it works) and even reduce a headache.

2. One drop of Eucalyptus in a handful of unscented cream rubbed into your back and legs after a hard workout, or if you’re just feeling sore. Muscles love Eucalyptus! They calm right down.

3. Add 10 drops to a blank inhaler (as I mentioned above) to get rid of a stuffed up head, open your sinuses, reduce an infection (that might take a few days of active use), and get rid of tension related headaches. If you do have a tension headache, try rubbing that cream I mentioned above on the back of your neck.

In closing, here is a picture of a Eucalyptus flower. She loves to be admired! What a beauty!

Eucalyptus  flower

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Ivdia Velazquez June 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Can I use Eucaliptus oil with normal saline in a respiratory therapy for a spam in the bronchioles?


Ivdia Velazquez June 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Sorry Eucalyptus… ; )


Andrea Butje June 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

I am sorry, I am not sure what you’re asking….but I can say that Eucalyptus can be both a great oil for respiratory issues and a challenging oil for people with respiratory issues, depends on the situation. If you need more clarification in your situation, feel free to email me: andrea@aromahead.com


Lucia July 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Hi Andrea, I don’t have a inhaler but I fill a glass with hymalaian salt and some drops
of Eucalyptus and flowers essences and breath it. Works well for me. What you think about this? The salt is good?


Amanda Predmore July 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Just to add to this tip list… I use a dab of Eucalyptus (either one works!) on a mosquito bite – it takes the itch away completely!


Kate February 6, 2015 at 10:24 pm

I thought Eucalyptus is toxic … How much/often is too much? Thanks.


Andrea Butje February 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

Eucalyptus is a wonderful essential oil. How much and how often depends on how you are using and what you are using it for. I have a free online class that can help you learn the blending dilutions: http://www.aromahead.com/courses/online/introduction-to-essential-oils


Lisa N. July 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Another (household) use for eucalyptus EO is to put a few drops on grease/oil stains on clothing before washing and it comes right out. I never would have believed it until I tried it. It’s like magic; nothing else has ever gotten out grease stains for me.


Andrea Butje July 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm

That’s excellent Lisa! I love discoveries like that :)


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