11 Surprising Uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil

16-PP-1353-SOCIAL-BlogBanners_Eucalyptus[1] Just try to find an essential ‘oiler’ whose collection does not include at least 1 bottle of woodsy, refreshing Eucalpytus oil.  Go ahead – we’ll wait. :)

Whether you’ve been a die-hard oiler for years or you’re just beginning to discover the many benefits of essential oils, Eucalyptus is, simply put, a must-have.

“Eucalpytus oil is my go-to oil first thing in the morning. The fresh, invigorating scent wakes me right up,” says Social Media Assistant Melissa.

Here’s why we love it.

The History

Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree that’s cultivated worldwide but native to Australia.  The word is derived from the Greek meaning “well-covered,” due to the calyx that initially covers the flower.  Though over 700 species of Eucalyptus exist, the Eucalyptus Globulus, commonly known as the Tasmanian Blue Gum, is the most commonly cultivated for essential oils.

Here’s a fun fact:  Koalas are among the only animals in nature that are adapted for a diet of eucalyptus leaves.  In fact, the leaves are poisonous to most animals.  Adult koalas eat 200-500 grams of leaves each day, and they commonly sleep or rest for up to 90% of the day because the leaves require a tremendous amount of energy to digest.

16-PP-1353-SOCIAL-591x200_V4[2] The Scent

The scent of Eucalyptus Oil has been described as fresh, penetrating and powerfully woody with a hint of sweetness.

Eucalyptus blends well with other tree-based scents like Pine, Cedarwood and Juniper, floral oils like Lavender, Geranium and Chamomile, minty herbal scents like Rosemary and Peppermint, spicy culinary aromas like Ginger and Red Thyme, and fruit-based oils like Lemon and Grapefruit.

Uses for Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus is traditionally used for both soothing and uplifting purposes.  Because of this versatility, it works well in a wide array of household and body care recipes.  Here are 11 ideas to get you started.

#1 – Long Island Nice Tree Refreshing Face Wash

Combine the following ingredients in an airtight glass jar and mix well:

Gently smooth over the face, massaging thoroughly into the pores.  Rinse thoroughly, seal the jar, and store in a cool place.

16-PP-1353-SOCIAL-591x200_V6[2] #2 – Amanda’s 9-to-5 Invigorating Inhalant Blend

In an Aromatherapy Mixing Bottle, combine 8 drops of Bergamot, 4 drops of Rosewood, 2 drops of Lemongrass and 2 drops of Eucalyptus Oil, and mix well.  Inhale directly from the bottle as needed.

Alternatively, add the oils directly to a bowl of steaming water and inhale, breathing normally, for about 5 minutes.


#3 – “Feet Don’t Fail Me” Eucalyptus Foot Soak

In a bucket, a foot bath, or another water tight container, combine the following ingredients:

½ Cup Epsom Salts

15 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

8 Drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

5 Drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Warm Water (Enough to sufficiently cover the feet)

While comfortably seated, place bare feet directly into the water.


#4 –His & Hers Soothing After Shave

In a small mister, spray bottle or glass jar, combine the following ingredients:

1 Cup Grapeseed Oil

8 Drops of Eucalyptus Oil

6 Drops of Tea Tree Oil

5 Drops of Juniper Oil

½ Cup Witch Hazel

1 Tablespoon of Vitamin E Oil

If using a mister or spray bottle, add enough water to fill the bottle to the top.  If using a glass jar, mix in the water slowly until the consistency of your choice is achieved.  Mix well and apply to the skin as needed.


#5 – Melissa’s Magic Fingers Shoulder Rub

In a small bowl, combine ¼ Cup of Wonder Oil, 8 drops of Eucalyptus, 5 drops of Cedarwood, 4 drops of Frankincense and 2 drops of Rosemary Oil.  Mix the oils together and massage over the neck, shoulders and back as needed.


#6 – Delina’s Down & Dirty Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Add the following ingredients to a large bucket of steaming water:

1 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Teaspoons of Liquid Castile Soap

15 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10 Drops of Pine Essential Oil

8 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Mix well and mop the floor with the mixture as needed.

16-PP-1353-SOCIAL-591x200_V5[2] #7 – Fresh & Fabulous Revitalizing Facial Toner

In a small spray or mister bottle, combine the following ingredients:

1/3 Cup of Witch Hazel

2 Teaspoons of Vitamin E Oil

1 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel

8 Drops of Eucalyptus Oil

6 Drops of Tea Tree Oil

5 Drops of Grapefruit Oil

4 Drops of Chamomile in Sweet Almond Oil

Fill the bottle to the top with distilled water and mix well.  Use a spritz or two on the face as needed.


#8 – Not-Your-Mother’s Quick & Easy Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Pour 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, 10 drops of Eucalyptus Oil and 6 drops of Lemon Oil into the toilet bowl, scrub, and let the water sit.


#9 – Glorious Green Post-Workout Muscle Rub

Combine the following ingredients in a small bowl:

Mix well and massage into muscles as needed.


#10 – Weekend Warrior DIY Shaving Gel

In a glass jar combine the following ingredients:

Mix well and apply to the skin generously before shaving.


#11 – Dapper Dan’s Cologne for Marvelous Men

In a small mister or spray bottle, combine the following:

2 Teaspoons of Witch Hazel

1 Teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil

1 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel

12 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10 Drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil

8 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

5 Drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil

Fill to the top with distilled water, shake well to mix, and use as desired.


Not a Do-It-Yourselfer?  Give one of these a try:

Seaweed Body Cream

Organic Breathe Deep® Tea

Sinus Relief Inhaler

Lavender Eucalyptus Natural Air Purifier

Clearing Eucalyptus Body Oil

First Response Essential Oil Blend

Warning – essential oils are not for internal use.  Never apply undiluted oil directly to skin. 

Even more uses for essential oils:

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