Learn about Eucalyptus essential oil and how it can improve your health and wellbeing

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus globulus

Plant family: Myrtaceae

Native Region: Australia

Plant Part: Leaves

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Blends well with: Herb and spice oils

Eucalyptus is a bold, minty, and refreshing oil commonly used in cold care products and chest salves to help support the respiratory system and clear breathing. It has a soothing effect and invigorating aroma that refreshes any space. Soothe your senses and purify the air with eucalyptus essential oil.

Soothe your senses and purify the air with eucalyptus essential oil.

Types of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Radiata

Eucalyptus Radiata is the gentler choice of the two, making it an excellent choice for children and those with sensitive health conditions. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus radiata tree. It has a citrusy, clean, and fresh scent. Eucalyptus radiata is best known for helping soothe muscle and joint pain, ease headaches and reduce colds and coughs with its decongestant benefits.

Eucalyptus Globulus

Eucalyptus Globulus is perhaps the most popular and widely used of all eucalyptus oils. It is extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus globulus tree and has a bold, earthy scent. It aids in fighting colds and winter respiratory ailments. It helps to calm coughs and clear bronchial pathways.

Growing Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus, often called gum trees, dominate the Australian landscape, with more than 800 species. The trees are evergreen, with leaves lasting all year.

The History of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is an ancient plant that has been around for millions of years. Australia’s first people may have used eucalyptus as an antiseptic for decades, and the early surgeon used eucalyptus for wound healing. In the 1850s, it was used to help combat malaria, and today you can find it in almost every remedy for coughs, colds, and decongestants.

The Science of Eucalyptus Oil

The major constituents of eucalyptus oil are 1,8-cineol and α-pinene.

Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

1. Respiratory Support

Eucalyptus is best known for its ability to alleviate coughs and colds. Eucalyptus is regularly used as an ingredient in both natural and conventional decongestants and cough aids. When eucalyptus oil is inhaled, the oil reacts with the mucous membranes to loosen phlegm, clear nasal congestion, and reduce irritation.

Blends well with

Blend eucalyptus with cedarwood, lavender, lemon, rosemary, and thyme to support easy breathing.

How to use

Diffuser eucalyptus or apply it, diluted, to the chest and back to soothe your cough and cold.

2. Soothe Sore Muscles

Exercise can lead to inflammation in the muscles and joints, resulting in pain and soreness.Compounds within eucalyptus oil have anti-inflammatory properties that help you recover faster.

Massaging aching muscles and joints with eucalyptus oil can soothe discomfort and ease tension.

Blends well with

Wintergreen, peppermint, rosemary, and lavender oils blend well with eucalyptus and aid in soothing sore muscles.

How to use

Add a drop of eucalyptus to lotion or dilute with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, and massage directly into sore muscles.

3. Boost Immune System

Eucalyptus contains natural antibacterial properties that support the body’s natural immune response. It can help to fight bacteria, foreign particles, and viruses.

Blends well with

Blend eucalyptus with clove, peppermint, and lemon oils for an extra boost for the immune system.

How to use

Diffuse eucalyptus oil or apply, diluted, to the bottoms of the feet.

4. Emotional Support

The refreshing scent of eucalyptus can combat stress and soothe the mind. It stimulates your senses, giving your body and mind a refresh while having a calming, soothing effect.

Blends well with

Lavender, frankincense, and cedarwood oils are the perfect pairings for relaxing with eucalyptus.

How to use

Diffuse eucalyptus to relax and ease stress or apply, diluted, to wrists.

5. Support Focus

By invigorating the senses, eucalyptus oil helps to increase energy, boost concentration, and improve focus. If you’re having trouble staying on task or getting things done, eucalyptus can help clear your mind.

Blends well with

Eucalyptus blends with rosemary, thyme, and peppermint oils to increase focus and concentration.

How to use

Diffuse eucalyptus or take a deep breath directly over the bottle to improve brand function.


It’s important to dilute eucalyptus oil to prevent skin irritation. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant, consult your physician before use. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not ingest.


The fresh, clean, refreshing scent of eucalyptus is the perfect oil to diffuse when you need a boost of energy, brighten your day, or soothe your senses. If you’re looking to freshen up your space, eucalyptus is a great oil to clear the air and provide a fresh scent. Add a few drops of essential oils to your diffuser based on the size of your room and desired strength.

Eucalyptus Diffuser Blends

Fresh Breeze

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Rosemary

Breathe Deep

3 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Peppermint

2 drops Frankincense

Open Air

2 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Lemon

2 drops Eucalyptus

Rise and Shine

3 drops Eucalyptus

3 drops Orange