eucalyptus essential oils

The Various Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oils

Todd Warwick

You may have heard of eucalyptus, a popular essential oil recognised worldwide. This essential oil is versatile with its minty forest scent. You can use it as a scent anywhere in your home or enjoy its health and beauty perks.

This article will run you through everything you need to know about eucalyptus essential oils and how to use them.

Understanding Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil comes from the dried, crushed, and distilled leaves of eucalyptus trees. The eucalyptus tree is part of the Myrtaceae plant family and is native to Australia. You may have seen some cute koalas munching on eucalyptus leaves.

There are varieties of eucalyptus trees used to make this oil. A common variety is the lemon eucalyptus tree, whose oil is combined with para-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD) to ward off pests like mosquitos and ticks.

How Is It Used?

There are various ways to use eucalyptus oil, including the following:

  • You can dab a few drops of preblended eucalyptus essential oils on your skin to enjoy its skin moisturising benefits. You can also use pure eucalyptus essential oils combined with a cup of olive, coconut, or almond oil.
  • Eucalyptus is added as an active ingredient in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and chewing gums to give you fresher breath and healthier teeth.
  • If you have an essential oil diffuser, you can add a few drops of essential oil to enjoy the aromatherapy effects of eucalyptus.
  • You can also use it as a bug repellant by adding 40 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into ½ cup of water and ½ cup of witch hazel. Put this solution in a spray bottle, and you are good to go. However, you should be careful as this can be toxic for children and pets.

Benefits of Using Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus is popular for its various benefits, such as:

Antibacterial Properties

Studies have proven that eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial properties that curb pathogenic bacteria in the upper respiratory tract. This includes the bacteria linked to infections such as pneumonia, meningitis, and cellulitis.

Stimulating Hair Growth

Due to its antimicrobial properties, applying eucalyptus oil to the hair can help hair and scalp health. It can ease dandruff, itchiness, dryness, scaliness, and redness in the scalp. Some people even believe that eucalyptus can stimulate healthy hair growth.

Pain Relief

Eucalyptus oil is a great pain reliever when applied topically. It can help with swelling, inflammation, and discomfort. This is why this ingredient is included in many over the counter (OTC) pain creams for arthritis. 

Clearing Congestion

If you have the sniffles, eucalyptus oil can be your best friend. It can help relieve cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, and there is research to prove that it can expand the bronchioles and bronchi of the lungs. This is useful if you have asthma or rhinosinusitis.

Reducing Anxiety

If you are feeling stressed or have anxiety issues, eucalyptus can effectively decrease activity in the sympathetic nervous system. This stress response system causes you to be tense and alert during stressful situations. However, you can calm down, relax, and reduce stress with eucalyptus oil.


Eucalyptus is a practical and versatile essential oil. It has several health benefits and can be used in various ways. You can use it alone or with other essential oils. Eucalyptus is a must-have essential oil for every essential oil collection.

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