Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, and Recipes

Looking for a refreshing new addition to your essential oil collection? Look no further than Eucalyptus Essential Oil! Eucalyptus Essential Oil benefits range from its soothing properties to its ability to clear up congestion. Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day or need a little help breathing easy during the cold season, Eucalyptus Oil can bring ease and relaxation. And with so many recipes and uses available, the possibilities are endless! Whether you’re diffusing it for a fresh scent, adding it to your skincare routine, or blending it into a homemade cleaning solution, Eucalyptus Oil is a must-have for any oil enthusiast. So why not give it a try and see how it can enhance your life?

Extracting Eucalyptus Oil 

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil is extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus plant using the steam distillation method. This is a process where steam is passed through the plant material to evaporate the essential oil, which is then collected in a separate container. It’s a pretty cool process, and the best part is that it preserves the natural aroma and therapeutic properties of the oil. 

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits

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Supports Respiration 

According to a study1, this amazing oil has been found to have mucolytic, broncho-dilating, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a fantastic ally in supporting healthy respiration. Whether you’re dealing with a pesky cough, congestion, or even asthma, Eucalyptus Essential Oil may be just the thing to bring some relief. 

This oil is so great at soothing congestion. That is why we list it in our Top 9 Essential Oils for Cold And Flu Season.

Eases Seasonal Discomfort

As mentioned above, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is thought to soothe respiratory symptoms. Because of this, you can try using this oil when you are feeling under the weather. Many people find that Eucalyptus Essential Oil helps them feel better when they are suffering from seasonal discomforts.


According to a study2, Eucalyptus Essential Oil has antimicrobial effects against many bacteria, making it a great oil of choice for cleaning. It also has a fresh, clean scent, perfect to add to any cleaning recipes. 

Boosts Immunity

The same study2 also showed that Eucalyptus Essential Oil has immune-stimulatory properties. Hence, it can help boost your immune system and prevent illnesses from coming your way. 

Relaxes Muscles

Pain in the muscles and joints can also be soothed with the help of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, especially because of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and spasmolytic effects2. For muscle aches and stiffness, this oil can help when applied externally. Also, check out this helpful blog, Best Essential Oils to Soothe A Headache.


Eucalyptus Essential Oil has a very uplifting and invigorating aroma. It has even been shown to provide anti-anxiety properties3. Because of its soothing and purifying properties, it can also improve mental clarity and focus while boosting your energy. Additionally, it may help clear airways to bring more oxygen into your system to relieve mental fatigue.

That’s why we included Eucalyptus Essentia Oils in The Best Essential Oils for Focus. We also love to use it during workouts or to boost our energy during the day. Check out these blog posts on The Best Essential Oils to Boost Your Workouts and How Essential Oils Can Boost Your Energy to learn more.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Uses and Recipes

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Health & Wellness Recipes

This amazing oil can be used in a variety of health and wellness recipes like chest and muscle rubs, steam recipes, muscle soaks, massage oils, and so much more! Boost your immunity, soothe respiratory discomfort, and ease muscle soreness with this amazing oil.

All-Natural Bath & Shower Recipes

Add Eucalyptus Essential Oil to a bath to help sooth sore muscles, or use it in shower steamers to help wake you up in the morning!

All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s refreshing scent and antimicrobial properties make it perfect for cleaning surfaces and fighting off germs. Mixing a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil into DIY cleaning recipes will leave your home smelling fresh and feeling clean. Your home (and nose) will thank you!

All-Natural Personal Care Recipes

There are so many different ways to incorporate Eucalyptus Essential Oil into your daily routine. Using it with all-natural personal care recipes not only benefits your body physically but also mentally!

Diffuser Blend Recipes

Try some of our diffuser blend recipes using this essential oil:

Roll-On Recipes

If you’re looking for a quick, easy boost during a busy day, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a great go-to. And, with the convenience of roll-on recipes, you can take your self-care routine on the go. 

Other Recipes You Can Try:

Eucalyptus Oil Blends Well With…

Eucalyptus Essential Oil has a very intense, clean, camphoraceous scent. It has a top-note aroma that goes well with Cajeput, Cedarwood (Atlas), Cedarwood (Himalayan), Citronella, Ginger Root, Lavender, Lemon Myrtle, Frankincense, Spearmint, and Tea Tree Essential Oils. It has a thin consistency and is colorless to pale yellow in color.

Simply Earth Blends with Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Did you know that we sell premade blends formulated by certified aromatherapists? Our blends also come in roll-ons. A roll-on is a blend of essential oils mixed with a carrier oil that makes it safe and easy to use on the skin. Here are the Simply Earth blends that use Eucalyptus Essential Oil:

Focus Blend

Aroma: Fresh

Remember how Eucalyptus Oil energizes and fights mental fatigue? That’s why we use it in our Focus Essential Oil Blend.

Try our premade Focus Essential Oil Roll-On to use this blend on-the-go all the time.

Energy Blend

Aroma: Fresh & Invigorating

Because of eucalyptus’s energizing qualities, we put it in our Energy Essential Oil Blend. For days that you feel like you could use an extra boost of energy, pull out this blend for natural energy support. 

Better yet, use Energy Essential Oil Roll-On to use this blend everywhere you go.

Defender Blend

Aroma: Spicy

Defender Essential Oil Blend helps boost your immune system to defend you from illness. It also is great to use in cleaning recipes because of its germ fighting power.

The Defender Essential Oil Roll-On makes this blend easy to use and apply whenever you need some immunity boost.

The Science Behind Eucalyptus Oil

Wondering how we know Eucalyptus Essential Oil is so good at what it does? Well, science! This oil is made up of natural chemicals that are known for doing certain things. 

The main chemical constituents of Eucalyptus Essential Oil are:


1,8-Cineole, more commonly known as Eucalyptol, is a monoterpenoid; a colorless liquid with a fresh, mint-like aroma and a spicy, cooling taste. Because of its pleasant, spicy aroma and taste, eucalyptol is used in an array of flavorings, fragrances, and cosmetics. It is also an ingredient in commercial mouthwashes and is used in traditional medicine as a cough suppressant.


alpha-Pinene is an organic compound found in the oils of many species of many coniferous trees, notably the pine. It is also found in the essential oil of rosemary and Satureja myrtifolia. The racemic mixture is present in some oils such as eucalyptus oil and orange peel oil.

α-Pinene is an anti-inflammatory and is likely antimicrobial. It also aids memory and increases alertness.


Limonene is a colorless liquid and is the major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. It occurs more commonly in nature as the fragrance of oranges and is a flavoring agent in food manufacturing. It is also used as a renewables-based solvent in cleaning products.

History of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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Did you know that the history of Eucalyptus Essential Oil dates back to its discovery in Australia? The magic of Eucalyptus (Globulus) lies in its ability to treat numerous ailments, ranging from respiratory problems to skin diseases. Back then, people minced eucalyptus leaves to make remedies for coughs, aches, fevers, and even dysentery! Talk about a one-stop shop! Nowadays, you can find Eucalyptus in almost any store and is a popular ingredient in cough syrups, toothpaste, and cosmetics. 

What Earthies Say About This Oil

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids 10+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Dogs may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA


  1. Fischer J, Dethlefsen U. Efficacy of cineole in patients suffering from acute bronchitis: a placebo-controlled double-blind trial. 2013 Nov
  2. Sadlon AE, Lamson DW. Immune-modifying and antimicrobial effects of Eucalyptus oil and simple inhalation devices. 2010 Apr
  3. Kim KY, Seo HJ, Min SS, Park M, Seol GH. The effect of 1,8-cineole inhalation on preoperative anxiety: a randomized clinical trial. 2014 Jun