Eucalyptus Essential Oil


Eucalyptus globulus

Eucalyptus essential oil is primarily gathered from Australian eucalyptus trees, so perhaps it is appropriate that it is most widely used to promote relaxation!*

Applications: Aromatic, Topical


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Eucalyptus essential oil is found in the leaves of the eucalyptus tree.  This colorless oil has a pleasant aroma – light, airy, and fresh – but is only recently gaining ground in aromatic use.  However its medicinal benefits are gaining more attention by the minute, and essential oil users are learning more and more about all of the things that this oil can do!  One of the most popular ways to use eucalyptus oil is to diffuse it or incorporate it into an air freshener to relieve feelings of tension and create an aura of calm.  Its antiseptic properties, combined with its fresh scent, make eucalyptus an attractive addition to homemade cleansing products.  Users have also noted that its vapors can reduce discomfort from respiratory problems such as coughs and congestion.


  • Mix one drop with four ounces of warm water and gargle to ease a sore throat or use as a mouthwash*
  • Add a drop or two to a facial cleanser to purify the skin and reduce the appearance of acne and blemishes
  • Use as an air freshener to kill airborne bacteria
  • Diffuse to invoke a state of relaxation

Directions for Use

  • Aromatic: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Topical: Apply one to two drops to desired area; dilute with a carrier oil minimize the risk of irritation.
  • Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid, or take several drops in a veggie capsule.

Primary Benefits

  • Can improve state of mind by reducing anxiety
  • Can purify the air and household surfaces when used as an air freshener or household cleanser
  • May improve respiratory health*
  • Contains purifying and rejuvenating compounds that can be used in skin cleansers

Aromatic Description

  • Light, airy, fresh

Collection Method

  • Steam distillation

Plant Part

  • Leaf

Main Constituents

  • Eucalyptol, alpha-terpinol


Eucalyptus oil is likely to irritate the skin when used topically; always dilute with a carrier oil to reduce the risk of irritation.  Avoid consuming in highly concentrated doses.  Never substitute the use of an essential oil for a prescribed medication or against the advice of a medical professional.