8 Ways To Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Uses List Breakdown)

how to use eucalyptus essential oil

As we saw, Eucalyptus essential oil, like many pure essential oils, is a panacea for humans and animals alike.  It promotes healing and wellness in several body systems.

Let’s explore the many methods of use of this amazing oil.

1. Respiratory Wellness Steam Inhalation

Using eucalyptus can help open and clear occasional stuffiness associated with seasonal or environmental threats.  It is very active also on occasional sinus complaints.

  • 2-4 cups of water
  • 2-3 drops eucalyptus

Bring the water to boil in a pot, and turn the heat to simmer. Add the eucalyptus to the simmered water.

Make a tent over your head with a towel, and with eyes tightly closed, place your head over the simmer pot-at least 12 inches from the steaming water-and inhale deeply.

Make sure to take breaks every minute, and do not steam for more than 10 minutes overall.  You can repeat this process a few times a day as needed.

2. Eucalyptus vapor rubs

Another excellent way to access this oil’s health promoting powers.

  • 3 drops eucalyptus
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Add the eucalyptus to the coconut oil, or another carrier oil of your choice. Start with 1 drop oil per teaspoon of carrier oil for a child.

Combine the ingredients well.  Double or triple the recipe as needed. Rub the mixture onto throat, chest and beneath the nostrils, and on the insides of wrists.  Children especially may also benefit from having the mixture rubbed into the soles of their feet using gentle massage.

Children and sensitive people may want to try E. citriodora or E. radiata here as they are gentler.

3. Eucalyptus and Lavender Tea Bath

  • ¼ cup dried eucalyptus leaves
  • ¼ cup dried lavender blossoms
  • a muslin bag
  • 5 drops eucalyptus
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Combine eucalyptus leaves with dried lavender blossoms in a muslin bag, or in a clean pouch made from old nylons. Combine the eucalyptus oil and honey, add to the leaves.

Tie the bundle, and either brew up a pot of fragrant bath tea to pour into your bath or place the preparation directly into the bath as you soak in the aroma.

If you wish, add up to 3 drops of another essential oil.  Lavender and Geranium compliment both the aromatic and wellness benefits of Eucalyptus in this preparation.

4. Eucalyptus Infused Massage Oil

  • ¼ cup of carrier oil of your choice. (Some suggestions include: Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil)
  • 4-8 drops eucalyptus

Combine ingredients, massage the oil into the affected area several times a day.

5. Fever Cooling Blends

Cool down a hot body

  • 3-4 drops eucalyptus
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk or honey

Eucalyptus essential oil has a cooling effect on our skin. Thus, a person suffering from a fever can take a tepid bath infused with this blend. The bath will have a cooling effect on the body


Eucalyptus essential oil is an excellent oil to use in a diffuser. It will lift spirits and clear negative energy, all the while “destroying” the microbes that cause environmental and seasonal threats to immunity and wellness.

6. Eucalyptus Essential Oil Cleansing Home Spray

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • water
  • 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol or witch hazel extract
  • 12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Up to 12 drops of another essential oil of your choice. Some suggestions to include on their own or in combination are:
    • Up to 2 drops of peppermint
    • Up to 2 drops of rosemary
    • Up to 4 drops of thyme
    • Up to 12 drops lavender
    • Up to 12 drops of tea tree

Combine all ingredients. Place the blend in a spray bottle and use this solution as a spray cleaner on surfaces around the home, and to clean door knobs and handles.

7. Skin Cooling After Sun Mist

For  sunburned or steaming hot skin:

  • ¼ cup cool water or witch hazel extract
  • 4-8 drops of eucalyptus

Combine ingredients, and pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Mist on as needed, be sure to avoid contact with eyes.

Use the mist AFTER exposure to sun.  It is best to not use this mist before going into the sunshine.

8. Herbal Insect Repellent Spray

The best thing about this spray is its versatility. This spray can be used as an environmental spray-around the house or outdoors.  It can also be used on our skin. In addition to repelling insects, it will bring soothing and healing components to skin that has suffered the effects of insect bites.

  • 1 cup of base liquid of your choice:
    • Catnip tea (directions below)
    • Distilled water
    • Witch hazel extract
  • 10 drops eucalyptus
  • 10-30 drops of any blend as explained below:

Use anywhere from 20-40 drops of essential oils in total.  You may want to start with 20, experiment with the blend’s effects, and add more as desired and tolerated from there.

Include combinations of any of the following for your insect repellent spray.
Some of these essential oils require more caution due to their potency, and thus should not be used more than the suggested amounts:

  • Up to 10 drops of geranium
  • Up to 10 drops of citronella
  • Up to 10 drops of tea tree
  • Up to 10 drops of lavender
  • Up to 4 drops of patchouli
  • Up to 2 drops of peppermint

Place the mixture in a spray bottle and use it liberally to fight off insects.

Catnip Tea Base

  • ¼ cup of the dried or fresh leaves
  • 2 cups of boiling water

Make a strong tea, steeping the leaves for no less than 5 minutes. Once the water cools, it can be the base for your insect spray

Bottom Line

In this article you will find natural recipes for making the best of your eucalyptus essential oils, including:

  • Methods for respiratory wellness, by diffusion or vapor rub
  • Relaxing and soothing recipes to support joint and muscle health
  • Methods to keep your environment fresh and clean
  • Beautiful skin care blends that will cool and refresh

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