Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil comes from the Eucalyptus tree which is  a tall, evergreen tree that grows up to 50 feet in height and is sometimes referred to as Gum Trees. The main chemical components of Eucalyptus essential oil are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, making it an ideal oil to promote clear breathing and respiratory function, and to use on sore muscles. Eucalyptus has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin and for cleansing surfaces and the air. Studies have shown that Eucalyptus is effective in helping to lessen anxiety and supporting a healthy inflammatory response. Eucalyptus can be found in mouth rinses to freshen breath and promote oral health. Because of the many influential compounds found in Eucalyptus, it is a key ingredient in cough and throat medicines and chest ointments. In dentistry, Eucalyptus oil is included in products used as sealers and solvents for root canal fillings.

Primary Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Assists with clear breathing
  • Supports overall respiratory health
  • Soothes tired, sore muscles
  • Purifying and cleansing properties

Properties of Eucalyptus

  • Anti-bacterial: an agent that prevents the growth of or destroys bacteria.
  • Anti-catarrhal: an agent that helps remove excess catarrh from the body. Expectorants help promote the removal of mucus from the respiratory system.
  • Anti-infectious: an agent that prevents and combats the spread of germs.
  • Anti-inflammatory: an agent that alleviates inflammation.
  • Anti-viral: an agent that inhibits the growth of a virus.
  • Analgesic: a substance that relieves pain.
  • Immune-stimulant: an agent that stimulates the natural defense mechanism of the body.
  • Insecticidal

Uses of Eucalyptus

  • Combine Eucalyptus with Lemon and Peppermint in a spray bottle for an effective cleaning spray.
  • Mix with a carrier oil and rub on chest to assist with clear breathing.
  • While showering, place a few drops in the hands, place over nose and inhale deeply to clear the mind and promote clear breathing.
  • Removes chewing gum from hair, glue residue on jars left by labels, crayon from walls, ballpoint ink from vinyl, grease from range hood, scuff marks from linoleum and some carpet stains.
  • Replace foul odors by putting in the dishwasher every couple weeks, in a bucket of water for mopping the floors and in the washer to get rid of diesel and oil smells from work clothes.
  • Add a few drops to a container of Play Doh brand play dough for children to play with during the winter months and to keep it fresh longer.
  • Combine with a cup of lemon tea and honey to relieve congestion.
  • Place a few drops in a warm tub to promote healing and relieve achy, sore muscles.
  • After washing pets, use in the rinse water (very diluted) to help deter fleas.
  • As a garden spray, add 5ml of Eucalyptus essential oil, 20 ml of canola oil, 1 squirt of dishwashing detergent to 1 litre of water.  Spray around seedlings and at the base of plants to deter earwigs, slugs and snails.

Body Systems Primarily Affected by Eucalyptus

  • Respiratory System
  • Skin and Hair

Notes on Blending

  • Classification: Enhancer (50% to 80% of the blend) 
  • Blends well with Bergamot, Peppermint, Melaleuca and Lemon

Main Chemical Components

Eucalyptol, Alpha-terpineol

Additional Information

PubMed.gov - Chemo-typing of diverse Eucalyptus species grown in Egypt and antioxidant and antibacterial activities of its respective essential oils

Quality of the Essential Oil

The information provided here on the benefits, properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", many brands are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil. Be aware that only about 50% of the product needs to be an actual essential oil for the label to read "pure." Reading the label can sometimes tell you if the essential oil is already diluted with carrier oils, such as jojoba or almond.

Research what goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. Choose a brand that follows these stringent guidelines.

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region
  • Grown without chemical pesticides
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Supplier has relations with distillers
  • Extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve molecules
  • Third-party testing of each batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of oils