9 Eucalyptus Oil Uses That You Need to Try

What is eucalyptus oil good for? Check out these Eucalyptus oil uses, including ideas, tips and recipes to get the most out of this helpful essential oil.

What is eucalyptus oil good for? Check out these Eucalyptus oil uses, including practical ideas, tips and recipes to get the most out of this helpful essential oil. #essentialoils #essential oiluses #eucalyptus #eucalyptusoiluses #eucalyptusessentialoil

Eucalyptus Oil Uses

Most of us have heard the old idiom, “money doesn’t grow on trees”, but relatively new research may suggest otherwise.

Eucalyptus trees, which are native to Australia, are fast-growing trees that are used for wood and oil, and are also happy homes for koalas. But that’s not all they do. Last year, Australian researchers found microscopic gold particles in the leaves of eucalyptus trees (Vergano, D., 2013). Although eucalyptus trees don’t produce gold on their own, it is theorized that their deep roots transport the gold through their roots, from underground ore deposits.

In any case, one thing we know for sure is that eucalyptus oil can be distilled from the leaves of the tree and their medicinal properties may be more impressive than a tree that holds gold.

Eucalyptus oil has a fresh and minty aroma, which is easily identifiable if you’re familiar with the oil. It is thought to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic (pain-killing) properties, which makes it an effective tool for a variety of medical conditions. While you may find eucalyptus oil in many commercial medicinal products (think Vick’s VapoRub), there are several other eucalyptus essential oil uses.

Eucalyptus Uses

Stuffy Nose and Sinus Infections

If you have a cold, sinus infection, or other difficulties with congestion, an Epsom salt and eucalyptus oil bath can help loosen congestion and clear sinuses! In a bowl, combine 2 cups of Epsom salt with 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Add the Epsom salt mixture to a bath, and fill with warm water. Soak for 20 minutes, inhaling the cool and invigorating aroma.

This is also a great regimen for sore and tired muscles!

–Find more Uses for Epsom Salt

Household Disinfectant

If you want to disinfect your home without using chemicals, try making homemade cleaning wipes and add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to the mix.

Note: Don’t wipe down surfaces or objects that little children will put their mouths on.

–Looking for more household cleaners? Check out these DIY Recipes For Homemade Cleaners

Soothe Burns and Insect Bites

Eucalyptus oil has antiseptic and analgesic properties, which may help to alleviate pain and sooth burns or inflamed skin. Combine 2 drops of eucalyptus oil with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil or grapeseed oil are good options), and apply to the burn or insect bite.

Note: Don’t apply to open wounds or broken skin. 

Eucalyptus Oil Uses

DIY VapoRub for Congestion

With only 3 ingredients, you can make your own vaporub to help alleviate discomfort from congestion, cold, and respiratory issues. Start with Homemade Vaseline, and add in 10 – 15 drops of eucalyptus oil. Since eucalyptus oil is an anti-inflammatory, it may help reduce swelling in the upper airway tract, and help you breathe easier at night.

Insect Repellent

Grab a clean, 8 ounce spray bottle. Add 4 ounces of distilled or boiled water, and 3 ounces of witch hazel. Add 10 drops of each essential oil: eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree. It smells great and helps keep mosquitoes and other biting insects at bay.

–Find more Uses for Witch Hazel

Persistent Coughs

Having a terrible case of the coughs? Combat it with humidity and eucalyptus oil. Add 4 or 5 drops of eucalyptus oil to the water reservoir of your humidifier before running.

Help Reduce a Fever

Combine 1 quart of water with 5 drops of eucalyptus oil. Drench two cotton towels in the mixture, and ring them out. Wrap the towels around the calves of the person with the fever, and wrap two clean and dry towels on top. Make sure to keep the feet warm with socks or slippers during this process.

Help Combat Ear Aches 

Ear aches can be caused when the Eustachian tubes can’t drain when they’re inflamed. You may be able to help combat inflammation and increase drainage of the Eustachian tubes by taking an Epsom salt bath (see stuffy nose, above) or diffusing eucalyptus oil in a humidifier at night.

Homemade Fly Spray

You can create a home made Fly Spray for your livestock using eucalyptus oil since it has insect repellent qualities.

–Looking for a bug spray for yourself? Try this Homemade Bug Repellent

A  note about safe use of essential oils: 

If you’re new to the world of essential oils, it can be easy to assume that they’re 100% safe, since they’re made from plants. Please note that like other medications, caution needs to be used when handling any essential oils, as there can be serious side effects.

When handling essential oils, here are a few basic rules:

  • Do not ingest any amount of any essential oils orally, unless under the supervision of your doctor. Eucalyptus oil should not be taken orally and should be kept out of children’s and pet’s reach. Eucalyptus oil is highly concentrated and can be fatal when taken internally.
  • Do not use eucalyptus oil on or around children under the age of 10. Eucalyptus oil is high in 1,8-cineole, which could cause respiration to slow in children.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding woman need to use caution when using any essential oils. Eucalyptus oil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
  • If you have asthma, seizures, liver, kidney disease or low blood pressure, consult a qualified physician before using eucalyptus oil.
  • Do not apply any undiluted essential oil directly to the skin. Always use a minimum of a 2% ratio of essential oil to 98% ratio of carrier oil. For children, reduce it to a 1% / 99% ratio.

Essential oils can be incredibly useful and a safer alternative to modern-day medications (which also can have serious side effects), so they don’t need to be feared. They need to be approached with knowledge and care, just like you would any other medication.

If you are looking for a wonderful source for oils, I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. After careful consideration of all the companies selling essential oils, I’m happy to share that Rocky Mountain Oils has become my main source of oils for many different reasons.

Want to learn more about using essential oils? Check these out:

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Lemon Oil Uses

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Find even more ideas for how to use everyday products on our Uses For Page.

What are your favorite Eucalyptus Oil uses? 


This post on Eucalyptus Oil Uses was originally published in August 2014. It has been updated as of September 2019.

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  1. Eucalyptus oil is one of my main favorites…. I love essential oils and I tend to find that they are all my favorites at the time I am using them… 🙂 but eucalyptus is probably the one I use more than any others and it has many many uses. Thank you for highlighting this. 🙂

  2. I had no idea you could use eucalyptus oil for so many things! My next essential oil order I will be grabbing a bottle. Thanks!


  3. Hi, I’m from Australia and I use Eucalyptus for a lot of things. Put a few drops in the washing water for your pets it helps kill fleas, wash their bedding with it in the water.
    I add it to the water for washing the floors, I spray it on the carpets incase there are flea eggs in it. Good to spray on a matteress to freshen it. I put it in my home made washing liquid.
    Don’t take it by mouth as it will make you sick.

  4. Love all of your uses for eucalyptus oil! I love how it clears stuffy noses, and I found a great way to use it for this. My husband had a stuffy nose that was causing him grief at work. So I put some cotton balls in an old Tylenol container (a small one), decorated it with colorful paper, and added a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the cotton balls. He kept it in his pocket and every time he needed some “clearing” he took a whiff. It worked wonders for the stuffiness! Now he just leaves it on his desk just for a pick-me-up.

  5. Great tips, Andrea! I’ve never used eucalyptus for anything, but I do love the way it smells. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays!

  6. I have an ear ache right now and this is how I discovered eucalyptus oil this evening doing research online. Before I use it I want to learn more about it as quickly as I can.

  7. Its an antiseptic – apply to minor cuts and scratches. Muscular aches and pains – massage into affected areas, 5drops to 10 ml vegetable oil.. Stains, greace on clothes and tar on paintwork – Remove by rubbing with an oil moistened cloth. Woolens & work clothes – Add 60mls to washing water to freshen wash. Freshen bathroom and toilet – 60ml of oil in toilet and drains. It removes bacteria, cleans and deodorises. Removes labels, Chewing gum – Ideal for removing stickers & labels from most items. For removing adhesives and chewing gum. dampen with an oil soaked cloth.