Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits & Uses | Which One Is Best For Me?

by Bella Martinez May 11, 2024

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits & Uses | Which One Is Best For Me?

An evergreen plant native to Australia, eucalyptus has long been used in medicinal treatment by societies around the world, including the Greeks, Chinese, and Europeans. 

The eucalyptus plant has a host of powerful properties that make it an ideal essential oil when you’re feeling congested and under the weather. 

But what are the specific Eucalyptus oil benefits and uses? Let’s find out.


The primary uses of Eucalyptus essential oil are diffusion and topical application.

Today, there are more than 700 different eucalyptus plant species[1] in circulation, the most common of which is Eucalyptus globulus. Also known as blue gum, this tree is the primary source of Eucalyptus essential oil globally. 

To make Eucalyptus essential oil, gum tree leaves must undergo a distillation process. The end result is a clear liquid sap that has a sweet, medicinal, woodsy aroma. Like other popular essential oils, they must be distilled before use, especially if your bottle is 100% pure Eucalyptus. 

What Is Eucalyptus Oil Good For?

While certain strains of Eucalyptus may differ, most contain the same beneficial components, including:

  • 1,8-cineole (Eucalyptol) 
  • Terpineol
  • Limonene

This robust profile is what makes it an effective and multipurpose essential oil for a variety of different uses, such as:


Do you have a stuffy nose? Is it difficult to sleep because you keep coughing or you have a sore throat? 

Eucalyptus extract is regularly used as an ingredient in popular decongestants and cough aids. A study on the plant’s[2] interaction with immune response concluded that “Monoterpenoid components of aromatic constituents of Eucalyptus essential oil are traditionally used as analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic remedies and are commercially available for assisting the common cold and other symptoms of respiratory infections.” 

Its anti-inflammatory property allows you to breathe deeply once again.


Do you get exercise-induced inflammation in your muscles and joints?

Although it's your body’s natural response to being tested, inflammation can cause discomfort that makes it difficult to train or even go about your day-to-day activities. Compounds within Eucalyptus essential oil have anti-inflammatory properties[3] that support a faster, more effective recovery.


Your immune system helps you recover or fight off injury, sickness, and disease. So, why wouldn’t you want to do everything to bolster it? 

Eucalyptus essential oil has natural antibacterial properties that stimulate the immune system response. The previously mentioned study[4] discovered that “Eucalyptus oil extract is able to implement the innate cell-mediated immune response, providing scientific support for an additional use of this plant extract.” Eucalyptus can enhance your natural phagocytic response to pathogens such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Foreign particles
  • Viruses  


Eucalyptus was originally used by Australian aborigines as a home remedy for rashes and to treat wounds and fungal infections. 

A 2017 study[5] found that Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils were, “Able to enhance the healing of skin wounds.” It has antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities that make it ideal for dealing with:

  • Cuts
  • Scrapes
  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Blemishes

    Additionally, since it has antioxidant qualities, it can help promote healthy skin care in several ways, such as:

    • Reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging
    • Promote an even skin tone
    • Give the skin a fresh and healthy glow

      How Do I Use Eucalyptus Oil?


      When Eucalyptus essential oil is diffused and inhaled, the oil reacts positively with the mucous membranes. Its pleasant aroma can provide several benefits, including:

      • Loosen phlegm
      • Clear nasal congestion
      • Reduce lung irritation 


        If your muscles and joints get sore after a workout, applying Eucalyptus essential oil topically can help soothe discomfort. Simply, mix with a carrier oil and massage the aromatherapy mixture into the impacted area (using a circular motion).  


        Want to give your immune system an instant boost? 

        Simply put Eucalyptus essential oil in your diffuser and let it run as you prepare for sleep.  

        FACE SERUM

        Before applying Eucalyptus essential oil to your face, dilute it appropriately using our dilution chart. We recommend a 1% dilution for facial application or 6 drops of Eucalyptus in 1 oz of carrier oil. 

        What's The Difference In Edens Garden Essential Oils?

        The difference in the best types of Eucalyptus oils comes down to their aromas. For instance, six of our favorites are:
        • Eucalyptus- Globulus – Our original Eucalyptus essential oil is the most popular and well-known of all Eucalyptus leaf oils. It has a medicinal, vibrant, and refreshing aroma that cools and soothes, thanks to its high cineole content. This variation blends well with other oils such as Frankincense, Peppermint, Lavender, Lime, Lemongrass Tea Tree, and Rosemary essential oil. 
        • Eucalyptus- Blue – A subspecies of Eucalyptus- Globulus, Eucalyptus- Blue has an aroma that is very cool, refreshing and medicinal. One whiff may help open sinuses and clear airways.
        • Eucalyptus- RadiataEucalyptus- Radiata oil has a softer punch, with more cool, citrusy notes. But it’s perfect for users who want to breathe deeply, or simply wish to support their general wellness.
        • Eucalyptus- Smithii – This variety of Eucalyptus contains less 1,8-cineole, giving it a milder aroma. As the most mellow and soft of all the Eucalyptus varieties, Eucalyptus- Smithii is perfect for individuals who have sensitive skin or don’t want an overpowering aroma.
        • Eucalyptus- Lemon – Lemon Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the eucalyptus tree and has very similar therapeutic qualities to the original Eucalyptus oil but with a sweeter citrusy aroma. This version blends well with oils such as Patchouli and Cedarwood. 
        • Eucalyptus Around The World Oil – If you want an essential oil blend that improves inhalation and uplifts the spirit, Eucalyptus Around The World oil is exactly what you’re looking for. This is one of our favorite Eucalyptus oils because it combines the benefits of different Eucalyptus varieties which can support overall health and vitality.

        Eucalyptus Oil Cautions

        To get the most out of your Eucalyptus oil, be sure to follow these safety guidelines:

        • Don’t use Eucalyptus oil on or around young children.
        • Use Eucalyptus oil with caution if you have asthma. 
        • Dilute Eucalyptus oil and perform a skin patch test to rule out any allergic reaction when using this oil topically for the first time. 
        • Do not ingest Eucalyptus without guidance from an aromatherapist or medical professional.  

        Eucalyptus Essential Oil Wrap-Up

        Whether you use it for aromatherapy or apply it topically, Eucalyptus essential oil has myriad benefits. It can help:

        • Alleviate cold and respiratory problems
        • Fight inflammation 
        • Support healthy skincare
        • Promote your immune system response 
        • Stop insects from bugging you 

        Looking for a way to support your general health, wellness, and vitality? We’re here to help. See our essential oil for colds


        1. Euclid. Species Index.
        2. NCBI. Stimulatory effect of Eucalyptus essential oil on innate cell-mediated immune response.
        3. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of essential oils of Eucalyptus.
        4. NCBI. Stimulatory effect of Eucalyptus essential oil on innate cell-mediated immune response.
        5. NCBI. Essential oil-loaded lipid nanoparticles for wound healing.

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        Edens Garden

        July 27, 2022 at 9:14 am

        Hi Catherine! We recommend trying our Sampler Sets. They’re a great way to try multiple oils at once!

        Catherine Hollingsworth

        July 27, 2022 at 9:12 am

        Will love to sample your products before buying thank you