Eucalyptus essential oil is one of our favorite essential oils to use in DIY projects. It has many great properties and it’s an essential oil that most are familiar with and feel comfortable using.
Eucalyptus essential oil is diverse and easy to use. In fact, it’s one of my top five must-have essential oils because it has so many properties!
Eucalyptus oil is:
- Analgesic (pain relieving)
However, I often hear people say that they have essential oils and they want to use them, but they just don’t know how. So today, I thought I’d share 12 simple uses for eucalyptus essential oil. (Find 100% pure eucalyptus essential oil for all these uses here.)
1. Bathroom Cleaner
Eucalyptus essential oil is a great germ killer, so I like to use it to clean my bathroom. I use it in a spray bottle to clean the sink and around my toilet and use it with baking soda and vinegar to clean the toilet bowl.
Here’s our Homemade Toilet Cleaner recipe.
2. Chest Congestion
Here’s our Homemade Vapor Rub recipe.
3. Sinus Infection
Sinus infections are no fun and it’s best to get rid of them as soon as possible. One way I treat them naturally is by using eucalyptus essential oil in my Neti pot saline solution. After a few uses, there’s a noticeable difference in how well I breathe and how stuffed up my head feels.
Here are some helpful tips for Sinus Infection Treatment.
4. Air Freshener
Eucalyptus essential oil is one of my favorite oils to put in my diffuser. I often run our diffuser in our bus and like eucalyptus because it smells great and kills bacteria and viruses that might make us sick.
5. Airway Opener
Here’s another great way to use eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser. Eucalyptus is great at decongesting and opening airways, so I like to put it in my diffuser when my kids are sounding stuffy from a cold or allergies. Running the diffuser at night with eucalyptus also helps a certain someone in our house snore less (ahem).
6. Shower Cleaner
Team up tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil to make a mold-killing spray for your shower. Add 5 drops of each to a spray bottle full of water (I typically use a 16 oz. glass spray bottle) and spray down your shower after each use.
7. Vacuum Sachets
Here’s another great way to use eucalyptus essential oil as an air freshener: vacuum it up! Mix 3-4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil with one cup of baking soda, sprinkle it on your carpets and then vacuum. Or, you can try our vacuum sachets.
Find our recipe for Vacuum Sachets here.
8. Flea Control
Want to keep fleas away from your pet naturally? Try eucalyptus essential oil. Mix 3-4 drops into your pet’s shampoo or make your own flea collar.
Here’s an easy DIY Flea Collar.
9. Steam Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is an excellent way to get rid of a stubborn headache. Some essential oils can be applied topically to make a headache go away, but with eucalyptus, try creating steam that you can inhale. This is especially helpful if your headache is caused by sinus issues.
You can find simple instructions for using steam aromatherapy in our Natural Headache Remedies.
10. Natural Sunscreen
Eucalyptus oil has a very low natural SPF. While you might not use it by itself to offer protection from UV rays, you could always add it to your own homemade sunscreen.
Here’s our Homemade Sunscreen recipe.
11. Insect Repellent
Many bugs are not fond of eucalyptus, so add it to a homemade insect repellent to ward them off during summer months. You can use it by itself or combine it with other bug-repelling essential oils, like lavender.
Here’s our recipe for a Simple Natural Bug Spray.
12. Floor Cleaner
Keeping your floors clean can be done simply with hot water and eucalyptus essential oil. For wood floors, fill a spray bottle with hot water and add 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Spray and clean. For other floors, add 15 drops to a gallon of hot water and mop away.
Avoid using eucalyptus essential oil topically with babies or small children. It’s always important to dilute eucalyptus essential oil in a carrier oil before using it on your skin. Consult with a healthcare practitioner knowledgable about essential oils before using eucalyptus essential oil during pregnancy. Only use 100% pure essential oils (like the ones found here.)
How do you use eucalyptus essential oil?