Essential Oil First Aid Kit: Eucalyptus Oil

by emily on January 24, 2013

With this post we continue our series about how to build an essential oil first aid kit.

If you ever had your mother rub Vicks Vapor Rub on your chest when you were a child and sick with a cold, you know what eucalyptus smells like! The strong odor is unmistakable, and for many of us takes us back to the bedroom where we slept as a child.

While I do not recommend you use the aforementioned product because it is petroleum-based and contains other toxic ingredients besides, therapeutic-grade eucalyptus oil will give you the same results, only better!

Therapeutic properties

Ever seen a koala with an upper respiratory infection? No? That’s because they eat eucalyptus leaves all day! Seriously, the benefits of eucalyptus oil go beyond aiding with decongestion, and make it a great addition to your essential oil first aid kit.

This oil is mainly known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, and expectorant properties.

Be sure to use the eucalyptus variety called radiata, as the other types, including the commonly-sold globulus variety, contain more of the naturally-occurring camphor, which can be toxic.

What problems can this oil help with?

Cold symptoms

You can probably already guess that this oil is great for fighting colds, cough and respiratory symptoms. For a cough or respiratory illness, rub a few drops on the upper chest (also on the throat for a cough) every couple of hours. Diffuse the oil in your bedroom and/or office to combat a respiratory infection.

You can fight any viral infection by applying a few drops to the chest, clavicle and upper back. For the cold or flu specifically, take several drops in water two or three times a day, and put on drop on the wrist and rub it back and forth to the forearm once an hour. For a sinus infection, apply a drop across the bridge of your nose. If the fumes bother you, add a drop of almond or extra virgin olive oil to cut them down.


Eucalyptus oil can also relieve hay fever and heal asthma by applying it on the chest and nose several times per day.


Apply on site to relieve join or muscle pain. For headaches, apply, as you would peppermint, on the forehead, temples, bridge of the nose, and back of the neck. Rubbing it on the skin will either repel insects or alleviate the itching of insect bites. In addition, it relieves sunburn.

Other benefits of eucalyptus oil

Taken regularly, the oil boosts the immune system and acts as an anti-bacterial, fungal and viral agent. It cools down fevers; and cleans up acne, cold sores and chicken pox sores. When inhaled, it overcomes mental sluggishness and increases both concentration and mental capacity.

It should be THE go-to oil for anyone who has recently quit smoking, suffers from chronic bronchitis or related conditions, or is recovering from lung cancer. Why? This potent-smelling oil stimulates regeneration of lung tissue!

Because they have similar properties, our first two oils in the first-aid kit – peppermint and eucalyptus – can often be used in tandem to multiply the effect either one would have all by itself.

For a thorough discussion of the benefits of essential oils in general, as well as specific uses of the oils for common conditions, be sure to download your FREE copy of “Essential Oils For The Health Of It” today!

Stay happy and healthy,


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