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Top 10 Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

Updated on September 1, 2019
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Eucalyptus leaves (source: lex123)
Eucalyptus leaves (source: lex123)

Main Properties of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil has several medicinal properties.

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungus
  • Anti-infectious
  • Analgesic
  • Expectorant
  • Insecticidal
  • Aeromatic

Top 10 Benefits of Eucalyptus oil

1. Respiratory Problems - Eucalyptus oil is effectively used for treating cold, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, asthma and sinusitis, just by applying the oil mixed with coconut oil, on the nose, forehead, neck and chest. To get fast relief from irritating cold and sinusitis, 2-4 drops of eucalyptus oil is added to warm water and inhale the vapors, is highly helpful. Because of its several medicinal properties Eucalyptus is widely used.

2. Eucalyptus Oil Relieves Muscle Pain

Massaging Eucalyptus oil on the surface of the skin where experiences muscle pain or joint pain, helps in getting rid of it. Since the oil is anti-inflammatory and analgesic in nature, it works effectively for this type of pain seen mostly in people suffering from rheumatism and lumbago patients.

3.Eucalyptus Oil is Useful in Treating Fever

Eucalyptus oil is effectively used in treating fever. In Australia this tree is affectionately called as Australian fever tree for its therapeutic values.

4. For Skin Infections

To treat some skin infections like dermatitis, scabies, and burns Eucalyptus oil is very helpful. It is mainly because of cineol, a compound contained in it, that can treat almost all kinds of bacterial infections.

5. Useful in Treating Tuberculosis

Eucalyptus oil is used in treating tuberculosis and other chest infections.

6. Strengthens Immune System

The presence of phenolic compound in Eucalyptus oil strengthens the Immune System against various chest infections such as cold, bronchitis, asthma etc.

Eucalyptus leaf (source: lex123)
Eucalyptus leaf (source: lex123)

7. For Dental Health

Dental problems like cavities, dental plaques and gingivitis are common problems and these can also be effectively treated with Eucalyptus oil, which is found in the mouth wash, toothpaste and other dental care products.

8. Clears Lice and Dandruff

It is effectively used for getting rid of lice and dandruff from the hair. A few drops of Eucalyptus oil mixed with coconut oil is massaged to the lice infested head, which is much safer than the medications with chemicals.

9. Pesticide in the Garden

Eucalyptus oil mixed with water can be used as a garden spray against pests. Even the leaves can be boiled in the water and when it is cooled the water can be used as spray against garden pests.

10. Removes Tough Stains

Eucalyptus oil is very helpful in removing tough stains in the use of household cleaning work.

Historical Background of Eucalyptus in India

Eucalyptus was first planted in India in the year 1790 by then ruler of Mysore, Tippu Sultan, in his garden in Nandi Hills, near Bengaluru, and then in Nilgiris in Tamilnadu. Today several Eucalyptus plantations are raised in India by both government and private organizations. In India, the oil is also called as Nilgiri thaila.

The Other uses of Eucalyptus also include the following -

In India, the tree is used as firewood and also as charcoal. Eucalyptus wood is a good source for making paper and pulp.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus tree may grow as a shrub and often as a large tree and the leaves usually hang downwards. Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves since the leaves are covered with oil glands. The oil is colorless or straw-color in nature.

Other names of Eucalyptus

Botanical: Eucalyptus globulus (LABILLE.)

Australian fever tree

Eucalyptus globulus

Blue Gum,

Blue Mallee,

Red Gum,

Stringy Bark Tree,



Tasmanian Blue Gum and



Cautions and Side effects

Eucalyptus oil should not be used without diluting it with another oil like coconut oil.

Anyone taking medications should avoid its use as it may interact with their medicines.

Children, pregnant women, and aged people should also avoid its use.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies.

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