Eucalyptus globulus essential oilEssential Oils for skincare

About Eucalyptus

INCI name
Essential oil name
Eucalyptus globulus essential oil
Portugal, China
Part used
Penetrating, refreshing, balsamic
Extraction method
Steam distillation
20 mL of EO per kilogram of leaves*
* Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015)

About the plant

Common names
Eucalyptus globulus, Tasmanian bluegum, Southern blue-gum, Fever tree
Latin name
Eucalyptus globulus
Botanical family
Plant detail
There are about 500 species of Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus being the most commonly used. This tree grows fast and needs lots of water, so it has been used to fight against anophele’s habitat, the mosquito responsible for malaria, and led to the “Fever tree” common name.

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Instantly refreshing and revitalising, Eucalyptus Essential Oil has been around for hundreds of years. Native to Australia, this potent element has a myriad of benefits for your mind, body and health.

Here’s all you need to know about Eucalyptus Oil in aromatherapy.


Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

1. Improve respiratory system

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Eucalyptus Globulus Oil is primarily beneficial for the respiratory system”.

Of all the Essential Oils, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is believed to be the most effective in treating conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, colds, coughs or the flu. Rich in cineole, Eucalyptus Oil is highly effective in relieving congestion and aiding the respiratory system in the long term.

2. Fights infection

‘Eucalyptol’ is Eucalyptus Oil’s primary component and has been shown to have antimicrobial effects.

Dr Couic Marinier adds, “various studies have shown how effective Eucalyptus Essential Oil is at inhibiting and preventing infection”.

3. Anti-inflammatory

Whether used internally or externally, Eucalyptus Oil works to reduce inflammation and provide natural pain relief.

Other Essential Oils such as Chamomile Oil and Clove Oil also have potent anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Alleviate headaches

Eucalyptus Essential Oil can alleviate sinus pressure, which can often be responsible for the pain and tension that can cause headaches.

Furthermore, Eucalyptus Oil also promotes relaxation of tense facial muscles which can also contribute to headaches caused by stress or exhaustion.

5. Boost mental clarity

Thanks to its invigorating, soothing and awakening properties, Eucalyptus Oil is often used to boost energy and mental clarity.

What is Eucalyptus Essential Oil used for ?


Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties make this powerful element a natural healer. When used topically, Eucalyptus Oil provides the optimal environment and elements to repair and strengthen the complexion.

Furthermore, Dr Couic Marinier explains, “Eucalyptus Essential Oil is highly effective for treating and healing dermatitis”.


Rich in 1,8 cineole, this active ingredient present in Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known for its antibacterial properties.

To this end, Eucalyptus Oil can cleanse the epidermis, ridding the pores of harmful impurities that can contribute to breakouts, pigmentation and dull skin. The result is a complexion that is deeply purified and healthier than ever.


Eucalyptus Oil is known to moisturise the skin. Not only does it deliver an intense dose of hydration, but it also locks in moisture to help your complexion glow.

If your skin leans dry, look to Sandalwood Oil and Neroli Oil to provide your complexion with extra hydration.

Where does Eucalyptus Essential Oil come from ?

There are over 600 species of Eucalyptus, but only 20 types produce enough Essential Oil for commercial use. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is extracted from Eucalyptus Globulus. 

Eucalyptus Oil is extracted from the fresh or partially dried leaves of the plant and the young twigs through a process of steam distillation.

History of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

An ancient remedy

The Australian Aborigines called Eucalyptus, ‘kino’, and was used as a cure-all remedy.

A widespread medicine

It was initially suggested by a German botanist and explorer that the scent of the Eucalyptus tree might be an antiseptic.

It was in 1855 that the French government sent Eucalyptus seeds to Algeria, which resulted in many infections being cleared up.

World War I

Eucalyptus Essential Oil was in huge demand during WWI, thanks to its ability to control meningitis outbreaks and influenza.

Facts about Eucalyptus Essential Oil


Otherwise known as

Eucalyptus Essential Oil from the Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as Tasmanian Blue Gum.


A floral name

The ‘eu’ and ‘kalypto’ in the word mean ‘well’ and ‘covered’ in Greek. This refers to the delicate membrane that covers the flower bud, which falls off as the flower grows.


See right through

You can, in fact, see the oil in a Eucalyptus leaf. If you hold it up to the light, you can see tiny pricks of white or yellow, which is the Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the tissue of the leaf.

Similarly, if you crush the leaf in your fingers, you can immediately smell the invigorating aroma of Eucalyptus Oil.

Adopt the revitalising Eucalyptus Essential Oil in your daily rituals, and rejuvenate your skin, body and health.