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Eucalyptus Oil Uses + Deep Breaths Facial Steam Recipe

Organic eucalyptus essential oil bottle from Mountain Rose Herbs with diffuser in back.

Eucalyptus essential oil has become a staple in the collections of aromatherapy dabblers and experts alike. Steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Eucalyptus globulus tree, this oil is well known for its cleaning properties and ability to support open breathing. With a little practice, this distinctive essence may easily become one of the most versatile oils in your aromatherapy and green living toolkit!

Eucalyptus Oil for Aromatherapy

Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia and its surrounding islands but have been cultivated and can now be found worldwide in subtropical climates. There are over 20 species that are used to produce essential oils, which are clear or sometimes pale yellow and characterized by a strong camphoraceous aroma that has a soft, woody undertone.

Eucalyptus has long been used to facilitate healthful, open breathing. Eucalyptol, also known as 1,8-cineole (“cajuputol” when it is found in cajeput oil), is an oxide that gives eucalyptus its expectorant properties. E. globulus usually contains around 70% of this constituent, but it can contain anywhere between 54% and 95%.

Uses for Eucalyptus Oil

Around the house, eucalyptus oil can be added to DIY natural cleaning solutions and makes an effective deodorizer for shoes (try adding one drop to a cotton ball placed in each shoe) and trashcans (add a drop directly into the can). It’s popular in diffuser blends, massage oils, and facial steams (see below). A few drops also make a great addition to your shampoo or bubble bath to release its invigorating aroma during a shower or soak (just be sure to properly dilute!).

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Eucalyptus essential oil blend ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Deep Breaths Eucalyptus Facial Steam



  1. Have a comfortable seat with a small table (or sit on a pillow on the floor) with a medium sized bowl and large towel ready. It is also helpful to have your essential oils at hand so you can drop them directly into the water.
  2. Bring water to boil and pour into a 1 to 3 quart mixing bowl.
  3. Drop in your essential oils, and with your head positioned over the bowl, drape the towel over your head and shoulders to create a steam-catching tent.
  4. Close your eyes and breathe in the vapor.

Hand adding drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil to bowl of water for facial steam.This blend is helpful for moistening the breathing passages and is wonderfully soothing. If the vapor gets too hot, just lift a corner of the towel when you need to get a little cool air. Continue breathing deeply for as long as you like, or until the water is no longer releasing steam.

You can also use this blend in an essential oil diffuser. Just be sure to follow the instructions on your diffuser for the correct quantity of essential oil to use!

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Eucalyptus Oil Basics & Facial Steam Pinterest pin from Mountain Rose Herbs.


Topics: Aromatherapy, Natural Body Care, Recipes


Written by Christine on April 17, 2020

As Products Manager, Christine Rice has been working with the botanical goodies at Mountain Rose Herbs for over 14 years. With a Certificate in Aromatherapy from The American College of Healthcare Sciences, she works closely with the essential oils and hydrosols that we offer. She connects with the aromatherapy industry through our National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy business membership and contributes on working committees with The American Herbal Products Association. In addition to her love for aromatics and blending essential oils, Christine can be found gardening and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She enjoys canning and preserving food, knitting when she has time, and keeps busy with her energetic daughter.

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