Eucalyptus essential oil is a great tool for helping you feel your best this season. Here, aromatherapist Charlynn Avery highlights the top five uses for eucalyptus oil in fall and winter plus shares a recipe for a DIY all-natural eucalyptus chest rub.

Eucalyptus essential oil is very popular this time of year as we transition from fall into the cold and dry winter season. Eucalyptus is invigorating and fresh, and does wonders for breathing when we are stuffed up. Eucalyptus is a very versatile essential oil and can be used for everything from diffusing the aroma to open the lungs to using it combined with bath salts to soothe achy bodies during times of illness. It’s awakening, too – smelling eucalyptus can help wake us up when we need to keep going, which is perfect during the pre-holiday season rush.

Here are my top five uses for eucalyptus oil in the fall and winter. For more tips and ideas, visit Aura Cacia.

Top 5 uses for eucalyptus in fall and winter:

  1. Add to the vaporizer or humidifier and keep running in bedrooms where we tend to get congested during sleep.
  2. Make a mist to soothe sinuses – add 6 drops of eucalyptus oil and 6 drops of lavender to ½ ounce of water for an easy breathing mist.
  3. Add a 1-2 drops to a bowl of steaming water, cover your head with a towel and breathe.
  4. Add 7 drops eucalyptus oil to ¼ cup Epsom salts. Use this in the bath for a quick soak for sore muscles.
  5. Add to a cream base for a simple and effective chest rub. Here is an easy recipe:

Eucalyptus Chest Rub


1 to 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil 
1 drop peppermint essential oil 
1 Tbsp of unscented massage cream or skin care oil of your choice 


Mix oils and cream together in the palm of your hand, and rub on before going to bed.