Eucalyptus essential oil is a common aromatherapy oil used in diffusers and massage blends. Combining eucalyptus with related essential oils (and using the right carriers) imparts both physical and mental benefits. Here are some of the more popular combinations.
For Physical Benefits
Put eucalyptus essential oil in a witch-hazel blend for use as a deodorant. You can combine with lavender essential oil for a sweeter fragrance, or use just the eucalyptus oil. The antibacterial properties will help prevent body odor. Mix five drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of witch hazel.
Use eucalyptus essential oil as an expectorant for chest congestion and coughs. Place 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a massage carrier oil or lotion blend. Rub the lotion/oil mixture on the chest or back as needed to relieve congestion.
Mix eucalyptus essential oil with tea-tree essential oil in a witch-hazel or plain massage-oil base to help prevent insect bites. These essential oils are thought to be natural insect repellents. Dilute the essential oils so there are about 10 drops of essential oils to 1 oz. of oil or lotion.
For Mental Benefits
Place three to five drops of pure essential oils onto a cotton ball in a film canister and breathe in the aroma for a calming effect when your mind is scattered or overwhelmed. Combining eucalyptus essential oil with lavender essential oil can help increase the soothing effect.
Mix eucalyptus essential oil with more stimulating essential oils, like bergamot or orange, for a mentally invigorating effect. If you are having trouble concentrating, use the film-canister personal diffuser, or place the undiluted essential oils into an essential-oil diffuser so the aroma will fill the entire room.
Combine eucalyptus essential oil with sandalwood, clary sage and frankincense for use as a meditative or expansive fragrance. Mix 10 drops into 1 oz. of carrier oil (like sweet almond oil or massage lotion) and apply to pulse points for a personal meditation fragrance. Alternately, put the undiluted essential oils in a room diffuser to waft the uplifting aroma throughout the entire space.
Blending essential oils has a lot to do with personal preference. If you don't like a certain aroma, try another, closely related oil instead. Essential oils are highly concentrated, so dilute them into a base or carrier oil or lotion when applying directly to the skin. Witch hazel can also be used to dilute essential oils, but be sure to shake it before spraying or applying.