Eucalyptus oil—with its strong, earthy smell—is known for opening the sinuses, but it can do so much more. From cleaning mold to getting rid of garden pests, eucalyptus can be used all over the house. Click through for some unexpected, inspired uses.
Tackle that pesky household mold with eucalyptus oil. Its antiseptic properties help to remove the mold and visibly clean the area. For extra mold-killing power, combine eucalyptus oil with vinegar for a natural disinfectant.
Much like discarded vegetable oil, eucalyptus oil has been used to make biodiesel for a clean-burning fuel that performs similarly to diesel made from crude oil. While it’s unsustainable to completely switch to fuels made from eucalyptus, it can be added to existing fossil fuels in smaller amounts.
Relieve sore, cramping muscles with eucalyptus oil. Just massage diluted eucalyptus oil onto the problem area to relax it and reduce any inflammation. It has also been shown to ease the discomfort that comes with menstrual cramps when rubbed onto the lower abdomen.
Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent, which makes it fantastic at treating wounds. It can soothe burns, cuts, skin infections, blisters, insect bites, and even acne breakouts while it speeds up the healing process. Be careful to dilute the eucalyptus with a milder oil, like coconut oil, before applying it your skin.
Before dousing your child’s head in harsh chemicals, give eucalyptus oil a try. It has been proven to kill lice, especially those that are resistant to common, over-the-counter lice treatments. Once applied, cover the treated hair with a shower cap to trap the air and allow the eucalyptus oil to fumigate the lice. It typically works best when paired with other treatments like tea tree and lavender oils.
One quick trip to the locker room shower is all it takes to develop irritating athlete’s foot. Apply diluted eucalyptus oil, a powerful antifungal, to the soles and between the toes to get rid of the pesky fungal infection. You can also add a few drops to a luxurious footbath to treat or prevent athlete’s foot from coming back.
Protect your dog from fleas the natural way with eucalyptus oil. In addition to warding off or removing existing fleas, the oil will help reduce irritation from bites. Just be careful to dilute the oil properly (by adding a few drops into pet shampoo) before applying it.