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Eucalyptus Leaf Oil Benefits for Skin

May 21, 2018


Eucalyptus Globulus, also known as blue gum, bloodwood, ironbark or simply 'gum tree,' originates from Australia, but although the eucalyptus tree originated from Australia, it’s now cultivated worldwide throughout Europe, India, China, and Africa.

The eucalyptus tree can grow up to 200 feet tall and 13 feet thick, with long leaves that are could be described as a combination of the colors green, blue, and grey. In late autumn the tree will bloom with frilly white flowers which will then fruit into small, wooden capsules.

Koala bears eat the leaves of the eucalyptus trees; their diet tolerates them even though the leaves are hard to digest, so the bears have to sleep for lengthy periods of time to regain the energy it takes to continue the digestion process.

The leaves of the globulus tree are steam distilled to make eucalyptus essential oil which can be used for various skin conditions. It is a transparent oil with a powerful aroma.

Looking for eucalyptus oil as an ingredient in your skincare products will offer you all the benefits of this natural oil, without the difficulty of diluting it for use on skin. 

The benefits of eucalyptus globulus leaf oil for general wellness and skin health are many, including: 

  • Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation on the skin.
  • Antiseptic: heals wounds from acne, psoriasis, or eczema.
  • Antibacterial: kills off a bacterial infection thereby preventing inflammation.
  • Antioxidant: protects the skin from environmental damage.
  • Antiviral: inhibits the development of viruses. 
  • Anti-fungal: treats and prevents fungal infections. 
  • Defends skin from photoaging (damage from UV rays)


The active chemical components in eucalyptus essential oil contribute to its position as a purifying, cleansing, clarifying, and immune-boosting oil ideal for use on the skin. It’s powerful healing capabilities reduce harmful bacteria and infections on contact with the skin.

Eucalyptus oil should be taken with caution if ingested, it must be diluted or incorporated as an ingredient in skincare products when applied topically. Ingesting eucalyptus oil can be disastrous if you take large amounts for prolonged periods, and applying the oil directly to the skin can cause skin irritation, so it is best to leave this powerful oil out of any D.I.Y. skincare treatments!

The cleansing power of eucalyptus oil for skin can strip the dirt from your pores, soothe any itching or inflammation of the skin and heal the scars left by chronic skin conditions. Once the skin is cleansed, eucalyptus oil forms a barrier on the skin to protect against environmental damage such as:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Traffic pollution (exhaust fumes)
  • Harmful UV rays
  • Toxins
  • Air pollution

These elements can damage the skin, leaving dirt, grime, and oil in your pores to build-up and lead to skin irritations, skin damage, and premature aging of the skin.


Aging skin can be brought on prematurely, resulting from skin damage caused by environmental sources (free radicals). Changes in collagen production reduce the skin's strength and elasticity, causing the skin to become wrinkled and thin.

The skin has many layers and can be divided into three main parts:

  • Epidermis – (top layer) contains skin cells, pigment, and proteins.
  • Dermis – (middle layer) has blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, and oil glands. The dermis provides nutrients to the epidermis.
  • Subcutaneous layer – (inner layer) contains sweat glands, hair follicles, blood vessels, and fat.

Each layer consists of connective tissue with collagen fibers to strengthen elastin and preserve the skin’s elasticity and strength.

Eucalyptus oil will remove dead skin cells, clear dirt and dust from the pores, boost collagen production, and cleanse the skin from any traces of environmental origins.

Symptoms of aging skin can be:

  • Dryness
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Skin sagging
  • Dark patches
  • Dry patches


Irritation of the skin can lead to infections, dry skin, scaly skin, itchy skin, redness and soreness. This can lead to a chronic skin condition classed as an inflammatory skin condition.

Symptoms of an inflammatory skin condition can be:

  • Dry skin
  • Patchy sores
  • Redness
  • Itchy skin
  • Pus-filled spots
  • Flaky skin
  • Rash
  • Inflamed skin
  • Blotchy skin, and more. 

Although an inflammatory skin condition isn’t contagious, it can lead to physical and emotional distress. To prevent further irritation of the skin, use products free from chemicals and toxins, and as close as possible to 100% natural.

The benefit of using eucalyptus beauty products is you have the combined advantage of its antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. They will help to heal the skin and promote the new cell growth for a clearer, youthful appearance.


Natural products containing eucalyptus can ease any itchiness associated with the skin condition, reduce inflammation, fight the bacteria causing the inflammation, remove dry patches of skin and boost re-growth of cells. This will leave your skin healthy and free from irritation. You will look more youthful and have clear skin with no dry or itchy patches.


Many beauty products contain eucalyptus oil for healthy skin, it is found in soaps and facial cleansers, toners, moisturizers, firming lotions and body washes/shower gels.

The cleansing, soothing, and rejuvenating benefits of Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil  will help you solve skin issues and forge ahead with a new glow, but do your body another favor and stick with products free of harmful toxins to keep skin healthy and free from irritants.