Are you familiar with Eucalyptus Dives? It has all the numerous therapeutic benefits of the more common Eucalyptus Globulus but with refreshing peppermint notes.
Eucalyptus is very supportive to the respiratory system. Its cool, crisp, and menthol aroma opens breathing, clears sinuses, and stops sniffles just to name a few. It would also be good diffused for seasonal threats, or using in an antimicrobial cleaning blend.
This may not be a well known essential oil, but eucalyptus dives has therapeutic benefits and a safety profile that may win you over.
What I find exciting about this oil is that it is kid friendly! Unlike other eucalyptus versions, E. dives doesn't contain large amounts of 1,8 cineole (like 1-2% only), a strong chemical component that is not recommended for use around young children.
Eucalyptus Dives Essential Oil Facts:
Plant Part Used:
Leaves and twigs
Eucalyptus Peppermint, Blue Peppermint, Broad-Leaved Peppermint
Herbaceous, woody, minty, fresh
Piperitone, alpha-phellandrene. See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.
Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant when diluted, kid friendly oil.
Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic. Do not ingest.
Blends Well With:
Peppermint, spearmint, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, pine, spruce, fir, geranium, lavender, cedarwood, sandalwood, melissa, lemon, frankincense, black pepper, bergamot, cypress.
Respiratory infection, sinusitis, sinus headache, influenza, fever, headache, migraine, rheumatism, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, leg cramp, abdominal cramp, menstrual cramp, neuralgia, inflammatory conditions, candida, cellulite, parasitic infections, head lice, fatigue, exhaustion, acne, pimples (from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Wormwood, page 587).
Cuts, sores, ulcers, skin care, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sports injuries, sprains, asthma, bronchitis, catarrah, coughs, throat and mouth infections, colds, fevers, flu, infectious illness, headaches, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, sciatica (from The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, page 88).
Eucalyptus Dives Essential Oil Uses & Benefits
#1. Facilitates Clear Breathing
- Eucalyptus dives has a beautiful and fresh scent that is wonderful for respiratory problems. This eucalyptus oil is suitable for inhalation and topical application to support the whole family’s respiratory health during challenging winter months.
- Diffuse with fir needle or douglas fir to create a fresh and healthy environment. Try some of our other recipes below to promote healthy lungs.
#2. Promotes Motivation
- Its stimulating aroma can pep you up when mentally fatigued. Let it revitalize and restore your mind. It can encourage motivation during times of exhaustion. Enjoy by inhaling or diffusing.
- Shower Drops: Place 2-3 drops on the shower floor just before you get in for a wonderfully fresh scent.
- Direct Inhalation: Add one drop eucalyptus oil to your palm, rub palms together, cup over your nose and mouth, and breathe deeply to clear the mind and uplift the mood.
#3. Clears Mucus & Sinuses
- Excellent oil with mucolytic actions for reducing thick mucus & deep congestion. This oil also has expectorant and decongestant properties that can assist with clearing congestion and helping to expel phlem.
- Steaming Sinus Mug: Place 1-2 drops of eucalyptus dives into a steaming mug of hot water, place nose about 6 inches above mug (or comfort level of choice) and inhale the aroma for 5 minutes. I like using a mug for this instead of a bowl because it makes it easy, portable, and you can target your sinuses only (instead of getting a full facial steam).
#4. Improves Concentration
- This oil has stimulating actions on the mind that can bring mental clarity. It clears the mind and aids in focus and concentration. The uplifting scent can help revitalize the senses, and even freshen the space you are in.
- Use one drop on a diffuser necklace to have the positive support you need throughout the day to keep you focused.
#5 Soothes Pain & Joints
- This refreshing oil has properties that can help with muscle or joint discomfort. It has anti-inflammatory actions for reducing soreness making it an excellent choice when making massage blends.
- Add 3 drops of Eucalyptus dives to 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage onto desired areas to promote feelings of comfort in the body and joints.
- Try our Rejuvenating Foot Bath for tired feet at the end of a long day, see recipes below.
Eucalyptus Dives Essential Oil Recipes
Calm & Clear Diffuser Blend (Kid Friendly)
Perfect blend to use before bedtime to promote clear breathing and a calm atmosphere
- 2 drops Eucalyptus dives
- 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 2 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara)
- 2 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water. Read more about diffusing essential oils.
Rejuvenating Foot Bath
Enjoy a refreshing foot soak, wonderful for treating tired feet
Mix oils together and add in epsom salt. Place foot soak blend into a basin of warm water and soak feet.
Sniffles Diffuser Blend (Kid Friendly)
Kids come home from school with a stuffy nose? Try this blend to combat school germs and clear congestion
- 3 drops Eucalyptus dives
- 3 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara)
Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.
Easy Breathing Inhaler
Facilitate clearer breathing when experiencing difficulties
- 4 drops Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
- 4 drops Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
- 2 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus dives)
- 2 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
- Blank Inhaler
Add to cotton wick of an essential oil inhaler and use several times daily. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.
Breathe Freely Chest Rub (Kid Friendly)
Supportive respiratory blend to open airways and clear congestion
- 4 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
- 4 drops Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
- 2 drops Eucalyptus dives
- 2 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara)
- 1 oz jojoba oil
- 1 oz lotion pump bottle
Place ingredients into bottle and shake to blend. To use, rub on chest. 2% dilution. For kids, cut drops in half for a 1% dilution level (2 drops frank, 2 drops juniper, 1 drop E. dives, 1 drop cedarwood).
Wellness Inhaler (Kid Friendly)
Promote healthy lungs and airway function, especially at first signs of a cold or the flu
- 4 drops Eucalyptus dives
- 4 drops Silver Fir (Abies alba)
- 4 drops Juniper (Juniperus communis)
- Blank Inhaler
Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler. This blend has only kid friendly oils, you can cut the drops in half if making for a young child.
Clear Airway Roller Blend For Kids
Kid friendly roller blend to use for congestion and sniffles
Add essential oils to roller bottle and fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil. Roll onto chest and rub in for respiratory support.
Lovely Home Essential Oil Cleaner
Provides a fresh, clean scent for home cleaning
- 15 drops Eucalyptus dives
- 10 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 8 oz spray bottle
Add ingredients to a spray bottle, shake well to blend and before each use.
Where to Buy Eucalyptus Dives Essential Oil
This is on our Top 30 Affordable Essential Oils list, so cost should not keep this oil from being added to your collection. Here is a brand we like:
General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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