Eucalyptus citriodora Oil, Some Uses

Eucalyptus citriodora Oil, Some Uses

In North Africa, groves of Eucalyptus trees have been planted in swampy, unhealthy places for the  purpose of preventing the spread of malaria. Because it is such a strong insect repellent, it deters mosquitoes from breeding around the trees (11) and since malaria is spread by mosquitoes, that is an extremely effective and very environmentally friendly way of controlling and preventing disease.

EUCALYPTUS_CITRIODORAThere are several different types of Eucalyptus essential oil. This article will be about Eucalyptus citriodora (Eucalyptus citriodora), often called “Lemon Scented Eucalyptus.” The scent has a citronella/lemon overtone with a medicinal undertone.

Because their properties are so similar, Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata have their own article.

Aromatic influences: Promotes health, well being, purification, and healing, diffused may inhibit spread of infection. Promote your awareness of your “inner child,” as well as enhancing feelings of safety and trust in others. Encourages lightness of heart and spontaneous expressions of joy. Soft, gentle, and light.

Combines well with:

Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Cedarwood, Lemon, Lime, Peppermint

Ways to use it

  • Safer to use than Eucalyptus radiata and globulus.
  • Non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Safe to use on all skin types.
  • EucalyptusCitriodora 2Works well as an insect repellent, especially against mosquitoes. You can also add a little Bergamot, and Lavender.
  • As with all Eucalyptus oils, the disinfectant qualities improve with age. So if you have a bottle that’s too old to use in skin or body care, use it to clean with. Put 1 or 2 drops on a wet cloth and wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters with it. Then rinse it out in sink and let the oil run down the drain, killing bacteria lurking in there.
  • To treat throat, chest, and sinus problems, make a steam inhalation by adding 10 drops of Eucalyptus citriodora to a bowl of boiling water.
  • Can use to get tar off of clothing.
  • Very useful in meditations when you are suffering from a cold or other respiratory infection. It helps your breathing to be open so you can keep your mind clear and focused.
  • Brings understanding and creativity.
  • Stimulates positive change and direction.
  • One of the best oils to diffuse when trying to clear out airborne viruses.
  • Inhale the scent deeply and see how it makes you feel. That’s the best way to get started.


Here are a few recipes involving Eucalyptus citriodora oil. To check for more, you can click on Eucalyptus Citriodora in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Relieve Coughs or Colds in Small Children

  • 2 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula into chest morning and evening until 1 week after cough/cold is gone. (10)

Relieve Asthma Symptoms

  • 4 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 2 drops Benzoin
  • 4 drops Myrrh
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage formula into chest twice a day. (10)

Dandruff Treatment

  • 2 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 1 teaspoon unscented Shampoo of choice

Wash hair daily. Works well for an irritated scalp as well. (10)

Colds and Flu Inhalation

  • 3 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 3 drops Tea Tree
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Add essential oils to a bowl of boiling water. Inhale aroma deeply. Best to lean over bowl with a towel over your head to achieve the best benefits. (1)

Man showeringAnti-Dandruff Shampoo

  • 3 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 2 tablespoons Kaolin Powder
  • 3 teaspoons Ground Rice

Mix kaolin and rice together in a resealable bag. Add essential oils, seal bag, and massage until oils are mixed in well. (Should resemble breadcrumbs.) Mix a small amount of mixture with water to create a thick paste. Massage gently into the roots of your hair and scalp, leave for 15 minutes, then rinse out and condition. (1)

Children’s Cold Cure

  • 10 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Tea Tree

Mix together and use any or all of the following ways:

  1. Put 3 drops in a diffuser at night.
  2. Put a few drops on the child’s pillowcase at night
  3. Put 2 drops in 1/2 teaspoon F.C.O. and add to a warm bath.
  4. Add 3 drops to 2 teaspoons of F.C.O. and massage into chest and back. (2)


  • 6 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Rosemary

Mix together and use any or all of the following ways:

  1. Put 3 drops in a diffuser at night.
  2. Put a few drops on the child’s pillowcase at night
  3. Put 2 drops in 1/2 teaspoon F.C.O. and add to a warm bath.
  4. Add 3 drops to 2 teaspoons of F.C.O. and massage into chest and back. (2)

Antiseptic Air Spray

  • 20 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 40 drops Lavender
  • 60 drops Lemon
  • 40 drops Tea Tree
  • 4 ounces Pure Water

Add to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use and liberally spritz room and inhale scent deeply. Spray the air and all surfaces to disinfect the room. Can use distilled, filtered, bottled or spring water. (2)

Mosquito-BitesBug Bite Mix

  • 2 drops German Chamomile
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 3 drops Lavender

Blend oils together and use them any of the following ways:

  1. Apply straight to the bite
  2. Add to a basin of water for washing affected skin
  3. Add the oil blend to 2 tablespoons Cider Vinegar and dab a small portion onto bites with a cotton ball. (2)

Minty Air Freshener

  • 75 drops Peppermint
  • 35 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 10 drops Clove Bud
  • 4 ounce Pure Water

Add to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use and liberally spritz room and inhale scent deeply. (9)

Refreshing Bath Blend

  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 4 drops Melissa
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O.

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath water to soften skin and remove impurities. (9)

Foot Powder

  • 40 drops Cypress
  • 40 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 20 drops Clove Bud
  • 20 drops Orange
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch

Measure cornstarch into a resealable plastic bag, add essential oils, seal bag, and massage bag until essential oils are mixed in. First massage at least 5 drops Grapeseed oil into foot then apply a small portion of powder into foot. (9)

And finally,

What do you like to use Eucalyptus citriodora for? How do you like it? What dos it make you think of when you smell it? Please tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

Eucalyptus Citriodora


  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding

About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.


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