Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil – Blends, Benefits and Uses
Lavender and Eucalyptus are two of the most commonly used essential oils. Each of them has a wide range of uses, from helping with sleep and anxiety to pain, respiratory congestion, cleaning and more.
Can you Mix Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil Together?
Yes, you can definitely combine lavender and eucalyptus oil. The two blend beautifully for a fresh, slightly sweet, woodsy smell.
A blend of lavender and eucalyptus oil has many uses, from helping with coughs and colds, pain, headaches and sinus congestion to improving mood. A blend of the two oils can often have more powerful effects than each oil on it's own.
The Benefits and Uses of a Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil Blend
1. To Help with Sleep
If you’re having trouble sleeping due to congestion, a combination of eucalyptus and lavender is perfect. The eucalyptus will help clear your airways while the lavender helps you drift off to sleep. You can:
- Try adding a drop of lavender oil and a drop of eucalyptus oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil (sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or any other carrier oil you prefer) and rubbing it on your chest, throat and the soles of your feet.
- Put a drop of lavender and a drop of eucalyptus on a tissue and put it under or beside your pillow
- Have a warm lavender and eucalyptus bath before bed – combine 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of eucalyptus and 2 teaspoons of carrier oil and add to the bath just before you get in.
- Make a lavender and eucalyptus diffuser blend by adding 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of eucalyptus to a 100 ml diffuser. If your diffuser is larger, you can add more oils as needed – eg for a 200 ml diffuser, use 4 drops of lavender and 4 drops of eucalyptus. Diffuse while you sleep.
If you want to branch out and add more oils, try our Breathe Easy Sleep Blend recipe, with lavender, eucalyptus and roman chamomile
If you’re having trouble sleeping for other reasons, eucalyptus oil might not be the best choice but lavender oil could be your saving grace. One study in a sleep lab found that sniffing lavender at night increased the percentage of deep wave sleep. Everyone in the study reported feeling more energetic in the morning after using lavender oil.
Several other studies have found that lavender increases sleep quality, helps people fall asleep and decreases the number of times people wake up in the night. Lavender is by far the most well studied essential oil for sleep problems.
I keep a bottle of lavender oil on my bedside table and rub a drop over my face before I go to bed. (Lavender is one of the few essential oils that you can use on your skin undiluted). If I wake up in the night I rub another drop over my face and it always gets me back to sleep quickly.
You can also
- Put a few drops on a tissue and put in under your pillow
- Have a warm bath with a few drops of lavender oil before bed
- Diffuse lavender in your bedroom while you sleep
You can also try combining lavender with other essential oils like bergamot, sandalwood, roman chamomile and ylang ylang to see what works best for you. Check out our essential oil recipes for sleep, many of which include lavender.
2. To help with Colds, Coughs and Congestion
Eucalyptus is a star when it comes to fighting colds and flus, opening the airways, reducing mucous, easing coughs and relieving sore throats. It’s both anti-viral and anti-microbial, which means it can help fight cold and flu viruses and also kill bacteria that cause sinus infections.
This study found that an emulsion of water and eucalyptus oil completely stopped the replication of the swine flu virus.
Eucalyptus oil reduces mucous and also helps to loosen up existing mucous so you can cough it up more easily. And it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and painkiller, so can help relieve sore throats, headaches and muscle pain.
While lavender isn’t found quite as often as eucalyptus in recipes for coughs, colds and congestion, it is anti-inflammatory and can help soothe coughs, especially if they’re from asthma. It can also help reduce the pain and swelling associated with sinus infections. Plus it will help you get to sleep at night, and a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to help your body fight off a cold.
Try adding a couple of drops of lavender and a couple of drops of eucalyptus to a bowl of just boiled water. Then drape a towel over your head and the bowl and inhale the steam for a few minutes. Alternatively you can use a diffuser, add the oil to a tissue and sniff it, or mix a drop of lavender and a drop of eucalyptus with a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub it on your throat and chest.
3. For Sinus Congestion
The properties that make eucalyptus and lavender so helpful for coughs and colds also mean they’re ideal for sinus congestion. Use the steam inhalation method described above, or try this sinus diffuser blend with peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary.
4. To Ease Pain
Lavender oil and eucalyptus oil both reduce pain, inflammation and swelling. They make a great combination for any kind of pain that involves inflammation, eg sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis. And with lavender’s outstanding benefits for sleep, a combination of lavender and eucalyptus is perfect to use at night if pain is making it difficult for you to sleep.
However lavender and eucalyptus aren't generally used for relieving muscle spasms and tension. If your pain is due to muscle spasms or tension, you can still use them for their pain relieving effects but ideally you’d combine them with another oil like peppermint that can relieve muscle tension.
Try adding 4 drops of lavender and 4 drops of eucalyptus to a 10 ml roller bottle, filling the rest with your favourite carrier oil, eg sweet almond oil, and rolling the bottle to combine. Then massage into the painful area twice a day.
If you're dealing with muscle tension and you want to add peppermint, use 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of peppermint and 2 drops of eucalyptus.
If you don’t have a roller bottle, you can use any dark colored bottle – just increase the quantities to match the size of the bottle. Eg for a 50 ml bottle, use 20 drops of lavender and 20 drops of eucalyptus and fill the rest with carrier oil. You can use our recipe converter to work out how many drops to use for the size of bottle you have.
You can also check out our other Essential Oil Recipes for Pain
5. For Headaches
Eucalyptus and lavender are particularly helpful for headaches. Use either of the pain rollerball recipes above (peppermint is also great for headaches) and massage the oil into the temples and neck.
6. To Improve Mood
Eucalyptus is an invigorating, uplifting essential oil that’s well known for improving alertness and focus. What's less well known is that it also helps with stress. This study found that eucalyptus reduced anxiety in patients when inhaled before selective nerve root block.
Lavender is well known for it's relaxing qualities and is widely used for anxiety, depression and moodiness.
Used together, they can have very complementary effects for improving mood. Try diffusing 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of eucalyptus when you’re feeling anxious, down or emotionally exhausted.
7. To Make Your House Smell Fresh and Cheerful
A lavender and eucalyptus room spray can help to enliven the atmosphere in your home. It’s perfect when you want to create a relaxed atmosphere but you still want to be productive and get things done.
Mix 7 drops of lavender and 3 drops of eucalyptus with 2 teaspoons of 160 proof or higher alcohol in an 8 oz spray bottle and shake well. This step is important as it will dissolve the essential oils and keep them from separating from the water. Then add half a cup of distilled water, shake well again and spray into the air.
8. For Cleaning
Eucalyptus and lavender are both powerful, natural anti-bacterial cleaners that will make your house smell fresh and clean without harmful chemicals.
You can make an all purpose cleaning spray by combining 20 drops of eucalyptus, 10 drops of lavender, half a cup of vinegar and 1.5 cups of distilled water in a 16oz dark coloured glass spray bottle and shaking well. Spray the cleaner onto hard surfaces and wipe them clean. For stubborn marks, you can leave the spray on for a few minutes before you wipe it clean.
Don’t use this cleaning spray on marble or granite as the vinegar can damage them. Also be careful with hard wood floors – always patch test first.
More Lavender and Eucalyptus Recipes
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