Did you know that eucalyptus leaves themselves can be used in similar ways to eucalyptus oil? You may already be aware that eucalyptus oil is suggested for treating a variety of respiratory problems due to its natural decongestant effects and antibacterial characteristics.

Eucalyptus has been used for hundreds of years by Australian aboriginals as well as early European explorers and collectors. Almost every component of the plant, including the oily leaves, bark, and roots, has medicinal value.

The leaves of the plant can be dried to make tinctures, soaked to make tea, or steamed to produce medicinal vapours. The concentrated, therapeutic essential oil can be extracted from the plant and used topically or orally.

Eucalyptus Leaves: What Are They?

Eucalyptus leaves are produced by eucalyptus plants, the most common of which being Eucalyptus globulus. There are hundreds of closely related species of myrtle (Myrtaceae) plants, most of which are endemic to Australia.


Eucalyptus leaves have been discovered to have antibacterial, antiseptic, and expectorant qualities due to the presence of substances like cineole and flavonoid antioxidants. Below are a few of the key advantages and applications of these leaves.