What Are The Magical Properties Of Eucalyptus?

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By Mark Piatt

Updated on July 28, 2023

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In folklore and magickal circles, the magical properties of eucalyptus are often associated with protection, purification, banishing, and spiritual well-being.  Since ancient times, eucalyptus has been used to call on the spirit of the koala bear.

When I think of eucalyptus, I think of my mom giving me Vicks Vaper rub when I had a cold to help me breathe and I also think of koala bears.

But, eucalyptus has many spiritual and magickal benefits that have been utilized for thousands of years.

The tree is a symbol of life, growth, and fertility and is home to spirits that protect the forests, animals, and people.

Unlike some other protective herbs such as rosemary or garlic, the magical properties of eucalyptus provide more gentle protection from negative forces.

You may think that eucalyptus is inferior to those other herbs because of this.  The problem is that those other herbs create such a strong barrier that they can block and drive away even positive forces.

These other more powerful herbs may leave you in a guarded state of mind, instead of relaxed.

So when you need soft protection, eucalyptus is what you want to use.

 As a general rule, these are the main magickal properties that eucalyptus is often associated with: 

  • Protection / Banishing
  • Purification
  • Spiritual Growth

But these are not the only magickal properties associated with eucalyptus. 

 Some of the other important magickal properties associated with eucalyptus are: 

  • Enhances psychic dreams
  • Averts nightmares
  • Connect with nature
  • Connect with water elements
  • Cast off bad habits
  • Healing properties
  • Clarity
  • Renewal
  • Balance
  • Wedding symbolism
  • Leadership
  • Used for ritual foot washes
  • Ritual baths
  • Calms the mind
  • Consecrate wands and other items


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.  Occult properties of herbs and essential oils are provided for historical interest only.  For possible treatments of physical or mental diseases, please seek a trained and licensed health professional.  Enchanted Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse side effects resulting from the use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from the following historical uses of herbs and essential oils.

Magickal Correspondence For Eucalyptus

  • Eucalyptus is considered feminine.  
  • The vibration of eucalyptus is considered part of the water and air elements.
  • Eucalyptus is associated with the moon.
  • The astrological sign of eucalyptus is Pisces and Cancer.
  • Eucalyptus is associated with the god’s Mercury and Venus. 
  • Eucalyptus can also be used to call on the spirit of the koala bear.  Also home to spirits that protect the forest.
  • Chakras that work with eucalyptus:  Root, throat, and heart.  

What is eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus is fast-growing evergreen trees and shrubs that are widespread throughout the old world, Australia, Africa, and tropical Asia, but now grow in other locations.

There are over 660 (900 depending on certain criteria) species of eucalyptus, which is part of the Myrtle family, but for magick, we are mainly concerned with a single species – Eucalyptus globulus. 

Some may also refer to this species as Southern blue gum.  For the remainder of this article, when I refer to eucalyptus, I am referring to Eucalyptus globulus, because of its special properties, unless otherwise stated.

Eucalyptus typically grows between 98 – 180 feet tall.  But there were reports in the past of this tree reaching heights up to 400 feet.

Although essential oils are made from other species of eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus is the primary source of essential oil.

For easing cold and flu symptoms, Eucalyptus radiata is the essential oil of choice for many people.  It has a lighter scent compared to Eucalyptus globulus.

Warning:  Eucalyptus is toxic, especially around young children and pets.  NEVER use eucalyptus in a diffuser around babies or pets.  Taken internally, eucalyptus can cause serious liver damage.

The earliest magickal uses of eucalyptus come from the Aboriginal people of Australia.

For the Aborigines, the spiritual and medicinal properties of eucalyptus are extremely important.  In fact, eucalyptus is so important in Australia, that March 23, is a national holiday in respect to eucalyptus.

Different Aboriginal tribes have dreaming stories of the eucalyptus tree.  All these stories tell of how the eucalyptus tree is a symbol of life, growth, and fertility.

Eucalyptus symbolizes the divisions between the underworld, Earth, and heaven.

As part of their spiritual rituals for making contact with “dream beings”, Aboriginals would smoke eucalyptus to help put their mind into an altered state.

In return, the “dreaming beings” would provide the Aboriginals with a continued flow of life-giving power.

There is even a popular song (nursery rhyme) called “The Kookaburra Song” that originated in Australia.  In its first line, it states, “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree“.  The old gum tree is a eucalyptus tree.

Today, people use eucalyptus in many spiritual and magickal ways.

With the divine smell of eucalyptus, it helps to promote balance, calm an agitated mind, and ease tension and worries.

The magical fragrance is known for clearing out negative energies from homes.  

 There are many ways you can incorporate eucalyptus into your life and magick including: 

  • Dried or fresh leaves
  • Essential oil
  • Incense sticks and cones
  • Eucalyptus powder
  • Candles
  • Sea salt with eucalyptus
  • Lotions
  • Soaps, shampoos, and body washes
  • Perfumes and colognes
  • Spell bags and satchels
  • Simmer pot
  • Infusions

Since there is more than one way to accomplish your magickal goals, using the magical properties of eucalyptus is just one tool from an arsenal of tools and techniques you should be using in your magick.

If a spell does not feel right to you, change it.  There is no magickal law that says you can not change your spell to fit YOUR needs.  

The most important aspects of any magick are your intent and your belief, not props.

But if the props help you focus your intent, then, by all means, use your herbs, wands, crystals, or whatever helps you manifest your spell into reality.

Spell examples we give follow sound magickal practices.  It is important that whatever spell you use or create, HARM NO ONE.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can use herbs in your magickal rituals, check out the following book by Ally Sands “Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect, and Manifest“.

Can the magical properties of eucalyptus be used for protection and banishing rituals?

Used to cast off evil, clear out negative energy, and protect against crossed conditions, the magical properties of eucalyptus are an excellent source of gentle protection.

Septagram and lunate cross

(The above symbols are symbols of protection.  The first symbol is the Lunate Cross.  It has 4 crescents with its horns facing outward, protecting the cross from evil.  The crescents are also a reminder of the 4 lunar stages.  The septagram is used for long life and protection.  7 is special because it consists of the union of the physical [4] with the union of the spiritual [3]).

Generally, you would use eucalyptus to protect yourself or your space from a gentle intrusion because it will only provide you with soft protection.  If the negative intrusion is something stronger, you need to use something more powerful.

The protection from eucalyptus is short and usually considered gentle.

But if you just require some gentle protection, the following examples will show how you can use eucalyptus in your protection rituals.

Adding a magickal ward of protection is a great way of protecting a space, such as a home or a room in a home, and keeping unwanted negative influences at bay.

 What is a ward? 

A magickal ward is an invisible energetic perimeter programmed to your specific protective instructions. 

Wards are excellent at providing a barrier against negative energies and negative attitudes from crossing over.

Protective wards can also help deflect psychic attacks (both intentional and unintentional).  Unintentional attacks can manifest themselves from envy and jealousy.

 The following home protection spell utilizes eucalyptus, bay leaves, and drawing a protective pentacle in the air.  Perform this ritual once a week at night, at every window and door. 

(Feel free to substitute the eucalyptus incense with more powerful protective incense such as white sage)

After meditating and freeing yourself of

of negative thoughts, light your eucalyptus incense.

Go to each door and window and draw the

Pentacle with drawingspentacle in the air in front of the window or door.

After drawing your pentacle,

say the following out loud while moving

your eucalyptus incense across the window or door:


Spirit protect this place from all evil,

and may the angels guard this home,

and all within.

So, Mote, It Be!


Before you leave each room, sprinkle a small

amount (small pinch) of powdered bay leaves

in the corner of each room.

(It is believed that the smell of bay leaves repels every type of evil)

 You can also create a protective floor wash that utilizes eucalyptus as part of its protection or to banish negative energy from the space.   

Floor washes are an ancient and traditional way of utilizing magick to protect and expel negative energies from your space, or can be used to invite positive energies. 

Traditionally, to repel the negative energy, you want to work from the back of the house to the front door and out, pushing out the negative energies.

If your house is carpeted, you can use a spray and slowly work your way toward the front of your house.

You can either use just eucalyptus or a mixture of other ingredients that are common when creating protective floor washes.

 Herbs and other natural substances you may wish to include in your protective floor wash include: 

  • Garlic
  • Hyssop
  • Pepper
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Rose Water
  • Oak Bark
  • Lemon Grass
  • Valerian Root

 A good all-around floor wash combination would include an infusion of eucalyptus, mint, and hyssop. 

  • Eucalyptus – will provide gentle protection and heals the past.

  • Mint – invites good luck.

  • Hysop – cleanses evil.

You can also use eucalyptus to protect you from getting in a crossed state.  If you are already in a crossed state, you will need to use something more powerful than eucalyptus.

 What does it mean to be crossed? 

A crossing can occur when you have been invaded by negative energy.  A crossed condition keeps a person from moving forward with their life.  They become stagnant.

Crossed conditions can be caused by hexes, bad luck, stress, anger, blame, unhealthy attachments, entities, or other hardships.

If a person is already crossed, you will usually use an oil made from plants with high vibration such as rosemary and lemon. 

Rosemary is used for purifying and lemon has powerful cleansing and clearing properties.

Other herbs that are often used in uncrossing oils include hyssop, lavender, rose, and verbena.

But by using eucalyptus, you can create a shield of protection before you are crossed.

If you are interested in learning about other herbs and essential oils that can be used for magickal protection, please read the following article “16 Essential Oils For Protection“.

Can eucalyptus be used for magickal purification rituals?

Eucalyptus can be used in spells for purifying a space of evil or other negative energies.  Use eucalyptus in spells that require harvesting earthly energies used in your purification rituals.

In the same way we harvest renewable energy to power our gadgets, you can also tap into the earth’s natural energy forces to heal, soothe, and purify yourself or your spaces.

Those natural frequencies can come from a variety of sources such as plants, water, a nearby tree, or even a rock you are sitting on.

Eucalyptus is especially powerful in connecting with water-based elements.

Although not a main part of the following spell, eucalyptus will help clear your mind and bring fresh energy into your spell.

Eucalyptus will help ground you to the earth so you can tap into the deep energy well of the earth.  You can perform this ritual when you are feeling anxious.

 The following ritual will help purify your mind.  The ritual itself must be performed outdoors. 

  • Locate a place outdoors where you are comfortable.  It could be in a field, a forest, next to a stream, in your garden, or anywhere you feel like you are one with nature.
  • Before starting the ritual, inhale eucalyptus leaves or if you are at home, use a diffuser with eucalyptus oil.    
  • Take deep breaths and allow the soothing aroma of the eucalyptus to clear your mind of all distractions.
  • Once your mind is clear, remove the eucalyptus from your nose area.  Give yourself a few minutes for the fragrance of eucalyptus to dissipate.
  • Next, you want to connect with the smells, sounds, textures, and visuals of your surroundings.  Use all 5 of your senses.
  • As you take deep breaths, imagine the energies from everything around you entering your body.  Don’t be afraid to use your imagination to visualize how these energies enter your body.
  • As you exhale, release any resistance and allow yourself to connect with everything around you.
  • As you continue this exercise, you should feel your connection with mother earth become stronger.
  • Continue doing this until you feel you have made a connection with Earth.  Ask her to purify your mind, body, and soul of all negative thoughts and energies.
  • Imagine a surge of purifying energy entering your body.
  • This energy does not only have the power to purify, it also has the power to heal.  
  • At the end of your ritual, do not forget to thank mother earth for lending you some of her energy to purify you.

Sometimes you may have problems concentrating, for example, if you do a lot of writing – like me – sometimes you may have writer’s block.

You can use eucalyptus in a blend to help purify and dispel your mind of whatever is causing the block.

 Use the following blend of essential oils in a diffuser to help purify your mind and “unblock” your mind to follow your creative pursuits. 

  • 10 drops of tangerine – used for inspiration – lifts burdens blocking your creativity.
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus – used to awaken your mind – helps to ground your mind and heart.
  • 3 drops of oakmoss absolute – used for manifestation – ground your mind and heart.
  • 1 drop cinnamon leaf – used to enhance creativity and uplift your spirit – lifts burdens blocking our creativity.

This blend is for 100 ml of water.  If you wish to use the blend with a larger percentage of water, increase the blend.  For example, if you are filling a 200 ml diffuser, double the recipe.

 Besides eucalyptus, The following herbs, woods, resins, and spices are often burned in a censer to purify and protect spaces. 

  • Cedar – Attracts good spirits and eliminates negative energy.  Has a warm, woody aroma.
  • Copal – Purifies the energy of people, places, and objects.  Has a clean, light, woody aroma.
  • Dragon’s Blood – This resin has powerful healing power.  Smells earthy and dense with a musky, slightly sweet floral smell.
  • Frankincense – The most desirable incense for purifying a space.  The fragrance is powerful, woody, earthy, and spicy with a touch of fruity nuance.
  • Juniper – Dispels negative energies and can be used to cleanse ritual spaces.  The aroma of juniper is exquisite.  Juniper has a pleasing, woody, slightly spicy fragrance. 
  • Lavender – Lavender is used to help purify the body and spirit and is often used for cleaning purposes.  Burning lavender has a fragrance similar to the lavender we all know but with a deeper, smokier fragrance.
  • Mugwort – Used for spiritual cleansing and consecrating tools and spaces.  Burning mugwort smells similar to marijuana.
  • Myrrh – Used for purification and cleansing rituals.  Myrrh emits a sweet holy smoke that is resinous with an amber/woody and slight medicinal smell.  
  • Palo Santo – Considered a “holy” wood, used to purify magickal tools and spaces.  The sweet aroma from Palo Santo is a subtle, woody fragrance that exhibits hints of citrus and mint.
  • Rosemary – The aroma from burning rosemary can purify a space and bring peace.  The smell from burning rosemary can be pungent, and earthy, but very fragrant with a slight piney smell.  
  • Sandalwood – One of the most sacred woods for purification rituals.  The aroma of sandalwood is a sweet/woody scent with balsamic, musky, and floral tones.
  • Sweet Grass – Sacred to the Native Americans, burn sweet grass to purify your mind, body, and spirit and to cleanse your space.  Burning sweet grass has a distinct, vanilla-like scent but can also smell like freshly cut grass.  
  • White Sage – White sage has the best success of purifying a space.  White sage is one of the best herbs you can use for purifying a space.  White sage has a sharp, very pungent odor that is spicy.  
  • Yerba Santa – A “holy” herb, smudging Yerba Santa is often done for protection, cleansing, and setting magickal boundaries.  Yerba Santa has a complex, sweet, and spicy scent.  

The censor is a fireproof container where you burn your aromatics on the hot coals to cause your aromatics to burn and spread that magickal smoke.

The good thing about incense censers is they can be used with any type of incense, including wood, sticks, cones, or any other type of loose aromatics.  Plus, burning your incense in your censer is much safer than burning your incense out in the open.

Some people will fill their censers with sand, rice ash, or even diatomaceous earth.  I prefer to use the ash of the coals.

If you are interested in checking out a variety of censers from Amazon, Click Here.

Can eucalyptus be used to enhance and cultivate your spiritual growth and spiritual healing?

Like many herbs, eucalyptus can be used to support your spiritual and emotional health.  The power of eucalyptus weaves its way through your body and straight to your spiritual body.

Since the beginning of time, people have been looking into their teacups to find answers in the tea leaves.

I think the best way to experience spiritual healing and growth with eucalyptus is by drinking eucalyptus tea.

You can use either eucalyptus tea bags or loose eucalyptus tree leaves.  If using the leaves, use 1 leaf (about a teaspoon) for an eight-ounce cup of hot water.

Be sure to strain any loose leaves in the cup before drinking.

For good quality eucalyptus tea, check out this Organic Eucalyptus Tea (100 tea bags).   The eucalyptus trees this tea comes from are grown on a farm that loves their trees.  The trees are NEVER treated with any chemicals, and are NON-GMO,  

While drinking your eucalyptus tea, take in the energizing vapors and feel the tension melt away.

You can also mix the eucalyptus with other teas.  A nice soothing combination is eucalyptus, peppermint, and chamomile.

 Here are some other ways you can use eucalyptus to increase your spiritual well-being. 

  • When you need time for reflection, place a vase of eucalyptus near the entryway of your home.
  • Eucalyptus represents balance,  Diffuse eucalyptus oil in your home to help balance your mind and boost concentration.
  • Inhaling eucalyptus can help you overcome obstacles and embrace change as part of your personal growth.
  • Hang eucalyptus leaves over windows or doors to help prevent negative energy from entering the space, which will help increase your spiritual well-being.
  • In an area that could use healing, create a ring of eucalyptus leaves.  Place a lighted white or blue candle in the center. Perform your protection or healing rituals.
  • Rub eucalyptus essential oil into a red candle to enhance the red candle’s power to gain strength and endurance.
  • Add eucalyptus leaves to medicine bags, mojo bags, and healing poppets, and keep this on you at all times.
  • Rub on your ritual tools to help cleanse them of lingering energies.
  • While taking a shower, rub a few drops of eucalyptus between your palms and enjoy your spirit being uplifted.
  • Place 5-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in your bath for the same effect.
  • If there is a sick person in the home, hang a twig of eucalyptus (or loose eucalyptus leaves in a mojo bag) over the sick bed.
  • Use eucalyptus to help influence a situation with new life or to mend regrets or fears.
  • After boiling a pot of eucalyptus and letting it cool, use it to bless your home by flicking water into the corners.  Do not forget your closets.
  • Inhaling eucalyptus can be used to enhance visions and psychic dreams.
  • Eucalyptus can be used to consecrate wands.  Take your new wooden wand out at sunset, facing the east, raise it in the air, rub eucalyptus or mint leaves on the wand, and invoke the Goddess.  At sunrise, take the wand out again and while facing the east, rub the fresh fragrant leaves of eucalyptus on it, and invoke your God. 

What does eucalyptus smell like?

Eucalyptus has a mix of rich, minty, cooling, camphoraceous scents bordering on the medicinal side.  This fragrance is the result of over 250 phytochemical compounds creating a cacophony of aromas all interacting with each other.

The aroma of eucalyptus varies subtly depending on the species.  Some have more citrus and lemon-type aromas, while others have more woody aromas.

But, they are all similar enough that when you smell them, you know you are smelling eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus globulus has the highest concentration of cinele, which is where most of the aroma comes from.  Because of this, Eucalyptus globulus is the most widely used variety.


Eucalyptus-based products have long been a staple in medicine cabinets.  It should also be a staple in your magickal repertoire.    

If you are interested in learning about some general magical properties of essential oils, check out my article “15 Magical Properties of Essential Oils“.  

If you know of other magical properties of eucalyptus or different ways in which you use eucalyptus on your spiritual journey, we would love to hear from you so we may incorporate what you share in this article.

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