Today I find myself chatting about trees…again…big surprise, I know! But since we’re participating in the pagan blog project and we’re on the letter “E” I couldn’t think of a better time to address the amazing Eucalyptus tree! The leaves and oil of this plant the have a very distinct scent and are used for both household and magickal needs.
I won’t get into all of the species of this plant because there are simply too many to mention, but will instead address it in a more general manner.
This beautiful fast growing tree can reach heights of up to 300 feet. Under the earth, it grows just as wildly, spreading out a vast network of roots which have the capability to dry up entire marshy areas. It is this ability which has been harnessed to drain malarial swamps in some countries, saving countless lives.
Native to Australia, this tree has long been used by the Aboriginals to heal wounds, asthma, sinus infections and colds, insect bites, headaches, fever and inflammation and even soothe muscle aches.
So it’s no surprise that Eucalyptus on the magickal side of things would have similar properties. A feminine and moon plant, its element is water. It can be used for purification, protection, healing and cleansing.
Isn’t it interesting how the magickal and mundane overlap so nicely. Because of this, I’ve decided to add some things you can do with eucalyptus, both magickally and medicinally. But before I get to that, let’s have a little reminder of the precautions one should take when using herbs or essential oils.
- Do not use on children under five, pets, or persons with asthma, people suffering from high blood pressure, allergies, or pregnant woman.
- Otherwise healthy individuals should consult their doctor, naturopath, dermatologist or licensed herbalist to make sure that using the oil/herb will not contradict any ongoing medical treatment already in place, or worsen any pre-existing illness.
- As with all essential oils/herbs, you should take care when using the product. Oils are highly concentrated and should not be used without proper dilution. These oils can be poisonous when taken/used in too high a dose.
- If you experience skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, or respiratory distress after using an oil/herb discontinue use and seek appropriate medical care.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff shall we.
Magickal uses for Eucalyptus
- Stuff a poppet with eucalyptus leaves and carry to aid in healing, or to maintain good health.
- Anoint a candle with eucalyptus oil, as you burn the candle meditate on your intentions. (Colour of candle will depend on your intent. Green for physical healing, Yellow to increase energy, Red or Black for protection, White for purification and cleansing, Pink for spiritual healing, Blue for body, mind and soul healing, Orange to rid negativity)
- Carry a small sachet filled with eucalyptus leaves for protection.
- A small eucalyptus branch can be hung over the bed of a sick person to help speed healing.
- If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on them, immature eucalyptus pods may be strung on a green thread/string and worn around the neck to aid in healing of neck, throat, or head ailments.
- Add eucalyptus flowers/branches to a bouquet being sent to a sick person to speed recovery from illness.
- If you live in the proper planting zone, a eucalyptus tree can be planted as a memorial to a loved one.
Here’s a little spell from my secret stash that you may find fun:
Healing Eucalyptus Candle Spell
By Renee Ainsley
This spell can be used for physical, mental, or emotional healing. Simply choose the candle colour to suit your needs.
Anoint a (colour of your choice) candle with 1 drop of eucalyptus oil – making sure that you have checked prior that you will have no reactions to this essential oil – OR you can use plastic form fitting gloves to ensure you will be safe. Then make a ring of dried or fresh eucalyptus leaves and place around the candle.
Take a few cleansing breaths and think about what it is that you hope to accomplish, when you are ready light the candle.
On a small piece of paper, write down any ailments you wish to rid yourself of.
Place a tiny amount of dried eucalyptus in the center of the paper and fold the pater around the herb.
Sit for a moment and focus your intent into the folded paper.
Say, “You are free and I am well, I release you, do not dwell.”
Cast your paper with the dried herbs into the cauldron. Use a match or stick to take fire from your healing blue candle and set the paper alight.
As the paper is burning, envision yourself well. Be very detailed; see all of the things you will do as a well person.
When the paper is completely burned and the ashes are cooled, take them to your front door and release them into the wind (If you live in an apartment building, simply use the window, or walk the ashes outside where you can sprinkle them.
As you let the ashes go say, “I am well and suffer no more. All that ailed me here’s the door.”
There is a bit of conscious effort here on our part. Sometimes, when we’ve been ill whether spiritually, emotionally, or physically it begins to consume us. It is all we think about and even much of what we say to others. And rightly so, we feel crumby and sometimes it helps to vent about it.
But many times, long after the healing has begun, we can sort of unconsciously cling to something that is ready to leave.
In this spell, the act of verbally and physically releasing the ailment (the ashes) can be cathartic in and of itself.
Mundane Uses for Eucalyptus
- Make an infusion of eucalyptus to be placed in the bath water to help with congestion.
- For headaches and sinus congestion, mix a drop of eucalyptus essential oil with a pea-sized amount of lotion, balm or salve. Apply a small dot of mixture to the temples, the brow-ridge, and sides of your nose. Do not get into eyes.
- For insect bites or scratches, one drop of eucalyptus essential oil can be mixed with a pea-sized amount of cocoa butter or antibiotic ointment. Dab on bites or scratches.
- For colds and sinus congestion, boil two cups of spring or distilled water. Add two drops (DO NOT USE MORE THAN 2 DROPS) of oil to water. With the water mixture securely situated in front of you, dip your head over the bowl/pot/bucket and drape a towel over your head and the water mixture. Light inhalations of the steam, through your nose for five minutes should help relieve some congestion. Repeat no more than twice per day.
- To help relieve muscle aches, mix one drop of eucalyptus essential oil with a pea-sized amount of lotion. Rub into sore muscles. Only use on one small area at a time. Do not use for an entire back, leg, or full-body massage.
- Mix eucalyptus essential oil, about 4-6 drops, with 2 cups of Epson salts and add to a bath. About ½ cup per bath.
Also used for natural insect repellent, some skin conditions, house hold cleansers and disinfectants. There’s a lot of room to experiment and play here so I’ll let you research this on your own. I have included two neat cleaning recipes though. Eucalyptus oil mixes well with lavender, rosemary, pine, and cedar-wood essential oils. Eucalyptus and lavender are a great combination for stress headaches and as a spray cleaner for disinfecting. Just remember the safety rules for oils and herbs.
Floor Cleaner – Add 1 tbsp of liquid castile soap to 1 gallon of hot water and 1/3 cup Borax. Mix in 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of eucalyptus essential oil. Scrub floors and let dry. (Suggestion, test first on an inconspicuous area to make sure your floor does not become discoloured.)
Garbage Pail Deodorizer – Mix 4 teaspoons oil with 4 cups of baking soda, and store in an airtight container. After cleaning garbage can, and once it has dried, sprinkle a handful of baking soda mixture on the bottom.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Thanks for reading,
Something to think about* It takes more than 110 pounds of eucalyptus plant material to produce about 2 pounds of essential oil. We are so lucky to have the bountiful harvests we do, and we should enjoy the wondrous gifts that mother earth bestows upon us in moderation. Everything takes energy to become something. When we take take take without regard and do not give back, an imbalance grows.
NOTE* The information posted here is not intended as medical advice and is for entertainment purposes only. 2 Witches in A Box is not liable for the misuse of the herb/essential oil listed above.