Fresh or dried, wild or cultivated, eucalyptus boasts a long history of lore and magic. From healing poppets to purification rites, a pinch of this versatile plant invigorates the mind and body.
Learn how to use eucalyptus in witchcraft 9 ways.
Please note: Eucalyptus essential oil is toxic in large quantities. Take care not to use it excessively, always dilute it when applying to the skin and never take it internally. Oh, yeah, also: This is so not intended as medical advice. Please get your medical questions answered by a licensed herbalist, doctor or other healthcare professional. Common sense, people.
Relieve a worry wort.
Eucalyptus naturally calms the mind and soothes irrational anxieties.
Add the essential oil to a diffuser to help clear distracting worries and renew a sense of calm and focus.
Alternatively, dilute it in olive oil. Rub it on the skin during massage to soften jitters and easy the mind.
Use it in Purification Water.
If you ritually cleanse your home, tools or yourself on a regular basis, try using eucalyptus leaves in purification water.
Boil eucalyptus leaves on the stove in a pot or cauldron. Allow it to cool. Sprinkle the water around your home or yourself by placing your fingertips in a bowl of the infusion and then flicking the water into corners, closets and entryways.
Store leftovers in a clear glass jar in the freezer.
Steep it in a healing salve.
Promote a positive mental outlook when battling the common cold.
Try this recipe for an herbal chest rub, but leave it in the full moon light to enhance its metaphysical properties.
Store in a cool, dry place until you need it.
Take a ritual . . . shower.
So, I’m a big fan of the ritual bath.
But let’s be real. Sometimes, all you have time for is a ritual shower.
Make it all herb-y by hanging a bouquet of eucalyptus at the base of your showerhead.
Turn on hot water, and feel your stress drain away in the bright, cleansing vapors.
Ahhh . . .
To Conjure Solitude
Koala bears maintain a special relationship with eucalyptus. The koala bear calls eucalyptus forests home and rely on the plant as a dietary staple.
These wild creatures of the woodlands prefer solitude, seeking out social interaction for just 15 minutes a day.
They also sleep up to 20 hours per day.
Call on the spirit of the koala bear when you need some well-spent time for reflection, rest and solitude by placing a vase of eucalyptus near the entryway of your home.
For Gentle Protection
But sometimes, they drive away everything and leave us in a guarded state of mind.
As a protection herb, eucalyptus emits a gentler, less forceful energy that shields from milder intrusions on our space and life.
Add dried eucalyptus to spells for soft protection.
In a Healing Poppet
A classic healing herb, adding the dried leaves of this plant to healing poppet clears energetic blockages in the body.
Stuff it in your poppet, sew it up, and leave it on the altar to meditate on daily.
Don’t know how to make a poppet? Here’s a basic tutorial.
For a Ritual Foot Soak
The simple act of washing one’s feet before ritual experience permeates thousand-year-old cultures around the world.
Many Hindus wash their feet before entering a temple or holy place.
I just recently discovered that even Catholics occasionally use ritual foot wash for purification and humility. (If you’re Catholic or formerly Catholic, and you know about this practice, please email me
Try incorporating this lovely ritual into your next circle. Boil 2 cups of water on the stove with several eucalyptus leaves. Then, draw yourself a foot bath, either in a large bowl, or in your tub. Add the infusion to the water and soak your feet before you enter the circle.
Discourage Bad Vibes at Work
Place a vase of eucalyptus in your work space to ward off deceptive or maleficent co-workers and keep your work environment positive.
Change out the water frequently to refresh the energy.
When the herbs wilt, bury them somewhere far away from your work space.