Always consult with your Vet before using herbal remedies with other, prescribed, medications.

What actually is it?

Originally, the leaves were used by the Aborigines (native Australians) to help heal wounds and reduce fevers. They also used it as a handy source of water for when they were stuck in the Outback (Eucalyptus roots are filled with water). Its main use in Australia was for food for the koala bears (their primary food source), but today it is grown all over the world

Eucalyptus leaves and the oils contained within them kill bacteria, and help ease breathing difficulties in people with ailments such as croup, asthma, and bronchitis. It is also now used externally as a chest decongestant and to ease aches and pains. You can even find it in deodorants, perfumes, soaps and some foods and drinks!! It can also be used as an insect repellant.

Uses in rats

To clear the airways in rats that suffer from respiratory problems.


Use diluted in water either for use in an oil-burner or just to aerate the room. I keep a ceramic dish on top of a radiator in the living room where the rats are and fill it full of water with a few drops of Eucalyptus in it. The heat from the radiator keeps helps evaporate the water and oil into the air, keeping the room fresh and helping keep lungs a bit clearer!


None, as long as not eaten!


References: [15] [16] [17]