Rosalina Essential Oil – The Kid-Safe Eucalyptus Alternative

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Known as “lavender tea tree” in Australia, Rosalina essential oil is not as well known as either lavender or tea tree, but it definitely should be. Extremely gentle, this essential oil is the perfect substitute for eucalyptus in any kid-friendly vapor rub or diffuser blend. It works hard to help ease seasonal discomfort, calm coughs, and open up airways for better breathing. Carrying many of the same properties as lavender and tea tree, Rosalina is great at cleansing and healing open wounds, dermatitis, and even acne.

Have you heard of Rosalina Essential Oil? Let's talk rosalina! This wonderful smelling essential oil has MANY uses, but my favorite is using it as a kid-safe eucalyptus eo alternative! For recipes and more info on Rosalina:

Posted by The Hippy Homemaker – Christina Anthis on Friday, September 14, 2018

Rosalina Essential Oil Profile

Botanical Name: Melaleuca ericifolia
Country of Origin:
Extraction Method:
Steam Distilled
Plant Parts:
Aromatic Scent:
 Soft, lemony, medicinal and floral scent
Blends Well With:
blue tansy, citronella, citrus oils, coriander, cypress, fir needle, geranium, lavender, palmarosa, spruce, tea tree
Can Be Substituted With:
 coriander, eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, tea tree
Medicinal Properties:
analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, febrifuge, mucolytic, sedative
Kid Safe:
Yes. Safe for use on/around babies and children 3+ months
Safety Cautions:
None known

Physical uses for Rosalina eo

Rosalina essential oil is such a wonderful essential oil to keep on hand because like lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree essential oils, it's extremely useful for many different physical issues! I use this essential oil in MANY of my kid-safe essential oil blends as a substitute for eucalyptus essential oil. There are many physical uses for rosalina essential oil, including: 

  • asthma
  • allergies (seasonal)
  • burn relief/after-sun care
  • bug sprays
  • catarrh/coughs
  • circulation
  • colds/flu
  • congestion
  • ear infections
  • headaches
  • itch-relief
  • fevers
  • germs
  • immune support
  • pain relief
  • sniffles/sneezing
  • warts

Emotional uses for Rosalina eo

Rosalina essential oil is a very calming and soothing essential oil that is great at helping to calm the little ones down at bathtime, release tension after a stressful day, or soothe an amped up mind before bedtime. Rosalina can be used to help:

  • anxiety
  • sleep issues
  • stress
  • tension

Where can you find Rosalina eo?

Rosalina essential oil is not as prevalent of an oil compared to other more well known essential oils, so many of your favorite essential oil shops likely don't carry it! Guess what though? My favorite essential oil peeps, Plant Therapy carries it at a very reasonable price and in 3 different sizes! I use Rosalina so often in my home that it's one of the oils I buy in the large 100ml size.

Rosalina Recipes

There are tons of uses for rosalina essential oil, so many that I couldn't possibly share all of the recipes right here! Below you will find three of my favorite kid-friendly recipes utilizing rosalina essential oil!

Kid-Friendly Bronchial Chest Rub

You can find this recipe and many more in my book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama and Baby

INGREDIENTS3-6 mo.6-24 mo.2-6 yr.6+ yr.
Unrefined Coconut Oil1/2 cup1/2 cup1/2 cup1/2 cup
Rosalina Essential Oil2 drops8 drops16 drops30 drops
Lavender Essential Oil1 drop4 drops8 drops20 drops
Fir Needle Essential Oil1 drop4 drops8 drops20 drops


  1. In a small pan over low heat, melt the coconut oil. 
  2. Once melted, remove from heat, and add the rosalina, lavender, and fir needle essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Pour into a Mason jar, and put into the freezer for 20 minutes, to harden.
  4. Rub onto your baby's chest, back, and the bottoms of their feet. Cover the feet with socks. Store any unused rub in a cool, dark location.

SAFETY TIP – Do not apply this chest rub to your child's face or directly under their nose!

Cleanse the Air Diffuser Blend

This blend is great at cleansing and freshening the air as well as kicking germs to the curb! It's also a great immune supporting blend when everyone else around you is getting sick! I like to make my diffuser blends in a larger quantity so that I can simply add the drops to my diffuser whenever I need to!



Add all the essential oils to an empty essential oil bottle (or any dark glass bottle with a dropper), and gently swirl to combine.


Add the recommended drops from the table below to a diffuser and diffuse throughout the room in 30-minute increments (30 minutes on/30 minutes off).

0-6 mo.6-24 mo.2-6 yr.6+ yr.
2 drops4 drops6 drops8-10 drops

Growing Pains Relief Bath

This bath can be used for more than just growing pains! You can use this bath for muscle pain relief, stress, anxiety, and even to help relax the mind and body before going to bed!

INGREDIENTS2-6 yr.6+ yr.
Rosalina Essential Oil3 drops4 drops
Lavender Essential Oil2 drops3 drops
Roman chamomile essential oil1 drops2 drops
Liquid Castile Soap (or bubble bath)1 Tbsp.1 Tbsp.
Epsom Salt1 cup1 cup


  1. In a small bowl, stir the rosalina, lavender, and Roman chamomile essential oils into the liquid castile soap.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the soap mixture into the Epsom salt.
  3. Pour the mixture under the running bath water as you fill the tub!

SAFETY TIP – The soap is extremely important to this recipe because it will help the essential oils to blend into the water, rather than float on top! When they float on top of the water, they can cause skin irritation. You can substitute a mild shampoo, bubble bath, or even a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil) in place of the liquid castile soap in this recipe.

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