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Eucalyptus has the power of omnipotence, from fevers and head colds, to viral lesions, cancer and COPD and even diabetes, eucalyptus has a vast healing powers combined with an invigorating fragrance. Eucalyptus is relied upon throughout the world for cold and flu care as well as dental care. Learn more about how you can use eucalyptus to improve your everyday health and comfort, naturally!
Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs (including a distinct group with a multiple-stem mallee growth habit) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, and a very small number are found in adjacent areas of New Guinea and Indonesia. In fact, it is so good at growing, it has been labeled an invasive species in many parts of the world. Species of eucalyptus are cultivated widely in the tropical and temperate world, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, China and the Indian Subcontinent, though most species do not tolerate frost. (Wiki)
Useful parts: Eucalyptus grows as a tree and its dried leaves and oil are used to make medicine.
Ethnobotany: Eucalyptus oil was used in traditional Aboriginal medicines to heal wounds and fungal infections. Teas made of eucalyptus leaves were also used to reduce fevers. Eucalyptus soon spread to other traditional medicine systems, including Chinese, Indian (Ayurvedic), Greek and European.
Popularity: In 19th-century England, eucalyptus oil was used in hospitals to clean urinary catheters. Modern laboratory studies now show that eucalyptus oil contains substances that kill bacteria. It may also kill some viruses and fungi. Eucalyptus is still used medicinally as it is a key ingredient in certain medicines.
Nutritional:Eucalyptus leaves contain tannins, which researchers think may help reduce inflammation, along with flavonoids or plant-based antioxidants, and volatile oils.
Disclaimer: Eucalyptus oil should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin full-strength. Our ready-to-use dilutions can be found here for those wishing to use the oil orally or internally.
- The diluted oil is taken by mouth for pain and swelling (inflammation) of respiratory tract mucous membranes, coughs, bronchitis, sinus pain and inflammation, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory infection, fever, upset stomach, to help loosen coughs, whooping cough, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, osteoarthritis, joint pain (rheumatism), bacterial dysentery, ringworms, liver and gallbladder problems, loss of appetite, and cancer.
- In dentistry, eucalyptus oil is used in anti-plaque mouthwash and toothpastes and is included in products used as sealers and solvents for root canal fillings.
Skin and Topical Use
- Eucalyptus oil is used topically as an expectorant to loosen coughs, antiseptic, fever reducer, and in vaporizer fluids. Eucalyptus leaf is also acne, wounds, poorly healing ulcers, burns.
- Other uses include treatment of wounds, burns, ulcers, and skin cancer.
- Diluted eucalyptus oil is applied directly to the skin for pain and swelling of respiratory tract mucous membranes, joint pain, genital herpes, and nasal stuffiness.
- Eucalyptus oil is used as a potent insect repellent.
- Eucalyptus leaf contains chemicals that might help control blood sugar.
- Eucalyptus leaf chemicals that might have activity against bacteria and fungi.
- Eucalyptus oil contains chemicals that might help pain and inflammation.
- Eucalyptus oil may also block chemicals that cause asthma.