Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

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Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia. As an ingredient in many products, it is used to reduce symptoms of coughs, colds, and congestion. It also features in creams and ointments aimed at relieving muscle and joint pain.

Chinese, Indian Ayurvedic, Greek, and other European styles of medicine have incorporated it into the treatment of a range of conditions for thousands of years.

There are over 400 different species of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus globulus, also known as Blue Gum, is the main source of eucalyptus oil used globally.

Leaves are steam distilled to extract the oil, which is a colorless liquid with a strong, sweet, woody scent. It contains 1,8-cineole, also known as eucalyptol.

The leaves also contain flavonoids and tannins; flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants, and tannins may help to reduce inflammation.

Description

Treatment of respiratory illnesses – Coughs, colds, sore throats, asthma, and congestion appear to respond to medicines containing eucalyptus. Relieve congestion and cough by rubbing eucalyptus oil or ointment into the chest. Another method for relieving congestion and other respiratory problems involves boiling eucalyptus leaves in a tightly covered pot filled with water then removing the pot from heat to inhale the vapors. The plant’s oil can be mixed with warm water to create a mouth rinse that helps alleviate sore throats. As an antibacterial, natural decongestant, eucalyptus often reduces the intensity and the duration of respiratory illnesses.

Burns, cuts and insect bites – Topically, eucalyptus may be used as an antiseptic reducing the risk of infection and promoting healing.

Muscle and joint pains – Rubbing oil from the leaves into the muscles and joints has been known to temporarily relieve pain.

Reducing fevers – A small amount of the oil taken internally may temporarily reduce a fever.

Stimulant and stress reliever – Eucalyptus leaves and oil provide an aroma that can be useful in dealing with stress and fatigue.

Dental care – Eucalyptus oils may be found in mouthwashes and toothpastes because it’s a natural bacteria fighter.

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