Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia, but nowadays it is very common in the whole world because of its rapid growth and adaptability to different conditions. There are a lot of species of eucalyptus, but the most common are Eucalyptus Globulus. This tree is also known as Tasmanian Blue Gum, Southern Blue Gum or simply Blue Gum.
The leaves of eucalyptus (the part that we use for medicinal purposes) are steam distilled to extract its oil. This species is the primary source of eucalyptus oil production in the whole world. One of its main constituents of eucalyptus is eucalyptol (or cineole), which can be found in many cough drops, for example.
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Eucalyptus leaves can be used in several ways: you can take them in tea (as a beverage or for gargle), or use them in steam inhalations, for example. This tree has many medicinal properties, as it is analgesic, antibacterial, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiviral, cicatrizant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, stimulant and refrigerant.
- Due to all these medicinal properties, this natural ingredient can be used to treat many conditions, such as acne, allergies, arthritis, boils, bronchitis, burns, chest congestion, chicken pox, cuts and wounds, fever, flu, herpes and cold sores, lice, lupus, nerve and back pain, pneumonia, respiratory infections, rheumatoid arthritis, scrapes, sinus, skin eruptions, sore throat, and ulcers among other.
However, the most common use of this medicinal herb is a remedy for colds and coughs, as it opens your lungs, encourages breathing, and clears nasal passages. If you rub it into your chest, it will relieve congestion.
- Besides, you can use eucalyptus as an air freshener, an insect repellent (rubbed into the skin), in colognes, mouthwashes, and household cleansers, for aromatherapy (in which case E. Citriodorais commonly used) and for facial care.
- Also, eucalyptus essential oil is invigorating when used in massage oils and in herbal baths. The scent of this plant increases brain wave activity and energy, so it counters fatigue and helps you to study, for example.
- Eucalyptus is generally safe. However, it appears to be difficult to eliminate from the kidneys, so if you have kidney or liver problems, or even if you are, you’d be better to avoid its use.
- The same if you are taking medication for diabetes, as it might lower blood sugar too much. And remember: do not take it for more than a couple of consecutive days at a time and do not use it during an asthma attack.
- It is also unsafe to take eucalyptus oil orally, as well as to apply it to the skin without being diluted. Side effects may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach upset.
Eucalyptus for respiratory problems
- Eucalyptus leaves.
- Boil some eucalyptus leaves in water in a covered pot for a few minutes.
- Remove from heat and inhale the vapors.
- Eucalyptus leaves.
- 1 mesh bag.
- Place eucalyptus leaves in a mesh bag (or similar).
- Hang under the bath faucet.
- Fill the tub (with hot water) and have your bath.
Eucalyptus and apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil.
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.
- Mix the eucalyptus essential oil with the apple cider vinegar (you can vary a number of liquids but keep the same proportion of the two ingredients).
- Dab it on the affected area.
- This mixture can also be used as an antiseptic on wounds, boils, and insect bites.