Eucalyptus globulus; Eucalyptus comes from a Latin word “obliquus” meaning “oblique” referring to the base of the leaf where the two sides of the leaf blade are of unequal length.
It is said that the Eucalyptus tree is one of the most useful trees in the world, belonging to the Myrtaceae family (the same family as the Tea Tree). The name Eucalyptus means “well covered” which refers to the little cap that covers the flower before budding. It is a tall, water loving tree; eucalyptus is one of the fastest growing trees in the world and grows in damp marshy areas.
Eucalyptus oil is the generic name for distilled oil from the leaf of Eucalyptus, a genus of the plant family Myrtaceae native to Australia and cultivated worldwide. Eucalyptus oil has a history of wide application, As pharmaceutical, antiseptic, repellent, flavoring, fragrance and industrial uses. The leaves of selected Eucalyptus species are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil. (Wikipedia dictionary)
There are over 700 species of eucalyptus; however, there is only a handful used for medicinal purposes. Eucalyptus is one of the most universal and versatile of the essential oils; it is used for analgesic, antiseptic, deodorant, expectorant, and vermifuge (anti-parasitic). Eucalyptus has a pronominally stimulating effect on the nervous system and therefore should assist those suffering from depression and lethargy. It is known as a stimulating expectorant due to its invigorating action on the mucous membranes it is widely considered and effective remedy for respiratory ills, additions eucalyptus is used to relieve muscular aches and pain, in particular, those of cold nature such and rheumatic pains.
Eucalyptus benefit and is use for respiratory and sinus infections, viral infections (herpes), Candida, acne, bronchitis, rheumatism and arthritis, muscle aches and pains, diabetes, measles, migraines, ulcers, wounds, ear inflammation and iris inflammation.
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