Eucalyptus is a type of flowering tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Many species of the Eucalyptus plant is native to Australia, but a few are also native to New Guinea, the Philippines and Indonesia. Eucalyptus has gained some attention as being a good source of wood, cleaning oil, and insecticide due to its quick growth rate. The leaves and oil are often used to produce a variety of different natural medicines, homeopathic treatments, herbal dietary supplements, home remedies, and alternative medicines.
Eucalyptus was introduced from Australia to the rest of the globe in 1770. Other names for Eucalyptus include: Blue gum, Eucalipto, Blue Mallee Oil, Eucalyptol Oil Sugandhapatra, Tailapatra, Tasmanian Blue Gum, and Fever Tree.
For safety reasons it has been suggested that Eucalyptus not be used at its full strength. It must be diluted for it to be safely used.
Health Benefits of Eucalyptus
As a medical herb, holistic medicine, or home remedy, Eucalyptus leaf has been used for illnesses such as: fever, infection, stomach problems, coughing problems, and infections in the respiratory tract. In addition, some claim that Eucalyptus may be an effective naturopathic medicine to treat asthma, osteoarthritis, tuberculosis, rheumatism (pain of the joint), wounds, acne, burns, ulcers, bacterial dysentery, liver conditions, gallbladder disease, appetite loss, and maybe even some types of cancer.
Other ailments in which Eucalyptus maybe an effective alternative medicine for include: bronchitis, inflammation of the mucous membranes in the respiratory tract, sinus pain, asthma, respiratory infections, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Other herbal medicinal uses of Eucalyptus are as an antiseptic, expectorant, and vaporizer. It has also been said to be an effective natural treatment for burns, ulcers, and wounds when used topically. Some have even purported that it may have uses against certain forms of cancer.
It has also been noted to be used in culinary as flavoring. In addition, cosmetic products, and other commercial hygiene products like toothpaste and mouthwash have been produced with Eucalyptus.
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