Scientific Name:Blue Gum, Blue Mallee, Blue Mallee Oil, Eucalipto, Eucalypti Folium, Eucalyptol, Eucalyptol Oil, Eucalyptus blatter, Eucalyptus bicostata, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Eucalyptus fructicetorum, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus Leaf, Eucalyptus odorata
About this Herb:Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia. It is often used to reduce symptoms of coughs, colds, and congestion and is a key ingredient in treating asthma and breathing related problems. It also is a key ingredient in creams and ointments aimed at relieving muscle and joint pain. The oil that comes from the eucalyptus tree is antiseptic in nature.
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.
Uses:Eucalyptus features in a range of preparations to relieve symptoms of the common cold, for example, cough lozenges and inhalants.
Herbal remedies recommend using fresh leaves in a gargle to relieve a sore throat, sinusitis, and bronchitis. Also, eucalyptus oil vapor appears to act as a decongestant when inhaled. It is a popular home remedy for colds and bronchitis.
It may act as an expectorant for loosening phlegm and easing congestion. A number of cough medications include eucalyptus oil.
The vapors of essential oil can be inhaled to help open airways for chronic breathing conditions such as COPD.
Applications:Extracts: Leaves are steam distilled to extract the oil, which is a colorless liquid with a strong, sweet, scent. It contains 1,8-cineole, also known as eucalyptol.
These extracts can be taken directly. If purchased, follow the instructions for correct dosage.
Oil: The oil can be used as a rub to lessen chest congestion.
Inhalation: Add drops of eucalyptus oil into steaming water and inhale the vapors to ease labored breathing and loosen chest congestion.