Eucalyptus Leaf

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Eucalyptus Leaf

BOTANICAL NAMES:

·      Family Myrtaceae

·      Eucalyptus globulus

·      Eucalyptus smithii

MEDICINAL PARTS: Leaves

Eucalyptus is a shrub to Australia and Tasmania but is now cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. In its native lands it grows as a short evergreen tree with fragrant oil-producing glands, but in areas where it has no natural predators (insects or birds), it can grow a whopping 4oo feet. We have a plethora of them here in northern California where their thick, heavy, dry branches and volatile oil content soak up scores of water and can add to the existing local fire hazards.

Discovered by the indigenous peoples of Australia, it is well known to be potent remedy for a myriad of infectious diseases to include malaria, typhoid, diphtheria, and influenza, upper respiratory infections, infected wounds, tenesmus, vaginal infections like Candida, gangrene, Staphylococcus, Shigella, Haemophilus influenza, Salmonella, and H-pylori.

COMMON USES:

  • antiseptic

  • antispasmodic

  • antibacterial

  • antimalarial

  • antifungal

  • antiparasitic

  • decongestant

  • diaphoretic

  • expectorant

  • febrifuge

  • hypoglycemic agent

  • heals wounds

  • stimulants local blood flow

  • stimulates mucous secretions

CAUTIONS:

·       Toxic in large doses. As little as 3.5 ml of oil can kill.

·       It should not be confused with camphor oil.

·       Avoid applying preparations of the oil around the faces of Infants and small children to

prevent bronchial spasms, asthma like attacks, or even death by asphyxiation.

·       Those with inflamed gastrointestinal tracts and bile ducts, or with liver disease should

avoid.

SUGGESTED REMEDIES

Herbal steam: Add few crushed leaves or several drops of the essential oil to hot water or a diffuser to clear upper respiratory congestion.

Herbal Compresses: Soak a hand towel or cloth in hot water mixed with the essential oil and apply it to inflammations, painful joints, and burns.

Gargle: Mix a few drops of the essential oil and water to improve throat infections.

Decongestant Rub: Mix several drops of the essential oil with a thick oil, like Un-petroleum Jelly, and apply the mixture to the chest and upper back for colds, bronchitis, asthma, and influenza.

Cold Sores: Mix a few drops in a carrier oil or ointment of choice and apply directly to cold sores.

Cuts and Wounds: Make a poultice (crush into a paste) or water decoction (tea) from the leaves for cuts and sores.

DISCLAIMER: Products and product information are not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any medical condition. If pregnant or nursing, please consult your physician before using products containing essential oils