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Eucalyptus as an Herb

Eucalyptus as an herb

Eucalyptus globulus; E. globulus

Other names: Blue Gum, Fever Tree, Gum Tree, Red Gum, Stringy Bark Tree

There are a great number of species of Eucalyptus trees yielding eucalyptus essential oil. The foliage of some is more strong-smelling than that of others. As such, the oils from the various species differ widely. About twenty-five species are at the present time being utilized for their oil.

Baron Ferdinand von Muller, a German botanist and explorer (from 1857 to 1873 Director of the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne), who made the qualities of Eucalyptus known all over the world, also led it to its introduction into Europe, North and South Africa, California and the non-tropical districts of South America. He was the first to suggest that the perfume of the leaves resembling that of Cajaput oil might be of use as a disinfectant in fever districts.

Not To Be Confused With: Camphor oil and by-products of turpentine manufacture: the oil is also blended with other expensive oils, such as rosemary and thyme. The properties of eucalyptus leaves vary from species to species.

Eucalyptus as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

The medicinal parts of the eucalyptus plant are the oil extracted from the fresh leaves and branch tips as well as the dried leaves.

The essential Oil of Eucalyptus used in medicine is obtained by aqueous distillation of the fresh leaves. It is a colorless or straw-colored fluid when properly prepared, with a characteristic odor and taste, soluble in its own weight of alcohol. The most important constituent is Eucalyptol.

Eucalyptus Oil is used as a stimulant and antiseptic gargle. Locally applied, it impairs sensibility. It increases cardiac action.

Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antiseptic. It is used to treat pyorrhea (gum disease), and is used on burns to prevent infections. The essential oil, breathed in a steam, will help clear the sinuses, as will the steam from boiling the leaves.

In croup and spasmodic throat troubles, the oil may be freely applied externally. A small drop on the tongue eases nausea.

An emulsion made by shaking up equal parts of the oil and powdered gum-arabic with water has been used as a urethral injection, and has also been given internally in drachm doses in pulmonary tuberculosis and other microbic diseases of the lungs and bronchitis.

As a local application for ulcers and sores, 1 ounce of the oil is added to 1 pint of lukewarm water. For local injections, 1/2 ounce to the pint is taken.

Six to eight drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects in winter.

For colds: Add 2 to 4 drops each of Lavender, Rosemary and Eucalyptus to 1 cup milk or cream. Pour into warm bath and soak.

Cold Aid

In folk medicine: The oil is used for asthma, coughs, diseases of the frontal sinuses, fever, flu, gastric complaints, hoarseness, incipient scarlet fever and measles, worm infestation and as an intestinal antiseptic.

In folk medicine, it is also used internally for the treatment of bladder diseases, asthma, fever, flu, whooping cough, liver and gallbladder complaints, loss of appetite and diabetes. It is used externally for wounds, acne, poorly healing ulcers, stomatitis, bleeding gums, pain and rheumatism neuralgia, gonorrhea and as a gastrointestinal remedy.

Eucalyptus syrup: Pour 1500 ml on 100 gm cut herb and leave to draw for 6 hours and strain. 180 gm sugar is added to 100 ml infusion, brought to a simmer and filtered. 2 to 5 teaspoons daily.

Eucalyptus tea. Pour boiling water over 1.5 to 2 gm of the finely cut herb, cover and leave to draw for 5 to 10 minutes, strain. 1 cup up to 3 times a day.

Aromatherapy: Considered revigorating and balancing. Consider Aromatherapy Fizzing Shower Bombs# - Made in USA, Organic Menthol, 100 percent Natural Essential Oils. Drop one in the bottom of your shower near your feet under direct water away from the drain. Let the stress go while the organic menthol and eucalyptus catch a ride with the steam. Creates a unique at home spa experience.

Inhalation: 2 to 3 drops in boiling water, inhale the steam (single dose: 0.2 gm corresponding to 10 drops). Oil: 3 to 6 drops added in 150 ml water, to be taken several times a day.

Eucalyptus oil in a diffuser or vaporizer at home during winter months helps keeps colds and sinus infections to a minimum.

Other Uses

When mixed with water or vegetable oils, eucalyptus oil makes a good insect repellant.

Soak small cloths in eucalyptus oil and place the cloths in your pantries, cabinets, and closets to drive away roaches and other insect pests.

Eucalyptus oil can be used for Lavendar oil in any magical recipe.

Culinary Uses of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Tea. Eucalyptus tea can be prepared by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons dried eucalyptus leaf in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Cautions

Eucalyptus should not be used on children under 2 years of age and should not be ingested by children younger than 6 years of age.

The over use of Eucalyptus internally can be difficult to eliminate from the kidneys and caution must be made if you have kidney function problems.

In rare cases, the administration of the herb leads to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It should not be taken internally with inflammation of the gastrointestinal area and the biliary ducts or with severe illnesses of the liver.

Over doses of eucalyptus oil can be life threatening. Poisonings have been known in adults with 4 to 5 ml.

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