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Eucalyptus Leaf - Eucalyptus globulusEucalyptus oil acts on nerve receptors in the mucosa of the nose and sinuses in a way that causes release of mucus. In laboratory studies, eucalyptol (the main essential oil in the herb) is antibacterial against several strains of Streptococcus, the organism that causes strep throat.
Eucalyptus plays an important role in the indigenous medicine of the Aborigines. Western herbalism has adopted the traditional uses of the aromatic leaves: to promote healthy breathing, and to support the throat, bronchial & respiratory system. Eucalyptus is native to Australia and Tasmania, and is a traditional household remedy in that region. While the essential oil is a common ingredient in many commercial & aromatherapy preparations, many still rely on the stimulating leaves for powerful respiratory support. Try a comforting Eucalyptus tea with lemon and honey to soothe the throat.
Eucalyptus Oil. This sharp camphor smelling oil has a fresh and purifying action, making it good to use as a room spray. Its invigorating, penetrating and cleansing qualities make this one of the more popular oils. It helps support healthy respiratory and immune systems.
Eucalyptus species leaves have been traditionally used to heal wounds and fungal infections. Essential oils and extracts of some Eucalyptus species possess antimicrobial and antitumor properties.
The leaves are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil. E.globulus is the primary source of global eucalyptus oil production, with China being the largest commercial producer. The oil has therapeutic, perfumery, flavoring, antimicrobial and biopesticide properties.
The Tasmanian Blue Gum, Southern Blue Gum or Blue Gum, (Eucalyptus globulus) is an evergreen tree, one of the most widely cultivated trees native to Australia. They typically grow from 30 to 55 m (98 to 180 ft) tall. The tallest currently known specimen in Tasmania is 90.7 m tall. There are historical claims of even taller trees, the tallest being 101 m (330 ft). The natural distribution of the species includes Tasmania and southern Victoria (particularly the Otway Ranges and southern Gippsland). There are also isolated occurrences on King Island and Flinders Island in Bass Strait and on the summit of the You Yangs near Geelong.
Cautions for Eucalyptus LeafNever take eucalyptus oil internally. For safety, use eucalyptus leaf teas and steams rather than the oil. Excessive use may cause gastro-intestinal upset.