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Overview

The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia and was first used by Aboriginal people to treat coughs and colds. “Lloyds History of Vegetable Drugs”, written in 1922, give us a window into its former uses.

Eucalyptus globulus and other species of eucalyptus, are indigenous to Australia, where the leaves are employed by the natives as a remedy for intermittent fever.

It was thus introduced to Europeans towards the middle of the 19th century. Possibly its employment by the crew of the ship La Favorita, who in the vicinity of Botany Bay were nearly decimated by fever, from which they recovered through the use of an infusion of the leaves of eucalyptus, first through the efforts of Dr. Eydoux and M. de Salvy, gave the drug conspicuity.

Dr. Ramel, of Valencia, however, has the credit of introducing the drug to the Academy of Medicine, 1866, thus brining it to the attention of the medical profession, by whom it is now used in extract form, in other directions than that for which it was originally commended.

The distilled oil of eucalyptus has now an extended reputation and use. The date of the first use of eucalyptus by the natives of Australia is unknown.

History

Eucalypts dominate Australia’s landscape like no other plant group in the world. These trees arenative to Australia, where they are used as firewood, timber, and medicine. In Hawaiʻi, eucalyptus were initially planted as a fuel source, wind break, and for erosion control. Varieties in Hosmer Grove include black peppermint, blue gum, and messmate eucalyptus.

Benefits
  • High in antioxidants
  • May relieve cold symptoms
  • May treat dry skin
  • May reduce pain
  • May promote relaxation
  • can help keep your teeth healthy
  • can act as a natural insect repellent

Nutritional Profile

Eucalyptus contains a cocktail of compounds that make it active in infections.

Perhaps the most famous are its oils. Eucalyptol, one of its oils, has been found to be expectorant, decongestant, pain relieving, anti-cough and bacteria killing.

The long held traditional uses in recurrent infections suggest Eucalyptus contains immune system stimulating constituents, though this has not been studied as of yet.

Disclaimer

Warnings:The information provided is for educational purposes only and must not be taken or interpreted as a suggestion or as medical advise.

If you have any medical conditions, you should consult your health care professional.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and must not be taken or interpreted as a suggestion or as medical advise.

If you have any medical conditions, you should consult your health care professional.

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