Eucalyptus: Properties and Benefits

The plant eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus Labill scientific name, belongs to the Myrtaceae family and is a native of Australia, where, thanks to the favorable climate, can reach considerable heights approaching 100 feet.

Many species belong to the genus Eucalyptus (about 600), but only about 10 % of these, due to their properties, they are used by humans for therapeutic purposes; plants belonging to the genus Eucalyptus are mainly used to produce paper and firewood.

Eucalyptus tree grows very fast and it is for this reason that it is grown to produce firewood and pellets. The eucalyptus tree is able to absorb a lot of water out of the ground in which it grows, and thanks to this properties, it has been used in ancient times and is still used, for the drainage of wetlands.
Eucalyptus: Properties and benefits
The eucalyptus is used mainly for therapeutic purposes in the form of essential oil that is extracted from the leaves, partially dried, through the process of distillation in a current of steam.

The essential oil of eucalyptus contains tannins , flavonoids , polyphenols and terpenes ; in the essential oil of eucalyptus is also eucalyptol, a colorless liquid substance with a strong odor that has antiseptic and balsamic properties.

Benefits and Curative Properties of Eucalyptus

The essential oil of eucalyptus has many properties and is used for therapeutic purposes, especially in Australia and in the East.

Eucalyptus (essential oil) is then used to treat inflammation of the respiratory tract and it also has balsamic  and expectorant properties. Its use is beneficial also in the urogenital for the treatment of inflammation and cystitis.

The essential oil of Eucalyptus has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties, its action has been particularly aggressive against some fungi such as Candida albicans .

For outdoor use, the eucalyptus has healing properties and its use is beneficial in case of burns, cuts, skin infections and herpes . The essential oil of eucalyptus, due to its analgesic and antineuralgic properties, is also applicable in the treatment of insect bites .

Due to its refreshing properties, eucalyptus is also used to combat oily skin; adding a few drops to shampoo makes hair soft and shiny and especially regulates the amount of sebum in the scalp.

The essential oil of eucalyptus can also be used as a disinfectant for the environment by pouring a few drops in the humidifier.
Eucalyptus Curiosity
In the greek name Eucalyptus means "well hidden", which according to experts is to indicate the flower that is completely hidden from its petals.

Bees produce an especially Eucalyptus honey rich in enzymes with soothing cough, anti-asthmatic and anti-catarrhal properties.

In sports eucalyptus, with camphor and together with other substances, is used for the preparation of an oil which is used for massage muscle.

Although of Australian origin, eucalyptus is also cultivated in Italy where, however, the size that it reaches are much lower than those of the trees in the country of origin.

A few drops of eucalyptus essential oil used to massage the temples can relieve headaches.

The eucalyptus tree adapts to almost every soil and it it withstands both drought that too much water

Eucalyptus has no particular pests or diseases but can not stand the cold weather; dies at temperatures below -5 ░.

The essence of eucalyptus, thanks to its aromatic properties, is used for the preparation of balsamic candies.

The eucalyptus essential oil is also used to ward off insects and mosquitoes.
Cosmetic Use of Eucalyptus
Due to its many properties, eucalyptus is used for the preparation of many cosmetic products for health and beauty of our body. With eucalyptus not only prepare soaps and deodorants with refreshing properties on the skin but also face creams that prevent oily skin and pimples.

The eucalyptus essential oil is also used for foot baths and bathrooms with the purpose of relaxation.
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Each 100 grams of chopped leaves of eucalyptus has a calorific energy equal to 20 kilocalories.

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Eucalyptus and Contraindications
When taken in high doses the essential oil may cause nausea, vomiting, gastritis, and seizures; it may also interfere with certain medications so it is always a must to consult your doctor if in doubt.

The essential oil of eucalyptus is not recommended for pregnant women and children because of cineole present in good quantity.
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