Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia. It is the main food source of the adorable Koala bear. Eucalyptus is commonly grown for it’s timber, gums, and oils. There are many species of eucalyptus trees. The blue gum species is one of the most extensively planted eucalyptus due to it’s rapid growth and adaptability.
They can grow anywhere from 30 to 180 feet. The leaves of the tree have been widely used in history for a range of medical conditions in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.
It’s healing powers come from the eucalyptus oil. The benefits of eucalyptus oil are due to it’s ability to stimulate immunity, provide antioxidant protection, and improve respiratory circulation. The leaves are steam distilled to produce the essential oil that has amazing therapeutic properties.
Eucalyptus oil has the highest known CINEOLE levels than any other plant. Cineole is often called eucalyptol because it is a major component of eucalyptus oil. Cineole is a colorless and slightly water soluble liquid TERPENE that has a camphor like odor and cooling taste. This chemical component can have substantial healing potential! Using this oil during a cold or flu can help reduce pain, mucus, and headaches. It has been known to help kill bacteria and viruses, to reduce airway inflammation and lessen coughing episodes. Cineole is an expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. Vicks vapor rub also contains eucalyptus.
PINENE, another TERPENE found in eucalyptus oil, has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits. It can be helpful as a bronchodilator and assist in memory retention.
LIMONENE, one of the most common TERPENES in nature is also found in eucalyptus oil. Limonene has been shown to slow or potentially inhibit the growth of carcinogenic tumors. It is also known as an excellent non-toxic disinfectant and widely used as a cleaning aid in medical, industrial, and commercial applications.
Eucalyptus is generally safe, but with precaution. Do not take orally. It is generally safe for adult skin, but do not put the oil, salve, or chest rub on the face or nose of children under two years old. Also, do not use if you are pregnant or breast feeding. May be toxic to animals.
As we have discussed today, eucalyptus has tremendous healing power! It has been shown to help prevent drug resistant bacterial infections. Eucalyptus oil may also be effective in helping control COPD, (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The oil helps dilate blood vessels, and allows more oxygen into lungs. It’s really amazing when we take a look at nature, and begin to see all the extraordinary health benefits that plants and trees provide for us! They have been put here for a reason with a grand design in mind!
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NEROLIDOL, also known as peruviol, is found in many plants and flowers.
It is a sesquiterpene meaning it is more stable than other terpenes.