Eucalyptus is a tree native to Australia. Its leaves contain flavonoids and tannins; flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants, and tannins may help reduce inflammation. The oil derived from its dried, crushed and distilled leaves contain cineole, which is a natural antiseptic. Both the leaves and the oil of the eucalyptus tree are typically utilized for medicinal purposes.
Helps Ease Joint Pain
According to research, eucalyptus oil can help ease joint pain. It helps reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as back pain or those recovering from a joint or muscle injury.
Helps Soothe Cold Sores
Eucalyptus possesses anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for the symptoms of herpes. The topical application of eucalyptus oil can help reduce pain associated with cold sores and also speed up the healing process.
Helps With Cough And Other Respiratory Problems
Eucalyptus plant has antiseptic, antibacterial, and expectorant properties. Cineole, one of its active components, helps loosens phlegm, eases coughs, and aids other common respiratory issues. Consuming eucalyptus tea and using its fresh leaves in a gargle is some way of obtaining its benefits.
Also, another method for relieving congestion and other respiratory problems involves boiling eucalyptus leaves in a tightly covered pot filled with water then remove the pot from heat to inhale the vapors.
A Stimulant And Stress Reliever
Eucalyptus leaves and oil provide an aroma that can be useful in dealing with stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
In one study, 62 healthy people experienced significant reductions in pre-surgery anxiety after inhaling eucalyptus oil. The oil contains eucalyptol, which has been found to possess anti-anxiety properties.
Burns, Cuts And Insect Bites
When topically applied, eucalyptus may be used as an antiseptic reducing the risk of infection and promoting healing.
How To Use Eucalyptus
As A Tea
Steps in making this refreshing tea are so simple. Steep half a teaspoon of crushed eucalyptus leaves in boiling water for ten minutes. Strain the leaves from the tea prior to drinking. Drink the tea three times per day. The tea will ease congestion and sore throats.
As A Massage Oil
Fill a jar with the eucalyptus leaves and add oil such as olive, jojoba, or sweet almond. Place the oil in direct sun for two weeks and then strain the leaves out. Use the oil liberally as required.
As A Tincture
Put a half-pound or so (227 g.) of fresh leaves into a large jar and cover it with vodka. Seal the jar and leave it for a couple of weeks. Shake it every so often. Strain the contents through muslin after two weeks. Store it in a sealed jar in a cool, dry area.