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Eucalyptus Leaves are used for what??


Eucalyptus is a tree native to Tasmania. Also known as blue gum or Australian fever tree. It can grow as high as 230 feet! The dried leaves and oil are used to make medicine.

People use eucalyptus for many conditions including asthma, bronchitis, plaque and gingivitis, head lice, toe nail fungus, and many others. Native to Australia, the quick-growing eucalyptus tree and the oil which derives from it has long been harvested for its potential to alleviate the symptoms of persistent coughs and lingering colds. Eucalyptus is also regularly found in topical treatments for joint and muscle pain, in the form of lotions and creams.


Traditional Aboriginal medications and treatments often incorporated eucalyptus, to address many conditions and complications. Some of the main things it was used to keep at bay were fungal infections, mild burns and skin wounds. And not only that, eucalyptus oil has actually been a registered insecticide in America since as far back as 1948.


Treatment of respiratory illnesses – Coughs, colds, sore throats, asthma, and congestion appear to respond to medicines containing eucalyptus. Relieve congestion and cough by rubbing eucalyptus oil or ointment into the chest. Another method for relieving congestion and other respiratory problems involves boiling eucalyptus leaves in a tightly covered pot filled with water then removing the pot from heat to inhale the vapors. The plant’s oil can be mixed with warm water to create a mouth rinse that helps alleviate sore throats.


Burns, cuts and insect bites – Topically, eucalyptus may be used as an antiseptic reducing the risk of infection and promoting healing.


Muscle and joint pains – Rubbing oil from the leaves into the muscles and joints has been known to temporarily relieve pain.

Reducing fevers – A small amount of the oil taken internally may temporarily reduce a fever.


Stimulant and stress reliever – Eucalyptus leaves and oil provide an aroma that can be useful in dealing with stress and fatigue.


Dental care – Eucalyptus oils may be found in mouthwashes and toothpastes because it’s a natural bacteria fighter.


Bug repellant – In both Honduras and Venezuela, the plant is used to keep bugs away.


Parasite deterrent – Guatemalans use eucalyptus to get rid of ringworm and topical parasites.


Household Uses

Soaps and cleansers – Commonly found in household cleaners, eucalyptus offers a healthy aroma and strong cleansing abilities.


Spot and stain remover – There are companies that sell the oil for such purposes, claiming that it doesn’t leave a stain and removes tough stains such as gum and ink.


Carpet cleaner – In a less concentrated form than the spot remover, eucalyptus spray can be used as a natural carpet cleaner without drenching the carpet.


Doing laundry – Adding a teaspoon of oil to heavily soiled loads may clean and refresh them.


Garden spray – You can use this spray directly on the base of plants to keep pets away.


It is not safe to take eucalyptus oil orally because it is poisonous.


In some individuals with asthma, eucalyptus can make their condition worse. Others find that it helps to relieve their asthma symptoms. Always talk to your medical provider before taking any supplements!


Here's a diffuser recipe for sinus relief you can try at home!!


  • 3 drops peppermint

  • 1 drop lavender

  • 1 drop eucalyptus

  • 1 drop wild orange

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