Herbal Focus–Eucalyptus

Koala eucalyptusAs I write this, I am sitting in Sydney, Australia looking out on a refreshing day after a little rainfall last evening. Last evening I went to the harbor and wandered through some botanical gardens where I saw a few different indigenous herbs growing, including some eucalyptus trees. I also saw a cute little kookabura perched in one of the trees. The end result is that I’m writing a little focus article on eucalyptus, and will likely post additional focus articles on other herbs in the future. I am borrowing from the medicalnewstoday.com website, which offers valuable information on a variety of herbal products, and where you can read summaries on some of that research.

Medicinal uses and health benefits of eucalyptus:

Antibacterial properties -One study, published in Clinical Microbiology & Infection found that eucalyptus oil may have antibacterial effects on pathogenic bacteria in the upper respiratory tract.

However, results of the research “suggest that further studies to clarify the possible therapeutic role of E. globulus leaf extract in the treatment of respiratory tract infection are warranted.”

Relieving pain – there is research to indicate that eucalyptus oil has analgesic properties. A study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation involved applying Eucalyptamint on the anterior forearm skin of 10 different subjects.

The authors of the study concluded that “Eucalyptamint, produced significant physiologic responses that may be beneficial for pain relief and/or useful to athletes as a passive form of warm-up.”

Promoting good dental health -eucalyptus has antibacterial activity against cariogenic (causing tooth decay) and periodontopathic bacteria. The use of eucalyptus extract chewing gum may promote periodontal health, according to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology which examined the effect of chewing-gum containing eucalyptus extract on periodontal health.

Stimulating immune system response – eucalyptus oil extract is able to implement the innate cell-mediated immune response, according to a study titled “Stimulatory effect of Eucalyptus essential oil on innate cell-mediated immune response” which was published in BMC Immunology.

Other possible conditions that eucalyptus can treat include:

Arthritis
A stuffed nose
Wounds and burns
Acne
Ulcers
Bladder diseases
Diabetes
Fever
Flu

Eucalyptus is typically used externally/topically, or as an aromatic vapor as the strength of the oil is generally too strong for internal consumption without significant dilution. If you have somehow missed using oil of eucalyptus therapeutically with respiratory or other ailments, or skin conditions, you may want to obtain a bottle of eucalyptus oil to have on hand. Its effects are quick and effective–you can literally experience benefits in hours or minutes.
And as a last point, it is often added to vaporizers to assist adults, children, and babies experiencing respiratory distress.
May your health always be your greatest wealth.

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