Eucalyptus leaves or essential oil can be used to help support the common cold, nasal congestion, bronchial difficulties and other respiratory problems. The oil is applied externally as a counter-irritant for the support for joint pain and minor skin ailments.
Description: The bluegum is a very large tree (up to 60 m) with a characteristic shedding bark, greyish foliage and arid large white flowers. The leaves are dimorphic - broad, rounded and opposite in the basal or juvenile leaves; narrow, falcate or scythe-shaped, alternate and pendulous in upper, mature leaves. Also distinctive are the large, solitary flowers and the large woody capsules.
Origin: Australia. Several of the more than 600 species of Eucalyptus have become important commercial timber trees and ornamentals in other parts of the world. Bluegum is grown in many countries, but Spain and Morocco have traditionally been important suppliers of the health product. Oil from E. fruticetorem (= E. polybractea) and E. smithii is also acceptable.
Active Ingredients: Essential oil is present in the leaves (1.5-3.5%), with 1,8-cineole (= cineole or eucalyptol) as the main ingredient (70-90%), together with alpha-pinene, p-cymene, limonene and several other minor monoterpenoids. Leaves also contain sesquiterpenes (aromadendren, globulol), euglobals (acylphloroglucin derivatives) and flavonoids.
Health Effects: The monoterpenes show antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, secretomotoric and surfactant properties. The "decongestant" sensation in case of a blocked nose is thought to result from the stimulation of cold receptors. The oil is readily absorbed when taken orally and is partially excreted through the lungs. Leaf extracts show diuretic, healthy blood sugar level supportive and immunity-supporting activities.
Status: Traditional health; Pharm.; Comm. E+; ESCOP 6; WHO 2.
Preparation and Dosage: The leaves can be used to prepare a tea (1.5 - 2 g of cut leaves in 150 mL water) taken three times a day. The essential oil is used orally but at a low dose (0.3 - 0.6 mL per day). Cream and ointments should contain 5 - 20%, or a few drops of the oil itself can be rubbed into the skin.
Spicy Eucalyptus leaves contain essential oil with cineole, ellagic and gallic acid, bitter principle, resin, antibiotic properties, and tannin. These compounds give the leaf its confirmed expectorant, stimulant, antibiotic, antiseptic, and rubefacient properties. Eucalyptus, or blue gum tree, as it is also known, affects the lungs and kidneys and can be used to help support respiratory complaints, coughs, arthritic aches and pains, and as an antiseptic.
Native to Australia, there are a great number of species of eucalyptus trees. The foliage of some contains many essential oils useful in herbal health. Their special value is their ability to control and regulate areas with a high water table, such as bogs and swamps.
The eucalyptus tree was introduced worldwide by a German botanist and explorer, Baron Ferdinand von Muller, director of the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne from 1857 to 1873. These fast growers have been naturalized throughout many areas of the world, including California, Southern Europe, non-tropical areas of South America, South Africa and India. One negative consequence, however, is that in many areas they threaten to replace indigenous trees.
It was von Muller who first suggested that the oil of the leaves resembled that of cajuput (tea tree oil) and suggested its use as a disinfectant in connection with infectious health issue.
Eucalyptus is one of the most powerful natural antiseptics. The aged oil forms ozone, which specifically destroys bacteria, fungi and viruses. An emulsion can be made by mixing equal parts gum Arabic and eucalyptus oil and taking three to five drops every two hours during the acute stages of colds, coughs and flus. An infusion can be made of leaves and taken internally for the same purpose, and most especially for chronic coughs and TB.
Most commonly, the oil is rubbed directly on the chest or back for all respiratory problems. Similarly, it is rubbed as a liniment for the support for arthritic and rheumatic pains.
Dosage: Of the leaves in infusion, one-half ounce to a pint; of the oil, 1-5 drops.
Native to Australia and now grown in many parts of the world, the eucalyptus tree is abundant in California and around the Mediterranean. The essential oil - strong, but pleasant-smelling - is drawn from the leaves and is a prime ingredient in products such as Vicks VapoRub, Mentholatum Cherry Chest Rub, and Listerine mouthwash.
Potential Health Benefits
When it's inhaled, eucalyptus clears the lungs of mucous. It's used externally in ointments to ease rheumatic complaints by improving local circulation.
The dried mature leaf from older trees contains essential oil, "which consists mainly of 1.8-cineol and tannins," according to Commission E. Oil is obtained by steam distillation of fresh leaves and branch tips and contains at least 70 percent of 1.8-cineol. In its various forms, eucalyptus is an exceptionally good decongestant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves eucalyptus to help support flu and colds. In his book Plants That Heal, Joel L. Swerdlow, Ph.D., refers to studies, which he doesn't name, that conclude that eucalyptus has the power to kill "some viruses and some kinds of bacteria, making it a support for bronchitis."
How to Use the Herb
For internal use, the daily average dose from the leaf is 4-6 grams. For liquid extract, 3-9 grams. For external use, daily dose is 5-20 percent oil in semisolid preparations, 5-10 percent oil in aqueous liquid preparations, and several drops of the essential oil rubbed into the skin.
I was informed of the Eucalyptus tea by my daughter in New
Hampshire who got it from her dad who has passed away. She really liked it and told me about it but didn't know where to buy it. I found ZooScape and decided to try it.
Wasn't really sure if I liked it but after trying it a few times found it to be good and an interesting change from regular tea. The only thing I would change
would be a string to pull it out of the cup, but can really live without it.
I don't drink a lot of tea except in the winter but will order more when this is gone. Your price is quite reasonable and being able to get it in the mail is a plus.
Please keep making it.
[Editor: Thank you for your kind words! Eucalyptus tea is one of my favorites also - I can assure you, we will always make this tea! ; ) ]
I bought a while back Eucalyptus tea and now I am about to buy more... I really like it! It is just right not too strong like others. I usually drink it hot with honey and I give to my 7 year old son when he starts coughing and he really like it, and makes him feel much better.
on January 12, 2014
Eucalyptus Oil is one of the best oils that can be used if you have any muscle pull or another problem relating with muscle pain or back ache. just rub it hard for over 10 min over the area and sleep on a flat surface.
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on July 8, 2011
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