Eucalyptus Plant Uses

Eucalyptus globules is an evergreen tree that originated in Australia. There are many varieties of eucalyptus, including some that are the size of an ornamental shrub to some that are 230-foot-tall trees. The leaves are the part of the plant used for medicinal purposes. The Aborigines are believed to have been the first to discover its medicinal use. The main ingredient is eucalyptol, which has strong disinfectant, germicidal, and psychological properties.

Fight Colds

Eucalyptus is commonly used to fight colds and can be found in cough suppressants, vapor rubs, and in tea for gargling to help soothe sore throats. It is also found in a solid form such as ointments that can be rubbed on the nose and chest to help relieve congestion. Inhaling the vapors can help with bronchitis, sinus infections or the flu.

Fight Infections

The eucalyptus leaf produces the antiseptic cineole, which has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. This ingredient is found in soaps, ointments, and deodorants. The anti-microbial properties are used for treating infections from cuts or wounds to the skin. The anti-bacterial properties can also disinfect a room. The oil can be diffused into the air and kill the germs.

Control Dandruff

Eucalyptus oil can also be mixed with a natural shampoo to help control dandruff. Most shampoos contain naturally drying agents and the eucalyptus provides a moisturizing element to prevent drying of the scalp.

Relieve Aches and Pains

Eucalyptus oils produce a strong order along with its therapeutic properties and has developed an important role in aromatherapy. The oil is also used for relieving muscle aches and pains. The oil can be massaged into the afflicted area or applied as part of a heat pack.

Repel Mosquitoes

The strong odor of the oil repels mosquitoes. It should be applied similar to other insect repellents on wrists and legs to ward off biting mosquitoes.

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Sheri Engstrom has been writing for 15 years. She is currently a gardening writer for Demand Studios. Engstrom completed the master gardener program at the University of Minnesota Extension service. She is published in their book "The Best Plants for 30 Tough Sites." She is also the online education examiner Minneapolis for Examiner.com.