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Health Benefits of Eucalyptus

The eucalyptus is a plant with Myrtaceae family flower, whose scientific name is Eucalyptus globulus labile. It is characterized by being a tree that, in some cases, can measure up to 15 meters in height or, in rarer cases, be a shrub. The plant has its origins in Australia, with a small number of species in the neighboring territories of Indonesia and New Guinea.

Adapted to virtually all climatic conditions, eucalyptus characterizes the landscape of Oceania in a way that cannot be compared to other species on other continents. It is present in mountainous regions and on the banks of rivers.

Eucalyptus was implemented in Brazil only in 1909, by agronomist Edmundo Navarro de Andrade – at the time, an employee of Cia. Paulista. Currently, the country has extensive areas of planted eucalyptus, especially in the state of Minas Gerais.

EUCALYPTUS CONSUMPTION

The trunk and branches of the eucalyptus are not used, only the leaves. The most common means of consumption of the plant are for inhalation, tea or massage. The first can be done either with eucalyptus leaves or with oil. To do this, just add a few drops of oil to a container of boiling water and cover your head with a cloth to inhale.

Eucalyptus teas are easier to prepare. They provide benefits to our respiratory system and help keep our breath fresh. Massage can be done with eucalyptus oil. It helps to keep the skin fresh and fragrant, as well as making it easier for the hands to move under the skin.

EUCALYPTUS TEA

To prepare eucalyptus tea, just mix a tablespoon of the chopped plant leaves in a cup of hot water. Then cover the container and let the drink sit until it’s warm. Then strain and consume afterwards. Anyone who wishes can add a few drops of honey or lemon to the tea to taste it.

EUCALYPTUS OIL

Eucalyptus oil has a minty aroma and is therefore widely used to treat sore throats and inflammation. However, the oil is also able to act to combat muscle pain and poor circulation, in addition to offering benefits of an emotional nature.

Recommended for those who are not focused or are aimless, eucalyptus oil works favoring the resumption of direction, direction and determination. It also helps in stimulating reasoning and concentration at work.

In aromatherapy, a therapeutic method that uses aromas of essential oils to bring physical and emotional well-being, it is steam distilled along with four other types of essential oils. When distilling it in an electric diffuser or rechaud, eucalyptus oil helps in the respiratory processes.

The fort filled with eucalyptus oil is also an excellent ally to ward off mosquitoes and mosquitoes. The liquid can be mixed with other body creams and applied to the skin. Another format is to use it in a vaporizer to keep small insects away.

MAIN BENEFITS OF EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus can be purchased at health food stores and, with it, it is possible to make excellent home remedies for the treatment of respiratory diseases, such as rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma and cough. Its essential oil can be used to treat sciatica, those that travel along the entire sciatic nerve.

In addition to its medicinal use, eucalyptus is also a raw material for the production of antiseptics and disinfectants, due to its properties. Check below all the benefits that are offered by eucalyptus.

  • Hair: shampoos, conditioners or moisturizing creams made with eucalyptus help reduce itchiness and dryness present in the scalp;
  • Emotional stimulant: due to the balsamic aroma present in eucalyptus leaves, the plant is considered a great relaxant. It helps to stimulate the senses and clear the mind and is considered to be one of the favorite essential oils in aromatherapy;
  • Fights cough: regular consumption of eucalyptus tea helps to reduce the formation of mucus in the bronchi and more fluid secretions. The drink also helps to combat fever and coughing, due to its relaxing and stimulating properties;
  • Healing power: the external use of eucalyptus leaves helps in the healing of wounds and skin diseases such as eczema;
  • Fights diabetes: the infusion of eucalyptus leaves helps to reduce the presence of sugar in the blood. However, its use cannot be excessive. A cup of eucalyptus tea per day is recommended;
  • Antiparasitic: the decoction of the leaves or the essential oil of eucalyptus helps to expel intestinal parasites from our body;
  • Urinary tract antiseptic: eucalyptus helps prevent or fight urinary tract infections, as it acts by inhibiting the reproduction and growth of viruses, fungi or bacteria that cause infections. The treatment consists of one to two drops of essential oil twice a day;
  • Muscle and skeletal pain: eucalyptus is considered an analgesic and tranquilizer. Therefore, to combat skeletal and muscle pain, it is recommended to mix four drops of eucalyptus essential oil with 100 ml of almond oil and rub the mixture twice during the day on the affected areas;
  • Treatment of wounds and abscesses: The strong germicidal effect of eucalyptus oil helps to heal insect bites, ulcers, burns and various skin wounds. For the treatment, it is recommended to drop a few drops of the oil in a small dressing and place it covering the affected region;
  • Provides well-being: adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to massage oil helps to increase the feeling of well-being, resting the body and mind. The indicated is to apply the mixture of the two oils in pulse points;
  • Reduces mental fatigue: eucalyptus oil works by accelerating the nervous system and favoring concentration, as it helps to treat apathy and mental exhaustion. To do this, in an automatic diffuser, mix four drops of oil and two drops of lemon oil.

TREAT SCIATICA AND CATARRH WITH EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus oil offers several benefits for our body, including the treatment of sciatica and the fight against catarrh. Sciatica is an intense, constant pain that starts in the lower back, travels through the buttocks, and ends in the lower part of one or both legs. It passes through the entire sciatic nerve, the longest nerve present in the human body. These terrible symptoms can be alleviated with eucalyptus oil, just massage the entire area with pain with its oil.

In the case of phlegm, which may have arisen in different cases, it is necessary to expel the secretion out of the body. Its remains in the body, and especially in the lungs, can lead to other more complicated conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to consume the tea made from eucalyptus leaves three to four times a day.

CLEAN YOUR SKIN WITH EUCALYPTUS LEAVES

In addition to all the benefits mentioned above, eucalyptus also has properties that help treat our skin. To make the recipe at home, boil 500 ml of water and add two eucalyptus leaves with lemon peel, orange and two lavender oils. After boiling, removes the tea from the heat and leave the face close to the steam – but from a distance, just as not to burn – for about 10 minutes.

In order not to burn with the heat of the steam, it is recommended to turn off the heat and let the liquid cool for about five minutes. Before approaching your face, check with your hand that the steam is still too hot.

TREAT SINUSITIS WITH EUCALYPTUS

Another benefit of eucalyptus is that it helps to treat sinusitis, as the inhalation of the plant’s steam is a simple and natural way to solve the problem. To make the inhalation of value, make a tea with the eucalyptus leaves and inhale its steam for about 20 minutes. The best way to carry out the inhalation is to place the tea in a basin or a container with a wide opening, place it on a table and sit on the chair so that you can feel the steam of the tea reaching the airways.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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