Eucalyptus is native Australian trees. Traditional Aboriginal society used a wide range of Australian native plants as bush foods and medicines. Aborigines used several species of Eucalyptus as tonics for gastro-intestinal symptoms, with the peppermint gum being well known. The gum when mixed with water was taken internally for diarrhoea, and in many reported instances as an infusion with tonic qualities. The properties of the locally available Eucalyptus species afforded antiseptic, or astringent qualities, which were effective in treating wounds such as cuts and sores. For this reason also, many Eucalyptus species were used in concocting mixtures for the relief of aches and pains in muscles, joints and even teeth.
An English legend narrates the first use of Eucalyptus tree leaves for medicinal purposes. When an early English settler’s thumb was accidentally cut by an axe, his father advised him to apply a bandage made of bound Eucalyptus leaves around the stitched cut. Something he had learned from studying Aboriginal folk medicine. A surgeon that later examined the wound was impressed by the speed of healing and the absence of infection in the finger. As stories like this spread throughout Australia, pharmacists began developing a plan to produce Eucalyptus Oil commercially. Shortly thereafter, leaves from the Eucalyptus radiata species began to be distilled.
2. Pain Relief
In a 2013 study, inhalation of eucalyptus oil for 30 minutes on three consecutive days following knee replacement surgery was effective in decreasing patients' pain and blood pressure.
A eucalyptus-based ointment was found to increase circulation when applied to the forearms of participants in a small double-blind study published in 1991, which suggests that eucalyptus may temporarily ease minor muscle soreness when applied topically. Like menthol and wintergreen, Eucalyptus is considered a counterirritant. It works by irritating the skin where it's applied, causing the skin to feel hot or cold.
3. Joint Paint
Research suggests that eucalyptus oil eases joint pain. In fact, many popular over-the- counter creams and ointments used to soothe pain from conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis contain this essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil helps to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions. It may also be helpful to people experiencing back pain or those recovering from a joint or muscle injury. Talk to your doctor about if it may be right for you.
4. Cold and Respiratory Relief
Eucalyptus oil is often used in the form of steam inhalation to help ease cold symptoms, though studies are needed to confirm the value of this use. When inhaled into the respiratory system, it's believed to reduce the muscle spasms that can narrow your airway and make it difficult to breathe. It's also said to be a gentle expectorant and to promote drainage from congested sinuses.
5. Cough Relief
For many years, eucalyptus oil has been used to relieve coughing. Today, some over-the-counter cough medications have eucalyptus oil as one of their active ingredients. Vicks VapoRub, for example, contains about 1.2 percent eucalyptus oil along with other cough suppressant ingredients.
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