Eucalyptus leaves and oil have been used for generations as a cure-all for respiratory issues, particularly in removing catarrh from the respiratory tracts. The active ingredients present in these leaves act as expectorants. This helps remove excess phlegm and mucus from the sinuses and respiratory tracts, eliminating the natural environment for bacteria and other pathogens to multiply and spread. Eucalyptus leaves and extracts are often recommended for people looking for herbal or natural remedies for bronchitis, coughs, sore throats, asthma, congestion, common cold, and flu.
The powerful effects of eucalyptus are widely studied, and aside from its direct impact on the respiratory system, it is recommended to protect the body from a wide variety of bacterial infections. Some of them include E. coli and Candida albicans, the latter of which can cause yeast infections. If your immune system is compromised by an illness or as the result of an injury or fatigue, this herb can act as a natural booster for your immunity.
The natural sedative and soothing effect of eucalyptus can be employed for many reasons, but its tincture is specifically recommended for those suffering from chronic stress. Stress hormones in the body can wreak havoc on your metabolism and general health. And a well-brewed cup of eucalyptus can help in reducing those potentially dangerous stress hormones and easing mental tension.
The natural antibacterial properties of eucalyptus make it ideal for protecting skin health as well. Rubbing its leaves on the skin can work as a quick fix, but drinking its tincture or utilizing its oil on infected skin works much faster and more effectively. Eucalyptus leaves have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of skin disorders such as dermatitis, acne, scabies, erysipelas and burns. Because of its antibacterial properties, the leaves are also used to treat and disinfect wounds
Although the exact chemical pathway is unknown, research has shown that brewing eucalyptus leaves into tea can be a preventative measure or an effective treatment for diabetes. Whether you have already developed the condition or are actively establishing a lifestyle to prevent the onset of diabetes, drinking 1-2 cups of eucalyptus tea each day can be a great strategy. It is recommended to speak with your doctor before utilizing it in this way, as the blood sugar-lowering ability of the tea can be dangerous, depending on what type of diabetes you have or are at risk for.
Eucalyptus is a natural anti-inflammatory substance, so consuming its tincture can do everything from easing aches and pains to protecting the heart. Eucalyptus is often recommended for people who suffer from asthma, as well as arthritis and chronic muscle strain.
It is an effective pain relief especially for sports or muscle injuries.
It reduces inflammation in the blood vessels and arteries. This prevents the onset of atherosclerosis, thereby protecting you from heart attacks and strokes.
Eucalyptus actually refers to a large genus of flowering trees that has over 700 different species, most of which are located in Australia and New Zealand. Some of the more widespread species can be found throughout Southeast Asia as well. Most of its species range from the size of a small shrub to a medium-sized flowering tree, but all species have leaves that are covered in oil glands, from which the majority of the health benefits are derived.
Due to the diverse uses of eucalyptus, it has been naturalized in various other tropical and temperate regions throughout the world but is also a major export of the Pacific region. Strangely enough, it appears that it used to be native to South America, although it is no longer endemic to that region. This beneficial plant has been used for thousands of years by indigenous populations.
Tea: Crush or chop 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus leaves. Bring water to a boil. Turn off heat and let it set for a minute to reduce the temperature slightly. Pour the water in the cup (with the leaves) and steep for 10 minutes. Strain the tea into a new teacup before drinking. Add a dash of raw honey if desired. Drink 1-3 cups a day.
Inhalation liquid for respiratory issues: Boil half a liter to a liter of water and add a tablespoon of eucalyptus leaves (or a mix with some other herbs, like peppermint, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage or yarrow), put the lid on and wait until it has cooled off. When the temperature is comfortable for the skin, but the tea is still evaporating, put your head above the evaporations and a towel over your head to keep all the moisture in. Breathe in deeply!
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