Eucalyptus Leaf is legendary for its ability to clear respiratory and nasal passages of congestion and mucus, thus helping to relieve the symptoms of colds, flu, sinusitis, influenza, croup, emphysema, pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic and acute bronchitis, diphtheria, sore throats, asthma and dry coughs. It is still used today around the world for the same reasons. It is also has superior antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties that improves skin problems, staph and strep infection, as well as an anti-inflammatory that relieves muscular pain and soothes painful arthritic joints.
Eucalyptus Leaf extracts substances have expectorant, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties and in one study it was found that the alcohol extract helps relieve chronic ear infections. When inhaled, Eucalyptus prompts the Eustachian tubes connecting the middle ear and the throat to open, and when fluids drain from the ear as a result, earache pain and pressure is often relieved. As an astringent it can tighten and thus soothe mucous membrane inflammation in the mouth, nose and throat. When used topically in vapor rubs, the oil (diluted in a carrier oil, since it is very strong) may be rubbed directly on the chest, back or throat to relieve congestion or pain. Another study published in 2004 shows its usefulness in treating non-bacterial sinusitis. Patients suffering from sinusitis showed faster improvement when using eucalyptus leaf extract. Eucalyptus has also been effective against bacterial organisms, especially Staphyloccus, as well as malaria, Bacillus subtilis and several strains of Streptococcus.
With its anti-inflammatory properties it soothes painful joints and when rubbed into the skin, it stimulates blood flow and generates a feeling of warmth that reduces pain and eases muscular pains. It is especially recommended for rheumatism, injury rehabilitation and nerve pain.
Internally, Eucalyptus appears to help relieve symptoms of colds, flu, chest congestion, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, and respiratory infections.
For internal use, Eucalyptus can be made into a tea or tincture. See How to Make Herbal Teas for complete instructions on teas. Teas can also be used as a gargle for relief of sore throat. To use the tincture store in a dark place and take 1 teaspoon mixed with juice or water 2-3 times per day.
Externally, the antiseptic, slightly anesthetic, anti-bacterial, and warming properties of Eucalyptus make it a valuable resource treatment of burns, sores, ulcers, scrapes, boils, and wounds. Applied topically as an oil or ointment, (you can add the tincture to vicks and make your own topical) it also helps relieve the pain of rheumatism, aching, pains, stiffness, and neuralgia. For outdoor enthusiasts, Eucalyptus rubbed into the skin seems to work well as an insect repellant, especially for mosquitoes and fleas. Rubbed into the chest, it relieves congestion and cough. Indeed, the Vick’s VapoRub smell is a familiar one to most of us, and with good reason – it works!
For relief of congestion, asthma, and respiratory problems, boil Eucalyptus leaves in water in a tightly covered pot, and then remove from heat and inhale the vapors. For an antiseptic bath, place Eucalyptus leaves in a mesh bag and hang under the bath faucet as you run a hot bath. Or use some of the tincture directly into the tub.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: When not taken in excess, Eucalyptus is reasonably safe, but it does appear to be somewhat difficult to eliminate from the kidneys, so if you have kidney or liver problems, or if you are pregnant, it would be best to avoid it or use in extreme moderation. Never take continuously for more than a few days at a time.
Ingredients: Eucalyptus Leaf, 40% Alcohol.
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