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Energizing Eucalyptus

Author: Dr. Larita
October 3, 2012

Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.

One other fact you should know about eucalyptus is that the eucalyptus tree was called the”fever” tree in the 19th century because they were used to destroy the breeding grounds of the malaria mosquito. These trees grow very quickly and they use large amounts of water so they were planted in swamp areas. They grew quickly and as they did so, they used up the water and turned swamps into usable land while they also rid the area of mosquitos.


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