There are more than 500 species of eucalyptus, which make up more than three fourths of all the vegetation in Australia. The Aborigines and early settlers ground and ate the roots of the more diminutive species and later discovered that “lerp” or “manna,” a sugary secretion of parasites that infect some of the trees made an excellent base for foods and beverages. Eucalyptus may be used externally as a deodorant; in decaying, discharging wounds; in ulcers and in gangrenous or cancerous lesions. In respiratory infections such as bronchitis, eucalyptus is used as steam inhalation for its antiseptic and stimulatory effects. It is helpful in treating the flu, and pneumonia. As an oil, eucalyptus may be used for pyorrhea, burns and the prevention of infection. The most widely known medicinal use of eucalyptus oil is for respiratory ailments. CAUTION: Eucalyptus oil should NOT be used in large amounts over long periods of time since it is difficult to eliminate through the kidneys.
Eucalyptus Leaf (Eucalyptus globulus)
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Eucalyptus Leaf can provide relief for: • Lungs • Malarial Diseases • Neuralgia • Pyorrhea (use oil) • Sties • Wounds