Herbs

EUCALYPTUS, Eucalyptus globulus

Eucalyptus Plant

The eucalyptus tree is, by no means, an ordinary tree. Some herbalist says that it is one of the greatest medicinal herbs in all the herbal kingdom. It is also one of the tallest trees in all the world. Some of the trees of the island of Tasmania on the lower side of Austrlia have been measured at over 540 feet in height. There are more than 500 species of the three-fourths of all the vegetation on the Austrialian continent.


When I was a child, I seemed to have a lot of colds and sore throats. To help this situation, my mother would put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the middle of a handkerchief, roll it up diagonally, and tie it around my neck. This always seemed to make my breathing easier and clear the stuffiness out of my head. However, since studying herbs, I have found out that if you have a cold or sore throat you can chop an onion up very fine and put a little eucalyptus oil on the onions. Roll them in a handkerchief, diagonally and tie it around your neck. Put some plastic in front of it so odors must go into the body, or up to your face so you must inhale them. You can wear this during the day and night, or just at night. Make a new poultice every eight hours. The onion is effective because it has a lot of antihistamine and the eucalyptus has a lot of eucalyptol in it. Although this is a very effective remedy, it is possible that your wife will want to lock you out of the house because you smell—different.


There are many kinds of eucalyptus trees. Some have leaves that are round like a dollar. However, the one we are the most familiar with is Eucalyptus globules. It has long narrow blue-green leaves. These trees have become naturalized in many parts of the world especially along the tropical coasts and in swampy areas.


Early sailors thought the eucalyptus tree would make an excellent mast for a sailing ship. The trees were planted in many tropical ports around the world. The wood of the tree proved to be too brittle for masts. However, the medical and commercial values of the tree helped it to become the most populous tree in many countries.


Eucalyptus trees are planted in stagnant, swampy areas where diseases like malaria and other swamp fevers grow. The trees will drain the swamp water and give off a pleasant scent or odor which will inhibit the growth of disease and germs.
Most of us are familiar with the pungent, menthol-smell of eucalyptus oil that we use to clear our head and sinuses, but that’s about as far as it goes. Actually, eucalyptus is used for many more things. It is a tonic that tones the body; it is an antiseptic that destroys or inhibits bacteria; it is an expectorant that helps to discharge mucus from the respiratory passages; it is an astringent that tightens the organ tissue and other tissues of the body; it is antispasmodic helping to relieve spasms and cramps within the body; it is a stimulant that excites or quickens the physiological processes of the body; it is a deodorant that destroys or masks odors; it is a disinfectant that cleans infection by destroying or inhibiting the activities of disease-producing bacteria, and it is an anthelmintic that inhibits and destroys parasites and worms.
A lady once told me about a case of asthma that she had. She said that she never had a respiratory problem when she lived around a eucalyptus grove. When she moved away, she had difficult time breathing. However, when she would go back around the eucalyptus trees, her breathing got easier. That’s something to think about.


Most herbalists say that a weak tea made from the leaf can be drunk sparingly. To be safe, eucalyptus oil is best used externally, in rubs, liniments, poultices and inhalants. If you want to use this herb internally, check with an herbalist first.
 

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