Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree, native to Australia.
The essential oil of eucalyptus can be used as an antiseptic, a perfume, as an ingredient in cosmetics, as a flavouring, in dental preparations, and in industrial solvents.
Eucalyptus oil has been used for thousands of years to treat several medical conditions in Chinese, Indian Ayurvedic, Greek, and other European schools of medicine.
There are over 400 different species of eucalyptus but it is the Eucalyptus globulus, also known as Blue Gum, which is the main source of eucalyptus oil used globally.
The essential oil of eucalyptus is a colourless liquid with a strong, sweet, woody scent and it is extracted from the eucalyptus leaves that are steam distilled.
Eucalyptus leaves also contain flavonoids, which are plant-based antioxidants and tannins that may help to reduce inflammation.
Some of eucalyptus potential health benefits include:
- Antimicrobial properties
- Supports our body to get through a cold or any respiratory problems as it relieves a sore throat, sinusitis, and bronchitis, and acts as a decongestant when inhaled
- Analgesic properties, helping to address pain
- Stimulates the immune system
- Promotes dental care by fighting bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontitis
- Treats fungal infections and skin wounds
- Repels insects
Eucalyptus essential oils contained in nasal sprays complements the recovery process with the fresh effect of the eucalyptus natural aroma.