Eucalyptus trees and Koala bears, both are unique and a great symbol of Australia. While they were present centuries before European explorers arrived, the first noted explorer to describe the Eucalyptus tree was John Cook in 1770. Twenty eight years later John Price described the Koala’s in his journals. While these were the first Europeans to write about them, the Aboriginals were using the oils from the trees as a form of medicine for treating fever, colds, congestion, body aches and pains for centuries.

In the late 1800’s doctors in England were using it for an antiseptic during operations and to sterilize catheters. The oil in today’s world is used in ointments, cough drops, liniments, mouthwashes, sunscreens, perfumes, aromatherapy, toothpastes and cosmetics. It can be used internally or topically or in a diffuser.

What are the Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil’s The benefits are well-known and have a wide range in its properties that include antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal qualities. The oil is clear, it has a distinctive aroma and taste.

Respiratory: The oil is an anti-fungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral making it a great medicine that helps with respiratory problems. It is used for sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, coughs and nasal congestion. Recent studies indicate that for non bacterial sinusitis patients showed quicker improvement when using the oils.

Intestinal germs: Medical studies at clinics and universities indicate that ingesting eucalyptus oils may deter microbial, bacterial and parasitic conditions that are formed in the intestines and colon. This may be of assistance with those suffering from crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

Asthma, Tuberculosis and Pneumonia: While suffered by millions in different countries around the world, there are numerous effective treatments for these conditions. Using Eucalyptus oil, massage 2-4 drops directly onto to your chest to help dilate the blood vessels allowing more oxygen into the lungs helping to breath at normal levels. Breathing at normal levels is the key to overcoming these diseases.

Dental care: When used to fight dental plaque, gingivitis, dental infections and cavities it has been proven that the germicidal makeup of this oil supports better oral hygiene. It is one of the reasons that this superior product is found in so many dental hygiene products currently in the marketplace.

Mental Exhaustion: The distinctive aroma creates a calming refreshing sense to the mind. People who suffer from mental stress or disorders draw strength and achieve better mental stability. It helps with better recognition, bringing awareness and a clearer mind.

Diabetes: When ingested it helps increase blood circulation and helps control the levels of sugar in your system. Using a diffuser to inhale the vapors or as a topical agent on the skin has qualities that relax the blood vessels which benefits those with Diabetes.

COPD & Hypertension There is research from the Bonn Medical University in Germany that finds that long term therapy can help with COPD. This is due to the better circulation. French researchers have found that it also helps lower elevated blood pressure.

Wounds: Because of the antiseptic nature it is excellent for healing wounds, burns, and ulcers. It also is very effective in stopping the itch from insect bites. Compared to essential oils that date back 5,000 years Eucalyptus is considered a newer essential oil, little was actually known about it until the early 1900’s. The health benefits have attracted the attention of Dr’s, universities, and individuals who are interested in alternative medicines. At this point in time everything that has been learned shows positive signs on all of the benefits using this oil. For an oil that has only started getting interest over the past 200 years instead of centuries, researchers consider this to be a resource that can benefit many people that suffer from breathing disorders. More studies are underway to fully understand all of the possibilities and health benefits that can be derived from the eucalyptus tree.

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