The bark is smooth and powdery, pale- or blue-grey to white in colour, with a skirt of rough brownish bark for the bottom 1—4 m of the tree trunk. They are arranged alternately along the branches. The white flowers appear from mid autumn to late winter from April to August. The mountain blue gum E. It is commonly known as the flooded gum and as rose gum in Queensland.

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You can feel confident in knowing that the information within this article is sound. Close When you want natural, effective relief for seasonal coughs and colds, eucalyptus is your essential oil of choice. This fragrant evergreen tree is a household favorite not only for its odor-eliminating leaves but also thanks to its healing properties. If you want to get the incredible benefits of eucalyptus while minimizing your exposure to toxic chemicals found in many over-the-counter products, try making homemade disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and mouthwash.

The eucalyptus tree is part of the Myrtaceae family and native to Australia, although these trees have been planted around the world. There are more than species total and several are used to make the essential oil, including Eucalyptus odorata and Eucalyptus globulus. Eucalyptus oil is generally colorless unless dyes are added. A Brief History of Eucalyptus The medicinal leaves of the eucalyptus have been used for centuries.

Aboriginal Australians crushed and soaked the leaves to make medicine while the bark was used for everything from canoes to bowls. Here are the top benefits it provides. By limiting the toll-like receptor 4 reaction, eucalyptus oil may boost your immune system , allowing your body to heal more quickly and efficiently. When eucalyptus oil was placed in a Petri dish along with various microbes, the oil proved effective against germs that cause many conditions, including cold sores, fever, acne, and sore throat.

Not only does it reduce irritation, but it also helps fight highly contagious skin infections such ringworm also known as dermatophytosis at its source. Researchers from Brazil found that the high concentration of the compound 1,8-cineole within Eucalyptus smithii fights harmful organisms that may infect the skin of cats, dogs, and humans. This improved hair gloss and changed hair fiber properties, regardless of race, age, or gender.

Improved ceramide production from the use of eucalyptus oil also reduces scalp flakiness and irritation. Top Eucalyptus Uses Given the many health benefits eucalyptus oil provides, there are several ways you can use it in your daily life.

Eucalyptus makes a wonderful addition to homemade products that can help you keep your body healthy and your home clean. Check out these ideas and let us know if you try any! Helps You Breathe Easier Clear up a stuffy nose or help ease chest congestion naturally with either a eucalyptus oil steam or a DIY vapor rub. Researchers found that eucalyptus oil can push pathogens out of the body, particularly from the lungs, cleaning out your system so germs are carted away by the body.

Most commercial vapor rubs are made from petroleum oil with chemical ingredients, so to reduce your exposure to toxins , make your own.

Recipe: Aromatherapy for Congestion.


Eucalyptus Oil: Top Benefits & Uses With DIY Recipes

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