Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Globulus is one of 680 species and is the most well known and ubiquitous of its kind. This fast growing tree naturalizes easily and you can find it in mild coastal climates such as California. Eucalyptus is native to Australia, and Aborigines have used the crushed leaves to heal wounds and cure fungal infections for centuries.
Eucalyptus oil distillation began in the mid-1800s and was quickly incorporated into Western conventional and herbal medicine, as it was found to to be an effective decongestant. In the United States, records indicate the use of Eucalyptus oil by surgeons dating back to the 1880s as an antiseptic. By the 1930s, eucalyptus was being used in homes around the world with the invention of Halls mentho-lyptus cough drops in Britain and "Vicks" Vapo-Rub which became a widespread topical respiratory and found over the counter at pharmacies.
Eucalyptus has multiple therapeutic healing properties such as:
-vasodilates (widens) bronchial (lung) pathways in the body
-supports sore throat, coughs, colds, congested sinuses, bronchitis, and other respiratory infections
-helpful for those with asthma and emphysema
-repellent to insects such as fleas, earwigs, ants, and silverfish
A few precautions and contraindications when using Eucalyptus oil:
-ingested oil can cause digestive upset (do not ingest).
-can create muscle weakness or breathing problems for some individuals with sensitivity
-can increase heart rate (or in some cases lower blood pressure and blood sugar)
-not suggested for diabetics
-can have counter-actions with certain medications (conduct research and consult a medical professional prior to using)
Hopefully this post sheds some light on a very powerful and popular plant!
Breathe easy with some Eucalyptus and fight the common colds and infections that have been going around this flu season! Pick up a bottle today! :)
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