Eucalyptus is an Australian tree with many species variations. This plant as well as its constituent, 1,8-cineole, have been heavily researched as an antimicrobial, insect repellent, and insecticide. There have also been studies on the herb to aid in respiratory complaints, although it may inappropriate to use with asthma and children. Eucalyptus oil is found in many over-the-counter respiratory remedies, including cough drops, chest rubs, and salt baths.
A koala's diet consists of entirely eucalyptus leaves! A single koala can eat up to a pound of the leaves every day!
Over 60 research articles have been catalogued on eucalyptus. It is a strong antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal. It has also shown insecticidal and repelling actions. A few studies have demonstrated it may aid in respiratory complaints. Further, it is an anti-inflammatory, may improve cognition, and enhance topical drug absorption. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Eucalyptus globulus
Eucalyptus is in the same family as clove and cajaput; it is an Australian evergreen tree.
Leaves are used. They can be made as a tea, tincture, or essential oil. For a tea, steep 1/2 tsp of dried leaves for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. Adults can drink up to 3 cups a day for a cough or congestion.
Leaves are steam distilled to make a thin, slightly oily clear to pale yellow oil with a very fresh, camphorous aroma.