Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)
Eucalyptus trees have a quiet, gentle strength within them, able to withstand intense conditions and even regenerate after being completely blackened by fire. There is something about their ability to survive and flourish in any condition that is truly inspiring. Crushing one of their leaves in your hand releases their potent powers, with a scent that is both stimulating, potent and soothing all at once. Native to Australia (and a few in New Guinea and Indonesia), there are over 700 different species of Eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus species grown in a range of climates from arid desert to tropical rainforest.
Many Aboriginal tribes of Australia used Eucalyptus leaves to treat wounds such as cuts and sores, and for muscular aches and pains. It's smoke was inhaled for fevers, and internally, it could be taken as a tonic for gastro-intestinal upset such as diarrhoea. Eucalyptus oil became popularised by pharmacist John Bosisto in Melbourne in the 1800's, and was used medicinally for asthma, cold and flus, colic and as a liniment.
Eucalyptus oil has been shown to be an effective anti-microbial for many common infections such as staph and strep strains and is often included in household anti-spetics. Research has also shown it stimulates the immune system and has anti-inflammatory activity in the body, and has an analgesic action when applied topically.
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