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Eucalyptus Oil

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Centuries ago, the eucalyptus tree was thought to cleanse the environment, so the frail and sickly would choose to live in areas where these fragrant trees grew, hoping for recovery from their ailments. While just living under the trees might not be the cure people hoped for, the tree does indeed offer healing. The Australian Aborigines applied crushed eucalyptus leaves to wounds to promote healing. They also used the leaves to fight infection and relieve muscular pain. In India it is used to cool fever and fight contagious diseases.

Therapeutic uses: Antibacterial, asthma, arthritis, chicken pox, coughs, decongestant, fever, insect repellent, measles, migraine, muscle pain, rheumatism, shingles, sinusitis, sprains, throat infections.

FUN FACT In the 19th century, eucalyptus trees were called "fever trees," because they destroyed the breeding ground of the malaria mosquito. The tree grows fast, and uses up large amounts of water, thus large amounts of the trees can turn swamp into usable land-and also rid the area of mosquitos in the process.

Source: Aromatherapy for Everyone By Pj Pierson and Mary Shipley


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