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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Eucalyptus Health Benefits.


The eucalyptus plant is found originally in Australia, and has eventually spread throughout the other regions of the world. There are about five hundred species of the evergreen tree. The most commonly used variety is the Australian blue gum variety, from which oil is derived by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs. It is popular for its strong and distinctive fresh aroma. The medicinal properties are found in its oil and have been used by the aborigines for generations as a medicinal remedy.

Eucalyptus oil can be used for aromatherapy, and putting the oil to a hot water bath is very popular. However do not add too much as there have been reports of people experiencing drowsiness and feeling giddy after taking a long bath with eucalyptus oil in it. The oil is used for a variety of skin and hair remedies as it is has antiseptic and pain reliving properties. It is therefore used to relive sore muscles, heal chapped skin and cure dandruff. The cosmetic benefits of eucalyptus are many, but one should exercise a good level of caution before using eucalyptus for skin or hair treatments as it can sometimes have very harsh side effects. Therefore it is important that you consult your doctor before using any treatments that require the eucalyptus. Among the most common uses of the eucalyptus tree is in the treatment colds and coughs — eucalyptus oil is an excellent decongestant and is used in many herbal medicines and cough drops, and can also be used in steam inhalation, by simply adding a few drops to the water. Unfortunately, apart from this, there are not too many ways in which eucalyptus oil can be used medicinally or as a cosmetic. The oil is indeed recommended by many practitioners of alternative medicine, but there is not enough evidence to prove that it does what it is supposed to do, and in fact, the oil can be toxic, especially when consumed or inhaled.

There is no real way in which eucalyptus oil helps the skin itself, but when applied to the skin it seems to improve blood circulation and also warms the area. This is similar to many balms, and eucalyptus oil can therefore sometimes be used to treat aches and pains. Eucalyptus oil is also thought to have antibacterial properties, and is therefore sometimes recommended for skin problem such as acne. However, this is generally not advisable, as there are safer, more effective options available, both over the counter treatments and home remedies.Eucalyptus is native to Australia. However, today it can be found growing in subtropical regions throughout the world. The medicinal properties of Eucalyptus are found in its oil that is extracted from the fresh as well as dried leaves and branch tips. The volatile oil euclyptol is the basic active constituent in eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus oil (Eucalypti aetheroleum) is approved for external and internal catarrhs of the respiratory tract and externally it is useful for the rheumatic complaints. This oil can effectively provide an antiseptic and expectorant action. It acts on the receptors in the nasal mucosa and helps to lessen nasal congestion. Eucalyptus oil is a perfect antiseptic agent that can be used in spas and hot tubs maintenance. It is found to be beneficial for arthritis, coughs, sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, flu, sinus infections and colds. You may use it twice or thrice daily with steam inhalation. Direct rubbing on the chest is another way to apply eucalyptus oil. You can add it to the bath water for a refreshing and relaxing soak. It is useful for earaches, headaches and migraines if applied behind the ears. Uses of eucalyptus oil are versatile as it can protect your body in the winter and cools your body during summer. It possesses antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antibiotic, deodorizing and analgesic properties. It is also beneficial for the pets for their skin if they suffer from flea problems.