For centuries, oriental doctors used its healing properties and it has been the subject of countless investigations. Thanks to its benefits, in the market you will find an endless number of medicines made from this plant.
WHAT IS EUCALYPTUS?
It is a type of tree from the group of myrtaceous or aromatic plants. The growth of this plant spreads in a short term, so it is easily attributed various uses, including medicinal, for cultivation and also for the wood and paper industries.
This large tree grows regularly in all temperate regions of the earth. The eucalyptus gives off a fragrance similar to menthol in its leaves, very common in pharmaceutical products, whether in syrups, creams, oils or other presentations.
Eucalyptus benefits and properties
Although it has benefits for the wood and paper industries, its greatest use is in medicine. Over the centuries, from ancient China to contemporary times, thousands of scientific studies have been conducted to discover the properties and benefits of eucalyptus. Currently, it is one of the components most used in natural medicine, thanks to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The benefits of this plant for our health are described below:
- It is a very common ingredient to fight colds and flu.
- It is an excellent antibacterial and antiseptic, ideal for fighting skin infections.
- It is the number one ally to combat respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or others, acting as a powerful decongestant of the bronchi and lungs. Its properties classify it as an expectorant par excellence.
- Applying eucalyptus oil to the chest and sinuses helps improve breathing. Therefore, its use is recommended in those with sinus problems or difficulty breathing.
- It is effective in relieving joint pain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is used as a mouthwash to help reduce inflammation of the gums or disinfect any wound.
The fresh leaves of the eucalyptus are used to make oils, and its dried flowers are ideal for the preparation of infusions.
The most common use is inhalation, to help decongest the nose and bronchial tubes. It is a very simple procedure, just place a container of water on a stove, when boiling add a bunch of eucalyptus leaves (enough to give off abundant aroma) and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
Then, the head is placed on the container and it is completely covered with a towel; the idea is that the vapor penetrates sufficiently when inhaled. It can be prepared alone or by adding other components that are also effective, such as mint, ginger, rosemary, etc.
Eucalyptus in infusions fights the formation of mucus in the bronchi or any other affection of the respiratory system, so it can also be used to gargle. To prepare this infusion, you just have to follow the following steps:
In 250 ml of boiling water, add three tablespoons of eucalyptus leaves. Let it rest for about 15 minutes. Strain and sip. If you prefer, you can add lemon and honey.
The eucalyptus has been and will continue to be a medicinal plant par excellence. Since you know all its benefits, make the most of them and keep this plant close to alleviate any health problem that you may suffer. Blessed nature that has created the eucalyptus plant!