Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Location: The eucalyptus tree is indigenous to Australia. It is now cultivated in many sub-tropical regions including Algeria, southern China, Egypt, India, South Africa, Spain, and also in the State of California.
Extraction: Steam distilled from the leaves.
Colour and Odour: The essential oil is colourless and has a distinct, crisp, camphoraceous odour that is penetrating and refreshing.
Description: Some species of eucalyptus grow up to 135 metres and are among the tallest trees in the world. The trees are also deep rooted and grow incredibly fast, formally a fairly strong wood that is resilient to rot. Some species of eucalyptus yield a gum.
Background: It was introduced to Europe and the rest of the world from Australia in 1857. The trees are usually planted in swampy areas to prevent the spread of malaria. However, when grown outside of Australia it tends to secrete substances that inhibit the growth of surrounding plants.
Properties: Antiseptic, mildly astringent, analgesic, antiviral and bactericidal.
Respiratory System-An extremely effective remedy for reducing body temperature in all types of fever. Valuable as a decongestant for catarrh in most respiratory tract infections including colds, influenza, sinusitis and throat infections.
Skeletal System-Beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis and helps to remove toxins in the joints.
Skin- Good for skin eruptions, shingles, herpes, ulcers and burns.