Eucalyptus tree is widely spread because it grows fast and is resistant to various diseases. In addition, it offers shade and repels mosquitoes. Actually this just one of eucalyptus’ unique properties.
Eucalyptus is one of the tallest trees of Greece. It is so familiar that very few people know that it is not endemic of Hellenic flora. Its origin is from Australia. The leaves of eucalyptus are the exclusive food source for koalas. In Greece it was imported in 1862.
Eucalyptus’ unique properties
Eucalyptus has the ability to absorb a lot of water and this is why it is the ideal tree to plant near swamps. On top of that its capacity to repel mosquitoes helps in dealing with the diseases they carry. Apart from mosquitoes, eucalyptus has repellent properties for more insects like flies, lice and fleas. You can find a homemade recipe for natural insect repellent spray based on the eucalyptus’ unique properties here.
Eucalyptus’ pharmaceutical properties include dealing of respiratory problems. It helps breathing and nasal runny nose. In addition it reduces the symptoms of flu and soothes coughing. This is the reason why eucalyptus is a main ingredient in a lot of throat soothing pastilles. In addition, it protects from viruses and strengthens immune system.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is extracted by the leaves of the tree. It is known for it reviving and stimulant properties. It can be used in products that are applied on the skin as anti-inflammatory and cleaning treatment. It can also help in cases of itching, eczema or mild burns. All essential oils, including eucalyptus, should not be used directly on the skin. They must be diluted in a carrier oil or alternatively be used with an aromatherapy device. Inhaling the oil’s steam can help with sinusitis and nasal obstruction. When burned or steamed in patient rooms it can refresh and clean the air. It is also toning and has beneficial effect on patients psychology by reducing sentimental stress.