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Gum trees, scientifically known as Eucalyptus, are trees native to Australia. It is known for its wide range of benefits and uses. With over 400 species of eucalyptus, the most globally used species is the Eucalyptus globulus, which is commonly known as the Blue Gum.
Eucalyptus is used to treat cough, cold, congestion and also helps in reducing muscle and joint pains. Besides this, it is also used to treat skin infections and rashes.
The oil extracted from the eucalyptus tree is used as a flavoring agent, in making antiseptics, perfumes and cosmetics and in several dental preparations.
The leaves of the gum trees contain flavonoids and tannins. Flavonoids are described as any of many compounds that are plant metabolites, formally derived from flavone. They have antioxidant properties. Tannins have anti-inflammation properties.
Benefits and Uses of Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus and its benefits have been known to people since time immemorial. It served as a natural treatment to many diseases and hence has been an important part in medicine history. Here are some of the benefits and uses of eucalyptus:
Fungal infections: Eucalyptus is used to treat fungal infections and skin wounds. That is why it is also seen as an ingredient in various antiseptic products.
Dental preparations: Because of its antimicrobial properties, eucalyptus is used as an ingredient in mouthwashes. Also dentists use it in some dental preparations.
Antimicrobial properties: New studies have proved its use as an antimicrobial agent. People have been curing infections using eucalyptus oil and this can eventually reduce the dependence on antibiotics as newer research suggests.
Respiratory problems: Eucalyptus oil is used to treat cold, cough, bronchitis and sore throat. Fresh leaves should be used in a gargle to treat sore throat and bronchitis.
Insect Repellent: Eucalyptus acts as an insect repellent and helps in keeping mosquitoes away. It is also used as an insecticide and a pesticide.
Reducing Pains: The oil extracted from gum trees acts as a pain reliever and helps to reduce muscle and joint pains. It also finds its use in reducing backaches, arthritis and bruising.
Additionally, eucalyptus oil is also known to stimulate the immune system and increase the body’s immune response. Cat scratches can also be treated with this oil. This oil is also known for its effectiveness in reducing several diseases like diabetes, fever and flu.
Essential oils should always be used according to the instructions given, for some of them may have huge side effects and thus may prove to be hazardous. People should see that they use only pure and genuine products of essential oils.
While applying on the skin, eucalyptus oil should be diluted with any other carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil. Essential oils should never be used without diluting it first. One drop of the eucalyptus essential oil should be mixed with approximately four drops of carrier oil.
Eucalyptus oil is also known to produce irritation or a burning sensation and thus a patch test should be done before using it.
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Eucalyptus Oil for Pets
Many essential oils pose a risk to domestic animals. Eucalyptus oil is one of them. It can be absorbed either orally or through skin and then metabolised in the liver. Pets such as dogs and cats lack a certain enzyme in their liver and thus have difficulty eliminating certain toxins like essential oils. The higher the concentration of an essential oil, the greater is the risk. Symptoms vary with respect to different essential oils and may include vomiting, tremors, drooling, ataxia, low heart rate, respiratory distress, low body temperature and liver failure. Therefore people should be very much cautious when using essential oils such as eucalyptus oil around their pets since the things pleasing to us may be annoying to them.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Ankita B (author) on July 26, 2020:
Thank you Audrey for your kind comments. I appreciate your visit.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 25, 2020:
Eucalyptus oil is #1 for me and I use it regularly. Thanks for this informative and helpful article.
Ankita B (author) on June 22, 2020:
I love it too. I am glad you liked reading this. Thanks Anupam Mitu.
Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 22, 2020:
Thanks for this information. I love the smell of Eucalyptus oil.
Ankita B (author) on June 20, 2020:
Thank you Manasi.
Manasi Patil from Mumbai on June 20, 2020: