Eucalyptus, how healthy is it?

Eucalyptus globulus is a stately tree that yields fragrant dried leaves. Often used as decoration or for its fragrant scent in the home, eucalyptus leaves have applications that promote your health – they are:

  1. Useful for treating respiratory problems including chest congestion, bronchitis, bronchial cough and sinusitis.
  2. Effective in addressing sore throat and laryngitis.
  3. A natural antibacterial agent.

A small handful of whole leaves or a few drops of the essential oils in boiling water are effective for twice-daily steam inhalations. You can apply rubs as needed to the chest and throat to ease congestion. When buying eucalyptus products, choose oils containing 100 percent pure eucalyptus or at least 55 percent eucalyptol.

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