Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia. Eucalyptus is an ingredient in many products, and is used to reduce symptoms of pain in creams and ointments, relieving muscle and joint pain.
The oil that comes from the eucalyptus tree is used as an antiseptic, a perfume, as an ingredient in cosmetics, as a flavouring, in dental preparations, and in industrial solvents.
Chinese, Indian, Greek, and other European styles of medicine have incorporated it into the treatment of a range of conditions for thousands of years.
There are over 400 different species of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus globulus, also known as Blue Gum, is the main source of eucalyptus oil used globally.
Leaves are steam distilled to extract the oil, which is a colourless liquid with a strong, sweet, woody scent.
The leaves also contain flavonoids and tannins; flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants, and tannins may help to reduce inflammation.
Eucalyptus extract may act as a pain reliever, and research indicates that the oil may have analgesic properties.
Eucalyptamint, an OTC preparation with the generic name methyl salicylate topical, is used to treat muscle and joint pain linked to strains and sprains, arthritis, bruising, and back pain.
The scientists concluded that "Eucalyptamint, produced significant physiologic responses that may be beneficial for pain relief and/or useful to athletes as a passive form of warm-up."
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Other benefits of Eucalyptus include:
- Colds and respiratory problems
- Dental care
- Fungal infections and wounds
- Insect repellent
- Stimulating immune system
It is not safe to take eucalyptus oil orally because it is poisonous.