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Green eucalyptus leaves are sweet, with a fresh, woody aroma. The genus name "eucalyptus" is derived from "eu," meaning well and "kalyptos," meaning cover. Aromatherapists and herbalists may interpret the name to mean "that which covers well a variety of common conditions."

Green eucalyptus leaves are sweet, with a fresh, woody aroma. The genus name "eucalyptus" is derived from "eu," meaning well and "kalyptos," meaning cover. Aromatherapists and herbalists may interpret the name to mean "that which covers well a variety of common conditions."

The oil of eucalyptus has been distilled since the late 1700s for chest problems and colic and is for external use only. It induces sweating and acts as a stimulant, antibacterial and astringent (cleanser). It's also useful for stuffy noses and relieves respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, flu, asthma and coughs.

In aromatherapy, eucalyptus promotes activity, vitality and energy. The massage oil is effective for sore and aching muscles. Blend the following essential oils for a medicinal massage:

  • 20 drops eucalyptus
  • 20 drops rosewood
  • 20 drops lavender
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 5 drops wintergreen

Mix 36 drops of this blend with three ounces of sweet almond oil and shake. Massage into fatigued, aching muscles and joints. To relieve pain from an aching back, neck and shoulders, arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis, stiffness or muscle soreness, first apply moist heat or take a hot bath with four drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath water.

For asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis and emphysema, place a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth and inhale through the mouth, then exhale through the nose for 30 seconds. This also relieves symptoms of colds and flu, coughs, sinus and sinus headaches, stuffy nose or hay fever. Massage abdomen and chest for lower respiratory discomfort.

To heal cold sores on the outside of the mouth, dry the affected area with a cloth and then apply eucalyptus oil directly to the sore with your finger or a cotton swab. Repeat this process at least three times every 12 hours.

For rashes and insect bites, apply the oil directly to the affected area and repeat several times a day as needed. Four to five drops of eucalyptus oil in a foot bath provides relief to sore feet.

Eucalyptus is an antiseptic and the strongest natural germicide known. Apply to sores, cuts and abrasions rashes, insect bites, minor burns and sunburn as necessary to promote healing.

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