How to take advantage of the healing properties of eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus is a tall tree with very fragrant pointed leaves. It is native to Australia, but nowadays it is found all over the world. The height of this tree is usually between 30 and 100 meters. Its scientific name is Eucalyptus globulus and it belongs to the Myrtaceae family. Thanks to its leaves covered with a fine waxy film of blue-gray color, it is also nicknamed blue gum tree. This tree contains a high percentage of essential oil (about 70 to 75%). It also contains tannins, flavonoids and terpenes.

Indications in herbal medicine

Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antipyretic, anti-catarrhal and antitussive effects. For this purpose, it serves mainly to treat various inflammations of the respiratory tract. It is particularly effective in cases of flu, colds, coughs, bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis and pneumonia. In addition, thanks to its antispasmodic property, it improves respiratory comfort and also allows fight asthma.

That medicinal plant also acts on:

  • The digestive system: difficult and painful digestion, enteritis (inflammation of the intestinal mucous membranes)
  • Postmenopausal women: hot flashes and palpitations
  • Dermatological conditions: mycosis, superficial wounds and burns
  • Genito-urinary infections: cystitis and gonorrhea
  • The immune system: antibacterial and antimicrobial
  • Rheumatism
  • Neuralgias and migraines

Pharmaceutical forms

In a therapeutic setting, the leaves are mainly used. This plant can be found in the form of herbal tea, syrup, dry extracts, mother tincture, powder, capsule, lozenge and essential oil.

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Directions for use and usual dosages


In a cup of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes 1 tablespoon of dried leaves or 2 to 3 whole leaves. Drink up to 4 cups a day.

Mother tincture

In a glass of water, dilute 20 to 30 drops of mother tincture. Consume 3 times a day.

Powder for fumigation

This form of preparation cleans the air and promotes breathing. To do this, form a bead of powder by pressing it with your fingers, then ignite one end.


Reserved for adults only and to be administered orally. Take 3 to 6 capsules per day.

Essential oil

  • For external use, mix theeucalyptus essential oil with vegetable oil. Massage the parts to be treated with the mixture obtained.
  • In inhalation, add 3 to 4 drops of essential oil in a bowl of hot water then inhale the steam to clear the airways.
  • In diffusion to purify the ambient air and to prevent seasonal illnesses.
  • For internal use: under medical advice only.

Side effects, contraindications and precautions for use

Eucalyptus is not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 8 years old. Furthermore, an overdose or prolonged use can lead to inflammation of the gastrointestinal mucosa, allergic reactions, nausea and diarrhea. To avoid these effects, it is necessary to first seek the advice of a therapist or health professional.


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