The aromatic oil contained in the leaves of this herb is an essential ingredient in Vicks Vapo-Rub.
It used to clear nasal passages, loosen phlegm, increase flow of blood to muscles, as topical antiseptic, and as protection from bug bites.
This herb is a traditional remedy for infections and fevers.
It has antiseptic properties that are helpful for colds, flu, and sore throats.
Eucalyptus is also a strong expectorant, suitable for chest infections, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
The diluted essential oil, applied to the skin as a chest or sinus rub, has a warming and slightly anesthetic effect, helping to relieve respiratory infections. The same effect takes place when the infusion or tincture is used as a gargle.
Diluted essential oil applied to the affected area can help to relieve rheumatic joints characterized by aching pains and stiffness, as well as neuralgia, and some bacterial skin infections.
The leaves are used in oils for aromatherapy, and in steam inhalations as well as in capsules and teas.
CAUTIONS: Eucalyptus should not be used by people with liver disorders or digestive problems.