Eucalyptus radiata (or Eucalyptus offficinalis)

Eucalyptus radiata

Eucalyptus radiata is an Australian tree with a bluish grey trunk which may reach thirty metres and belongs to the Myrtaceae family.

  • Bath

  • Skin application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Essential oil of Eucalyptus radiata is remarkably well-tolerated in skin application in young children: always use diluted to 50% in a vegetable oil.

Lemon-scented eucalyptus has specific properties: anti-inflammatory and analgesic (osteoarthritis, tendinitis, rheumatism, sprains, arthritis, headaches, painful menstruation). Its essential oil also treats skin disorders (Herpes zoster, athletes' foot, mycoses, itching). It is also a good mosquito repellent.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years (under the age of seven years for oral administration and for Eucalyptus globulus), persons with a history of epilepsy (warning, especially in children who have had fever seizures), persons allergic to one of the components (geraniol, linalool, limonene), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use, in case of treatment of more than a few days (contraceptive pill, anticoagulants, chemotherapy, etc.).

Fever
Take three or four times daily 2 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus radiata on a neutral tablet allowing it to melt in the mouth. Pour 10 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus radiata in a spoonful of neutral base. Mix in bath water.

Flu
Pour a few drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus radiata on a handkerchief or in a bowl of hot water. Breath for ten minutes to prevent flu. 3 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus radiata, 3 drops of essential oil of ravintsara. Apply on the chest two to three times daily for one week. (Not suitable for children under the age of seven years.)

A closed shell hides the flower stamens which come out when they grow, which gave the tree its Greek name (eu "well", kaluptos "covered"). The leaves have oil glands and can capture solar energy on each of their faces, which makes them secrete an abundant nectar.

"The fever tree", which has the rare virtue of cleansing its surroundings, was discovered in Australia in 1792 by the French naturalist Julien Houtou de La Billardière, who accompanied La Perouse and wrote an account of the expedition. Aboriginals used its leaves to treat their wounds and fevers. Its introduction in Europe dates back to 1856 when the commercial product started in the Australian state of Victoria. Eucalyptus was used to dry out and clean malaria-infested marsh regions as it absorbs large quantities of water and releases strongly anti-infectious emissions, thus one of its names Eucalyptus salubris.

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