Eucalyptus (scientific name: Eucalyptus globulus) got its name from the word “eu” and the verb “cover”, which refers to the cover that surrounds its growing flowers.
is known for its beneficial properties in the respiratory system because it facilitates and releases respiration, strengthens the immune system. Eucalyptus is an angiosperm, dicotyledonous, native plant and belongs to the order Myrtodi and the family Myrtidae. It includes about 550 species of mostly large trees grown in temperate regions for commercial exploitation and shade. Its leaves are long, leathery and hang from the tree.
In our country the most widespread species, used in medicine, is the global eucalyptus (scientific name Eucalyptus globulus), which reaches a height of 80 m. The first tree was planted in the Botanical Garden of Athens in 1864 by the botanist Theodoros Orfanidis.
Main active ingredient: Eucalyptol (cineole)
Mythology & History:
It was generally considered a valuable antipyretic. Thus Jules Verne emphasized that the mere presence of eucalyptus in one area was sufficient to neutralize malaria. In Spain it was also used against pulmonary tuberculosis. Due to its disinfectant properties, it was recommended for purulent diseases of the urethra and vagina. Eucalyptus has also been shown to have high hypoglycemic properties. Its use greatly lowers the price of blood sugar.
Ways to use
As an infusion: Use 20-30gr Eucalyptus leaves per liter of water. Let it stand for 20 minutes. Drink 4 or 5 cups a day. It acts against respiratory diseases.
As a syrup: Put 20 g of eucalyptus leaves in 300 g of water. Strain it, add 300gr sugar and boil it until it becomes the density of a syrup.
External use: Gargle in a strong infusion will soothe a sore throat.
For inhalations: Put water in a pot, add eucalyptus leaves. Inhalation of water vapor acts against colds and completely disinfects the respiratory system