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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



EUCALYPTUS
(E. globulus)
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PROPAGATION: By seed. Tender perennial tree (quite large) native to Australia. A compact form is available and suitable for pot planting (E.g. 'compacta')
NEEDS: Full sun. Pot grown in north.
HARVEST: Leaves.

USES

MEDICINAL:
Expectorant, decongestant, antiseptic and deodorant. Has been used for problems of the respiratory system.
Primary use has been in inhalation therapy and combined with other herbs for cold remedies.
Oil of eucalytus has been used in diffuser, sauna, inhalation, massage, bath, and for sinus infection.
Has been used as a decongestant in salve and ointment form.

DYE:
Leaves gathered in fall give a red color if boiled 2 hours. (NOTE: Because of strong odor - boil OUTSIDE.)

AROMATHERAPY:
Considered revigorating and balancing.




©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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