Herb Spotlight: Eucalyptus


Guest post by Tori

Koala bear eating eucalyptus leaves. Image from Wikipedia.

Eucalyptus is a popular scent, both for aroma therapy and for house scent things.  And koala bears love it, so we should, too!

Medicinal Uses
The health benefits of eucalyptus are in the essential oil.  It is good for treating respiratory problems, like runny nose, sore throat, asthma, and cold.  It is an antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and a decongestant.  This means it is good for wounds, burns, and ulcers, as well as insect bites and stings.  Massaging eucalyptus oil into muscles helps reduce pain.  When taken internally, it can control blood sugar.  There are lots of other uses, but listing them all here is dull, so you can check them out at the link in the sources at the bottom of the post.

Don’t take this if you have liver problems.  If you have any medical problems or pregnancy concerns make sure this is safe for you!  Please don’t just run about willy-nilly dosing yourself with stuff.

Please be cautious when using eucalyptus oil.  In large quantities, eucalyptus oil is toxic.  Be sure to read any labels on the oil for dosing information, especially when ingesting eucalyptus oil.  Consult a doctor if you should have any concerns.

Eucalyptus. Image from Botanical.com

Magical Uses
This is a water and feminine plant.  It is good for healing, protection, and peace/relaxation.  There are many ways to combine the health benefits mentioned above with magic, so keep that in mind.  I’m not sure where the protection comes from, but it may have something to do with the all the anti’s I listed.  It may also be good to use in a protection spell if you want to include the goal of calming down the individual threatening you.  If you work in a high stress field or deal with lots of people getting annoyed (such as monstrous retail customers), eucalyptus is probably perfect for your spell.  It would also be a good oil to diffuse when meditating, especially on something that may be stressful or energy draining, or after you have cast a spell.  Eucalyptus is
good for mental exhaustion and a lot of what we do tends to cause that.

Sources

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4 responses to “Herb Spotlight: Eucalyptus

  1. Susanna Banecker

    An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils or aetherolea, or simply as the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not form a distinctive category for any medical, pharmacological, or culinary purpose.’

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