Eucalyptus is native to Australia but is now grown all over the world. Its evergreen leaves have been used for its inflammatory fighting and anti-bacterial properties, as well as helping with pain relief for hundreds of years.
Eucalyptus leaves are distilled into an essential oil, the lifeblood of the plant. Its essence can then be diluted in carrier oils to apply to skin, and it’s crushed leaves can also be made into a tea. This essential oil is used in many products, including mouthwash, chewing gum, and vapor rub1. It is a volatile oil2, meaning it fills the air freely with its distinct aroma, which can be very calming.3. In fact, inhaling Eucalyptus is noted to lower blood pressure and reduce pain after surgery or injury4.
Some other suggested uses for Eucalyptus are how it may reduce dry skin and help with skin conditions. It may do this by increasing the ceramide produced by the skin. Ceramide helps the skin retain water and acts as a protecting agent.5
Eucalyptus is full of flavonoids6, which are phytochemicals found in nearly all fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids are full of antioxidants and inflammatory fighting properties, and they also play a huge role in supporting the immune system. The flavonoids found in botanical resources like Eucalyptus are also noted as being neuroprotective7.
Fun facts about Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus was once planted in Algiers around a marshy and unhealthy area that affected the locals. After five years of growing Eucalyptus, the area became one of the healthiest and driest. In Sicily, Eucalyptus has been planted in large quantities to combat malaria. The tree’s root system is fantastic for drainage, which reduces mosquito presence; the tree’s fragrance also deters them. This is why Eucalyptus can be used as a natural insect repellent.9
Mending Milk: Our CBD Pain Cream With Eucalyptus
Ruth created Mending Milk for good reason. She was dealing with autoimmune issues and needed pain relief, and fast! So, with numerous formulations, testing, trial, and error, Mending Milk was born. Finally, Ruth was able to apply this cream to her hands first thing in the morning and get the pain relief she needed to get to work!
There are two main qualities that Mending Milk needed for Ruth to be happy with the final product. Number one was absorption. While we can’t share our secret sauce, the combination of cream consistency and unique ingredients created a pain cream that is easy to apply, absorbs quickly, and works instantly. The second must-have was the smell. Ruth meets with clients and vendors daily; she couldn’t stand the medicinal smell of the competition. With the relaxing spa-like scent of eucalyptus mixed with the calming touch of lavender, we are confident that Mending Milk is the best smelling CBD cream on the market.
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