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What is Eucalyptus?

June 23, 2020
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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

What you need to know about Eucalyptus is that its therapeutic qualities can be grounding and healing. An aromatic essential oil for the body and mind. Here at XTEND5, you will find Eucalyptus in our Mending Milk, a topical Dream Cream used for sore muscles and joints. We love that Eucalyptus brings such a soothing aroma and can help support inflammation reduction.

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