I’m sure not many of you must be aware of the good-doings of this amazing hydrosol. It is not in the awareness zone of many people. Now, though, that it has come into limelight, the hydrosol is getting a lot of appreciation and praise.
It is native to Australia and Tasmania bearing pendent leaves and umbels of white, red or pink flowers and valued for the timber, gum and oil. Some seeds were sent to France in 1857 and planted in Algiers and thrived exceedingly well. Five years after planting the Eucalyptus, one of the most marshy and unhealthy districts of Algiers was converted into one of the healthiest and driest. As a result the rapidly growing Eucalyptus trees are now largely cultivated in many temperate regions with the view of preventing malarial fevers.
A tall, aromatic evergreen tree of the myrtaceae family. An essential oil obtained from the leaves is antibacterial. The essential oil found in the leaves is a powerful antiseptic and is used all over the world for relieving coughs and colds, sore throats and other infections. The essential oil is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter cold remedies. This eucalyptus oil has its strong lemony scent and has been used to open the respiratory track and may be useful for alleviating symptoms of bronchitis, colds, flu, sinus problems and throat infections.
The essential oil is a powerful antiseptic and is used all over the world for relieving coughs and colds, sore throats and other infections. The therapeutic properties of lemon verbena oil are antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive, emollient, febrifuge, hepatic, insecticide, sedative, stomachic and tonic. Essential oils can have a deleterious effect on the body in larger doses. It has a decidedly disinfectant action, destroying the lower forms of life. The oil can be used externally applied to cuts, skin infections etc. It can also be inhaled for treating blocked nasal passages.
Citriodora is a lemon scented essential oil especially used in perfumery and fragrance creation. Leaves yield 0.5% to 2.0% essential oil which is rich in citronellal, citronellol and isopulegol. Leaves are also used as insect-repellents. The leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree are used traditionally for perfuming linen and cupboards. It is also quite useful for keeping cockroaches and silverfish at bay. An added bonus is the great deodorizing properties of the eucalyptus oil, being excellent for -
- Smelly shoes
- Cooking smells
Bath, compress, inhalation, aromatherapy diffuser, local wash, massage and as a perfume in cupboards.
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