Australia: Eucalyptus

For our next secret, we travel all the way down under to Australia. This continent is home to the exciting eucalyptus plant.

Here’s a fun fact: there are over 700 species of eucalyptus, including the beautiful rainbow eucalyptus. Traditionally, the oil from the leaves of the Eucalyptus radiata or Eucalyptus globulushas been used in aromatherapy to relieve congestion and as an antiseptic compress to alleviate pain. Today, many people associate the smell of eucalyptus with spas, but there are many other unique health benefits.

It can be applied as an antiseptic and also used as a natural bug repellent. To make a simple, natural bug repellent, mix 250 ml (1 cup) of witch hazel, 250 ml (1 cup) of distilled or boiled water and 30 to 50 drops of eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle. Shake and spray on your clothing before going out. The natural bug repellant properties of the oil make it a must-have for your next camping trip.

Explore the aisles of your local CHFA Member health food store for a variety of products containing eucalyptus. This natural ingredient can come in many forms, including capsules, tinctures and creams. Remember, it’s always best to consult with a health care practitioner before adding any new NHPs to your health care regimen.