Eucalyptus Oil (Myrtaceae)
Part used to make: Leaves
The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia and was first introduced to the West in the 19th century. Like a willow tree, the eucalyptus can cause problems for cultivation due to the fact that it absorbs large amounts of water and prevent other plant species from developing. This can be a benefit, though, if planted in marshy areas because it will help dry up the surrounding land which would help to prevent malaria.
The native Australians (Aborigines) have used the leaves of the eucalyptus for centuries for such conditions as problem breathing, pain reliever and as an antiseptic. Modern medicine has used eucalyptus to help with chest congestion, expectorant and as a warming agent. It is an excellent infection fighter and has shown to be helpful for asthma, colds/flu, sore throats, infections, fevers, bronchitis, pneumonia and aches/pains.