Herb Spotlight: Eucalyptus for Cleansing and Clearing

My kindergarten class was surrounded by eucalyptus trees and I remember the smell meaning that I would get to play. On to university where I played collegiate soccer. In August we did a fun little ritual called double days where we’d practice in early AM and in the afternoon. There was about 1-3 weeks that were sweltering hot and generally the two weeks of double days fell on them. I don’t remember being too angered or tired, I just remember the immensely glorious smell that came off of the eucalyptus trees that surrounded our field when the sun shone brightly on them. Eucalyptus have been following me around my whole life and I’ve welcomed the aroma with open arms. After doing some more research on the essential oil, I’ve realized that it is a powerful anti-bacterial that can be used for countless things. Let’s dig deeper.

Breakdown of Eucalyptus:

Scientific Name: Eucalyptus [aka: gum tree]

Parts Used: leaf, essential oil

Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by the moon

Improves Function of: 

  • Respiratory System
  • Healing skin maladies [ie: wounds, bites, stings]

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Asthma & breathing issues
  • Sluggishness & exhaustion
  • Joint & Muscle pain
  • Diabetes
  • Dental issues

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Cleansing temple, home and the human aura
  • Balance of a place or person
  • Strengthen & Heal the ill

How Does It Work: Eucalyptus is made hundreds of compounds, to me the pinene and limonene struck a chord with me. These properties surely help to relieve stress and promote an energized feeling. Studies have shown that it may have an antibacterial effect on pathogenic bacteria in the upper respiratory tract. Other studies show that it has a physiological responses that may relieve joint and muscle pain. In the mouth it fights against tooth decay and periodontopathic bacteria. It also promotes the natural immune response of the body. It has a wide array of effects which can be garnered by ingesting, inhaling and topically applying the leaf or essential oil.

What Do I Do With It: Inhaling the essential oil can stimulate and regenerate a sluggish mind, use a diffuser or incense. Creating a vapor for inhalation can also relax and relieve inflammation of the respiratory tract and relieve pain in this area. Massaging the oil on skin can also relieve muscle and joint pain. It is a vasodilator so ingesting it can lower blood sugar, ingesting also removes any germs or bad bacteria in the intestines. The oil can even be added to homemade soaps and cleaners for it’s anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Purchase an essential oil or make an oil from the freshly gathered leaves of the eucalyptus tree.

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