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Eucalyptus Leaves Relieve Cold Symptoms, Improve Dental Health And Other Health Benefits

Eucalyptus is a popular ingredient used in ancient systems of medicine all over the world, especially in China, India, Greece and Europe. Leaves of the evergreen eucalyptus tree that is native to Australia are used to treat several conditions due its antioxidant and antiseptic properties.

According to Medical News Today, there are over 400 eucalyptus tree species. But the leaves botanically classified as Eucalyptus Globulus is the source of the well-known and commonly consumed eucalyptus oil.  

The leaves are good for overall health since they contain flavonoids, the largest group of phytonutrients that is filled with antioxidants. They also contain tannins, which is known for antimicrobial activities. Some of the major health benefits highlighted by Healthline are as follows:

Antioxidants

The best way to derive the benefits of eucalyptus leaves, not in oil form, is by making use of one dry leaf to prepare tea. The leaves rich in flavonoids have antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress and free radical damage from accumulating in the body. 

The flavonoid compounds found in the leaves are quercetin, phloretin, catechins, luteolin and kaempferol. All of which prevent cancer, heart disease and dementia. 

Relieves Cold Symptoms

Eucalyptus is used as an ingredient in medicine to treat the common cold, such as inhalants and cough lozenges. An herbal remedy used to relieve throat congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis is made from the addition of fresh leaves in a gargling mixture. 

Eucalyptus oil can be inhaled to decongest the throat and ease congestion. Leaf extracts have been proven to play a role in helping relieve infected respiratory tracts.  

Keeps Teeth Clean

Due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, the leaves are useful ingredients in mouthwash as well as dental procedures. It can also help fight tooth decay and periodontitis. 

Treats Dry Skin

"Ceramides are the body’s natural moisturizer that prevents the skin’s dehydration," said Audrey Kunin, a dermatologist based in Kansas City. Using topical eucalyptus leaf extracts can boost the skin's ability to produce ceramide, since it contains a compound called macrocarpal A, which is needed to stimulate ceramide production. 

The reason many hair and skin care products have eucalyptus leaf extracts is because it can reduce dryness, itchiness and scaliness. 

Relieves Chronic Pain

The extract of the leaves is used to relieve muscle and joint pain as a result of sprains or stress. However, the research on this is mixed and not conclusive. Many studies said that eucalyptus leaf extracts could possibly be beneficial for pain relief, though not always.  

Eucalyptus oil dissolved in almond oil was given to patients who had undergone knee replacement surgery in one study. It decreased their perceived levels of pain and blood pressure within half an hour. 

GettyImages-907868518 PISMO BEACH, CA - JANUARY 17: Thousands of monarch butterflies gather in the eucalyptus trees at the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove as viewed on January 17, 2018, in Pismo Beach, California. With its close proximity to Southern California, this Central Coast community has become a popular stop for global and domestic tourists traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

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