Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of trees (and a few shrubs). There are more than seven hundred species of Eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, with a very small number found in adjacent parts of New Guinea and Indonesia and one as far north as the Philippine islands.
A traditional remedy in Australia for respiratory complaints such as bronchitis and croup, blue gum eucalyptus has many healing properties. It is particularly effective in the treatment of burns, blisters, and insect bites. Also used to treat tropical diseases such as malaria, typhoid, and cholera.
Australian Aborigines crush the leaves and apply them to the skin to heal wounds, fight infection, and relieve muscular pain.
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