Eucalyptus Leaf [1 oz.]
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If your parents treated your cold with Vick's Vaporub when you were a child,
you know the powerful and pungent scent of Eucalyptus Leaf, which also goes by
the scientific name Eucalyptus globulus and colloquially as the "blue gum
tree." Although all species of Eucalyptus are native to Australia, not all have
been successfully cultivated outside of that country or have been equal
usefulness as medicinal herbs; Eucalyptus globulus however is the most widely
cultivated species outside of Australia, and virtually all dried Eucalyptus
Leaf comes from this species. (It has in fact become an invasive species in
California.) Eucalyptus Leaf is just that, the leaf of a tree rather than an
herb in the technical sense, but traditionally, people of Asia, Australia and
Oceania have found it no less useful. Fresh c/s Eucalyptus leaf is steamed in
order to extract the essential oil; the strong scent of the oil extracted from
this natural herb is claimed to be therapeutic and is pleasing to some.
However, it is not pleasing to insect pests.