Family Name: Myrtaceae
Botanical Name(s): Eucalyptus Globulus
Popular Name(s): Blue Gum, Australian Fever Tree and Tasmanian
Parts Used: Leaves, Oil
Habitat: Eucalyptus is a tall, evergreen tree native to
Australia and Tasmania.
Description: The Eucalyptus or blue gum tree has a wide spread
crown and the trunk has smooth, white bark, which peels to reveal a red
shade. The leaves are silver-green when young, ranging to green when
adult and differ in shape, from lance-like to sickle shaped. White
flowers appear in spring and summer.
Uses: It is useful in bronchial disease and other respiratory
problems. Also used as a liniment for bruises, sprains and various
muscular pains. Ointments are also manufactured, with eucalyptus as an
ingredient, to treat wounds and abscesses. Although good for muscular
aches and pains, it is a very effective oil to use for respiratory
problems during flu, colds, coughing, sinus and asthma.