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Eucalyptus is a genus of trees including more than 700 species. Almost all eucalyptus species grow on the Australian continent. Eucalyptus oil has been used as a traditional health remedy for hundreds of years, so much so it is known as "Australia's miracle plant." Eucalyptus oil is a clear, slightly viscous liquid with an easily recognizable taste and aroma, produced by steaming fresh eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus globulus or the blue gum tree is the most common source.

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1. Relieves Congestion

Eucalyptus oil is a common natural nasal, chest, and sinus decongestant. The organic compound cineole is largely responsible for this property. Many people add several drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water or a nebulizer and inhale the steam to relieve their congestion. Eucalyptus oil also breaks up mucus in the lungs and respiratory tract. Some people use eucalyptus as a chest rub to ease coughing and congestion related to COPD, asthma, and chronic sinus infections. Commercial cough suppressant medications and sore throat lozenges often contain the oil.

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