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Benefits of Eucalyptus And Its Side Effects

Gathered from the dried leaves of towering evergreen trees, Eucalyptus oil offers many medicinal and balmy benefits. This beneficial plant has been used since the days of yore by primitive dwellers. Eucalyptus oil, also known as Nilgiri tel is one ingredient that can have ample effects on our overall well-being. This oil is a colorless liquid with a strong wood like and fresh scent.

Benefits of Eucalyptus And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Eucalyptus
Nutritional Value of Eucalyptus
Health Benefits of Eucalyptus
Follicle Stimulation
Acts as an insect repellent
Relieves cough and congestion
Relaxes sore muscles
Heals wounds
Eases joint pain
Cures respiratory problems
Helps maintain oral hygiene
Stimulates mental health
Treats acne
Uses of Eucalyptus
Side-Effects & Allergies of Eucalyptus
Cultivation of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Cited as “eucalyptol” by the scientific community, the health gains of eucalyptus oil come from a chemical called cineole — a biological compound which holds startling medicinal effects. Eucalyptus oil can act as antibacterial, anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory. The fundamental components of Eucalyptus oil are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol. Eucalyptus oil, infused from the evergreen Eucalyptus globulus trees, have a huge list of traditional uses. Eucalyptus was used to heal wounds and reduce fever by early Australians. Eucalyptus was accepted as a disinfectant and expectorant by European, Chinese, Greek and Ayurvedic medicine later.

Nutritional Value of Eucalyptus

Research shows that eucalyptus oil helps curb over 90% tuberculosis infection and other drug-resistant bacterial infections. Due to its impressive anti-inflammatory property the perks of inhaling eucalyptus show similarly astonishing results. The cineole commonly found in eucalyptus oil works as an effective long-term therapy which restrains Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms and improve asthma. Another notable benefit of eucalyptus is that it helps in lowering high blood pressure.

Health Benefits of Eucalyptus

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Eucalyptus
Health Benefits of Eucalyptus

Follicle Stimulation

Blending a few drops of eucalyptus oil with some coconut or olive oil provides the hair with a moisturizing pick-me-up. The active elements in eucalyptus oil stimulate hair follicles and the blood vessels. This in turn improves circulation of blood around follicles and keeps the hair healthy.

Acts as an insect repellent

Eucalyptus oil is a natural and healthy alternative to chemically toxic bug sprays available commercially and is very effective. Placing a few soaked cotton balls in pest-infested areas repels ants, cockroaches and pests as they despise the smell of eucalyptus oil.

Relieves cough and congestion

The active elements present in eucalyptus leaves act as expectorants which help to eradicate surplus phlegm and mucus from the sinuses and respiratory tract. Also, it eliminates the environment for bacteria to generate and spread. Making a steam bath by pouring a cup of boiling water mixed with eucalyptus oil and inhaling deeply with a towel over one’s head is one of the most effective ways to restrain cough.

Relaxes sore muscles

Besides its pain relieving effects, eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory and anodyne effects which help to soothe tired and sore muscles. Improvement of blood circulation is enlivened as eucalyptus oil is a native vasodilator and widens blood cell.

Heals wounds

Antimicrobial and antiseptic properties present in eucalyptus oil are effective at treating sores, burns, wounds, cuts, etc. It can be made into a DIY ointment to apply on stings and bug bites. Along with relieving the pain from the affected area, it also prevents from any possibilities of getting infected.

Eases joint pain

Eucalyptus oil is one of the vital ingredients in many ointments found over the counter that are used to soothe pain from conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Research suggests that inhalation of eucalyptus oil is effective in alleviating pain and controlling blood pressure.

Cures respiratory problems

Eucalyptus oil is remarkably useful when it comes to treating respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Usage of eucalyptus oil for asthma is a tested cure as it expounds the blood vessels allowing more oxygen into the lungs. Due to its antioxidant contents, eucalyptus oil strengthens the immune system during a flu, cold, or other illness and also helps fight infection. Possessing anti-irritation qualities, eucalyptus tea is consumed as a therapy for throat irritation.

Helps maintain oral hygiene

Eucalyptus oil kills germs in the mouth, reduces plaque and helps to prevent gum diseases that are caused due to microbial action. This oil performs antibacterial activity against tooth decaying bacteria and fights germs that cause bad odour. Eucalyptus oil is an active ingredient used in several mouthwashes and toothpastes.

Stimulates mental health

Eucalyptus is revitalizing and its sweet aroma is effectively stimulating. Eucalyptus oil is appropriate for developing concentration and keeping your vitality level elevated. The smell of Eucalyptus oil encourages feelings of relaxation, thus it should be diffused for a better night’s sleep.

Treats acne

Eucalyptus oil destroys bacteria that clogs the pores and prevents it from spreading making it one of the best natural treatments for acne. The familiar, minty smelling oil works as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herb and not only aids in killing bacteria, but also to dry the affected area and provides relief to irritated skin. Using eucalyptus oil on acne affected areas can reduce oil production.

Uses of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has a comprehensive range of health benefits. It is one of the most powerful forms of natural medicine ever. Apart from medicinal uses it is also used for cleaning, deodorizing, repelling bugs, industrial purposes and so on. Eucalyptus can be used internally, topically or aromatically.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Eucalyptus

Precaution must be exercised while using eucalyptus. Eucalyptus oil is quite concentrated. It must not be used before being diluted. Some side-effects of eucalyptus oil are nausea, stomach problems and diarrhoea. It can also be toxic if ingested in large quantities. Adults should be careful when using eucalyptus oil for oral hygiene.

Cultivation of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus originated around 35 to 50 million years ago. With the arrival of the first humans about fifty thousand years ago, fires became much more persistent and eucalyptus soon came to account for approximately 70% of the Australian forests. Presently, around 5% of eucalyptus comes from Australia while the remaining 95% is supplied by China.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have sinus problem.in winter I often suffering from cold. How can I overcome this problem.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Take tab Lakshmivilasa Ras 1 tab 3 times a day and cap. Sinarid 1cap three times a day. Avoid cold and refrigerated food and oil fried food and sweets. Do steam inhalation with 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil added to it wear warm clothing.

My father BP Jain undergone angiography and angioplasty last year. Now he is having respiratory problems. Medications he is taking is concor5 mg, amlopres5, foracort 400 ,and ecosprin75 /20. Can you please suggest should we go ahead with lung detox home based things also. Am thinking of eucalyptus oil steam treatment .Also can you please suggest any other things as well. His heart reports are normal and NT pro BNP is 152.4.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS - Physician )
Cardiologist, Delhi
1) Please get him evaluated by a pulmonologist to rule out any lung problems like Asthma or COPD etc, because if he has a lung problem then concor needs to be stopped as it worsens respiratory issues and will also decrease his respiratory problem. 2) If there is an underlying lung problem then his treatment needs to be optimised. 3) do not take the oil steam therapy unless a pulmonologist clears it because at times it can further worsen the underlying lung issue.

I have no beard properly. So that I ask to u.which vitamins capsules I eat. Than grow beard on my face. Plzzzz tell me about.

General Physician, Pudukkottai
Hi 1.clean the area with moisturiser often. 2.take b complex tablets {biotin} 3.use eucalyptus oil in the beard area. All the best.

Sir muje sinus problm h OR mera Indian air force ka medical 9january ko h. Sir y problem kaise shi hogi.

MD - Social & Preventive Medicine / Community Medicine, MBBS, AFIH, Certificate course in Management and Prevention of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease, Certificate course in Management of Thyroid Disorder, Certificate course in management of Hypertension
General Physician, Navi Mumbai
Take steam by putting eucalyptus oil two times a day. Find out the cause of allergy and remove the cause this can also reduce your sinus problem.
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Popular Health Tips

How To Treat Flu In Adults?

DDF, FCCP, MD , MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
How To Treat Flu In Adults?

Having a fever makes you feel weak such that you don’t feel like doing anything. Medical treatment for flu includes usage of antiviral drugs as prescribed for decreasing the severity and duration of the infection. You may also consult your doctor to know about the antibiotics that can treat bacterial infections which may arise as an effect of flu. However, antibiotics are not always required for treating viral infections like flu. On the contrary, you can also follow a few home remedies to get rid of your suffering.

Home remedies for treating flu
You can treat flu by following a few home remedies like resting in bed and avoiding physical exertion. Hydration is very important and minor pains and aches can be relieved with over-the-counter medications as prescribed by the physician. You should avoid spreading the flu virus and germs and wash your hands often.

  • Stay hydrated: You should drink ample amount of water, clear soup and fruit juices. Though flu causes appetite loss, you should not depend on water entirely, as it doesn’t contain enough amount of electrolytes that are required for your body to function optimally. Energy drinks can also help you in this respect. In case these products are not available, you can also prepare a homemade solution by mixing plain or rice water with sugar and a pinch of salt. You can also enhance the taste by adding orange juice and freshly cut bananas, and you can drink it right away irrespective of your age.
  • Getting rid of coughThough expectorants and cough suppressants would help the cough to subside, steam inhalations can also prove to be useful for opening a blocked nose. To create steam, pour water in a pot and heat it. After removing the pot from the stove, cover your head with the towel and inhale the steam. The water should be hot, but not boiling, and you can also add eucalyptus oil and few slices of ginger to the hot water. Another way is to steam up your bathroom by allowing the shower to run with hot water and inhale the moisture from the steamy room. You should refrain from touching hard surfaces where the viruses would remain alive. Sneeze and cough into a soft tissue or a handkerchief and carefully dispose of the tissues once they are used. If possible, stay away from people who have flu.

With these simple homemade tips, you would be able to control the symptoms of flu. But in case it does not subside, you shall have to seek medical assistance. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.

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Viral Throat Infection - How Can You Get Relief?

DNB, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Viral Throat Infection - How Can You Get Relief?

The common reason why most of us get throat infections is because they are viral in nature. This means that if one person gets a throat infection then he transmits it to others by touching, coughing and sneezing etc.
Viral throat infections can be managed easily. There are several home remedies that can alleviate your viral infection. However, it is suggested to consult an ENT specialist if the home remedy is not providing any relief to you.

  1. Gargling: It is one of the most popular methods of treating viral throat infection. All you need to do is mix one tablespoon of salt in 200 ml of water and warm the solution. When the water becomes lukewarm, take a small portion of it and rinse your throat with the solution. Take care that the solution remains within your throat and does not reach your stomach. Rinse your throat for 5 minutes and repeat the procedure after a rest of 2 minutes. Ensure that the water remains lukewarm for effectiveness.
  2. Inhalation: Another common method of ridding yourself of viral throat infections is to inhale steam. Boil some water mixed with eucalyptus oil. When the water starts developing bubbles, take your face near it, cover it and the pot containing water with a dry towel and inhale the steam. This procedure is inconvenient for many people because inhalation results in sweating, but the result is perceptible. You must inhale steam for at least five minutes. Once you are done with inhalation, avoid taking cool fluids like cold water etc., else the effect would be reversed and your infection might get more severe.
  3. Take lots of fluids: Strange as it may sound, viral throat infection can also be treated by taking lots of hot fluids. The warm temperature helps in neutralising the viruses, while the fluids prevent the dehydration of the body. Take hot tea, coffee etc. when you have an infected throat.
  4. Drink hot milk and turmeric: Many mothers administer this solution to their kids to treat throat infections caused by viruses. This concoction is best taken before sleeping in the night. Turmeric has been found to carry several anti-microbial properties.
  5. Avoid smoking: If you are a smoker, you must avoid smoking to alleviate your viral throat infection.
  6. Use decongestants and nasal sprays: These substances make breathing easier by contracting the swollen mucous membranes. Nasal sprays also help relieve runny noses and post-nasal drips, which are so irritating and inconvenient to many. However, avoid administering this remedy to small children. Since these sprays contain synthetic drugs, it is advisable to stick to prescribed dosages for different age groups.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Amazing Benefits Of Black Pepper

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Amazing Benefits Of Black Pepper

Here are 6 amazing black pepper benefits:

1. To prevent cancer: the piperine in black pepper can be credited with the prevention of cancer, and becomes twice as potent when combined with turmeric. The spice also has vitamin c, vitamin a, flavonoids, carotenes and other anti-oxidants that help remove harmful free radicals and protect the body from cancers and diseases. The best way to eat pepper to harness maximum benefits is to eat freshly ground pepper, and not cook it along with food.

2. Stimulates digestion: again, the piperine in black pepper eases digestion and stimulates the stomach, which then secretes more hydrochloric acid that helps to digest proteins in food. So a bit of pepper in food will actually help you to digest it faster.

3. Relieves cold and cough: black pepper is antibacterial in nature, and therefore helps to cure cold and cough. A teaspoon of honey with freshly crushed pepper does the trick. It also helps to alleviate chest congestion, often caused due to pollution, flu, or a viral infection. You can add it to hot water and eucalyptus oil and take steam. And given that black pepper is rich in vitamin c, it also works as a good antibiotic.

4. Enables weight loss: black pepper is brilliant when it comes to extracting nutrients from food. And it's outermost layer contains phytonutrients, which helps to break down fat cells, and also increases metabolism. If you eat fresh pepper, and begin to perspire, that's the pepper helping your body to get rid of excess water and toxins. But you need to control consumption - a pinch with your food (one meal) is enough.

5. Improves skin: it enables blood circulation, and provides the skin with more oxygen. Adding it to your food also takes care of unwarranted skin wrinkles. Black pepper is known to help in the cure of vitiligo, a condition where the skin loses pigmentation, and creates white patches.

6. Addresses depression: the piperine in black pepper helps to deal with depression. It stimulates the brain, and helps it to function properly by making it more active.
 

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Chronic Sinusitis - How Unani Remedies Can Help?

Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Unani Specialist, Gaya
Chronic Sinusitis - How Unani Remedies Can Help?

There are hollow spaces in the skull (cavities) known as sinus, which have a mucous lining. Due to various reasons, these can get inflamed, and in some people, despite multiple treatments, the sinusitis can be recurrent and persistent. This condition, where it continues to persist beyond 12 weeks, is known as chronic sinusitis. It can be seen in people of all ages, can be worse in children, elderly, and the immunocompromised.

In Unani, chronic sinusitis is referred to as nazla, and this is due to bad temperament of the brain and the nose, causing inflammation of the mucosa in the sinuses around the nose.

Causes:

  1. Nasal septum deviation: The wall separating the two nostrils can be moved to one side, blocking the sinuses
  2. Nasal polyps: These are growths within the nostrils which can block air flow
  3. Respiratory tract infections: The nostrils are the first part of the respiratory tract, and infections can affect the sinuses
  4. Allergies: Chronic allergies like hay fever and inflammation can cause sinusitis

Symptoms:

Unani believes that the accumulated mucus causes irritation and pain in the face, especially around the nose. Symptoms include:

  1. Postnasal drainage, which is thick, discoloured (greenish yellow) drainage from the nose to the throat. This can also produce a constant salty taste in the throat
  2. Chronic nasal congestion or obstruction, leading to difficulty breathing
  3. Painful, tender area around the nose and eyes (sinus space)
  4. Decreased sense of smell
  5. Unpleasant taste
  6. Mouth breathing, which can lead to further throat and respiratory problems
  7. Other symptoms include ear pain, sore throat, cough, painful jaws, fatigue, and fever.

Treatment:

Unani believes that disease is a natural process due to an imbalance between the various body fluids. Treatment is usually progressive, starting with noninvasive measures, moving up to more invasive methods. In chronic sinusitis, the following are often recommended.

  1. Eucalyptus leaves to be boiled in water and inhaling this provides great relief. It helps in thinning the mucus which is then released easily
  2. An equal amount of Viola odorata (Linn), marshmallow root extract and Jujube fruits (unaab) are mixed and boiled in about 100 ml of water until the mixture gets reduced to half. This can be stored for prolonged periods and mixed with consumed to be used on a daily basis.
  3. Another mixture that is used is Malva sylvestris, mallow, and liquorice roots which are again boiled in about 100 mL of water until it is reduced to half the quantity. This can be stored and consumed on a daily basis, up to 3 times a day. This helps in clearing the sinuses and reducing inflammation, preventing a chronic sinusitis.
  4. Khameera ustokhddus. OD dose and cupping therapy is also very helpful in all types of scinositis.
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Cough & Cold - 12 Tips To Help You Prevent It!

MBBS, MD - Aerospace Medicine, Eular Certification in Rheumatology
General Physician, Pune
Cough & Cold - 12 Tips To Help You Prevent It!

One thing that a weather change brings about is lung infections - most commonly cough and cold. Most people dread the change of seasons from one temperature to another because of the fear of how their body will react to the weather change. Be it extreme hot or cold, most people end up with a cough and cold. The more affected age groups again are the children and the elderly. However, all it takes to prevent this is to plan a little so that the body can get used to the change and not react with a cough or cold.

Prevention: There are few things that can be done which can help avoid catching cold.

  1. Avoid sudden exposure to cold, from a heated room to the cold outdoors, especially in the evening and morning. Those who are used to a morning and evening walk may have to change the routine.
  2. Avoid cold food items such as cool drinks, milk shakes and ice-creams.
  3. Having a warm bath, early morning and late evening is advisable.
  4. Avoid foods such as sour stuffs, pickles and fried foods.
  5. Eat small, frequent meals that are prepared fresh are nutritious and of moderate temperature.
  6. If there are infected people in your neighborhood, avoid being in close contact with them as you might get infected as well.
  7. Wash your hands enough to keep them free of germs
  8. As much as cold weather does not make you thirsty, push enough fluids so that your body stays hydrated. If water is not appealing enough, drink warm water or tea or lime.
  9. Ensure the house, especially kitchen and bathroom are clean and disinfected.
  10. Avoid exposure to dust and pollen as they carry lot of germs.
  11. Avoid staying in a poorly ventilated room, enough circulation ensures germs are not concentrated in one room
  12. Timely vaccination against flu

Treatment: Despite these measures, once the cough and cold has set in, the following are some easy remedies:

  1. Steam inhalation, preferably with eucalyptus oil added to it.
  2. Having warm soup with ginger and garlic added to it to soothe the throat
  3. Ginger and other spices like cardamom and cinnamon can also be added to tea.
  4. Lemon and honey can be added to a glass of warm water. This will soothe the throat and help fight cold.
  5. Chewing Tulsi leaves can be beneficial
  6. Yoga exercises such as Pranayama and Jalneti can be done to cleanse the nasal cavity, prevent sinus congestion, and clear mucus. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.
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Table of Content

Eucalyptus
Nutritional Value of Eucalyptus
Health Benefits of Eucalyptus
Follicle Stimulation
Acts as an insect repellent
Relieves cough and congestion
Relaxes sore muscles
Heals wounds
Eases joint pain
Cures respiratory problems
Helps maintain oral hygiene
Stimulates mental health
Treats acne
Uses of Eucalyptus
Side-Effects & Allergies of Eucalyptus
Cultivation of Eucalyptus