Eucalyptus, (Eucalyptus globulus), grows throughout the dry areas of India. It is a large tree with quadrangular stems.

The leaves of the young shoots are opposite, sessile, cordate-ovate, and covered with a bluish white bloom, while the adult leaves are alternate, lanceolate and broad.

Eucalyptus possesses analgesic, expectorant, decongestant, antiseptic, anti-neuralgic properties, and increases blood circulation. It is used against asthma and chronic bronchitis. A combination of Eucalyptus oil, Nilgiri Taila, and olive oil is used as a rubefacient for rheumatism.

It is also known as Tailapatra and Sugandhapatra.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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