Eucalyptus is an epic tall tree that grows at an impressively fast pace. It is a large genus that houses more than 600 species of shrubs and tall trees, native to Tasmania, Australia, and the islands in the neighborhood. This pleasant-smelling plant appears in the form of shrubs, mallees (multi stemmed from the ground level), and tall trees.
Almost all eucalyptus species are evergreen with leaves covered in oil glands. These oil glands are the key feature of this genus, imparting the plant its signature aroma and myriads of medicinal values. Its flowers are petal-less with numerous white, yellow, pink, or sometimes stamens that have a fluffy appearance.
Eucalyptus leaves come with a good load of medicinal benefits. It is used in many products that tame the symptoms of cold, flu, cough, and congestion. It also stars as a leading ingredient in balms and ointments for muscular and joint pain. Eucalyptus oil serves the purpose of perfume, antiseptic, flavoring agent, excipient in dental preparations, and an ingredient in cosmetics. It has an excellent insect repellant property. It also serves as an antifungal, painkiller, immunity booster, antiulcer, anti-inflammatory, and antidiabetic.