EUCALYPTUS – Australia
For centuries, Australian Aboriginal peoples have used eucalyptus and its soothing, cooling vapor in traditional remedies for treating body pains, congestion and viral complaints such as influenza. Distilled oil from the oval leaves of the tall, skinny plant, eucalyptus oil has an array of applications, as an antiseptic and/or antimicrobial, a pharmaceutical or fragrance, in insect repellents, commercial food flavoring, personal hygiene and dental products. The nonprofit environmental research group EWG approves the use of eucalyptus oil in dozens of household cleaning products.The sweetest and perhaps most nutritious of citrus, the orange has long been employed in aromatherapy, beloved for its support of calming, cooling, and restorative sleep effects. Native to China, the orange is prolific in Chinese medicine, which uses the dried peel in applications for cough, colds, and digestive disorders. Vitamins A, B & C are top-of-the-line in an orange, superior in supporting efforts to stave off infection. Pharmacology research indicated its beneficial properties related to skincare, respiratory and circulatory systems and digestive. Cold press of the freshly ripe or almost ripe peel extracts a rich but sweetly fresh yellow or amber-orange oil.