* Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees (and a few shrubs) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia.
* Eucalyptus has long been used as an antiseptic and decongestant. From the aborigines of Australia, eucalyptus is known around the world for its soothing and healing properties. Eucalyptus warms and dries, which makes it an effective treatments for respiratory problems. It works as an anti-inflammatory and revives the tired mind.
Eucalyptus is good stuff.
Google away my friends, you'll be hard pressed to find anything negative said about it.
I was sitting on the living room floor having a perfectly wonderful conversation with my sister. When the faint smell of eucalyptus slowly crept into the room. (my niece had eucalyptus incenses burning in the kitchen.) Okay, that's nice. However, with each word the smell got stronger and stronger until my head felt twice it's normal size. My eyes became so narrow my sister looked horizontal.
So, with my giant head and my eyes nearly shut I go to the kitchen to grab some raw carrots and a bottle of water from the fridge (why?) I don't know why. I begin to chop on carrots like a famished beady eyed rabbit and chug water to wash 'em down. I decide I should step outside for some fresh air - I'm still chopping and chugging as I step out into the cool air. Ahh... that's better. For a minute. Clearly I'm suffering from eucalyptus poisoning (that or I'm actually turning into a beady eyed carrot crazed rabbit.) The signs are all there....giant head, beady eyes, raw carrot craving. I'm pacing back and forth considering a google search for "eucalyptus how much is too much" when like a hammer it hits me. I have a migraine. Brought on by a combination of humid southern air and eucalyptus. Yes, the beautiful silver - green " known around the world for its soothing and healing properties" eucalyptus has me praying to "toss my carrots" and find a nice cool cave to sleep in (preferably not in Australia.)
Eucalyptus....it works as an anti-inflammatory and revives the tired mind. Yeah. NO.
Speaking of Poison.