Syed Akbar We all know that Eucalyptus is a natural remedy for common cold. It has been used in folkand tribal medicines for thousands of years. It is now used in Unani, Ayurveda and modernmedical preparations too. But what many do not know is that Eucalyptus has specialproperties to fight infection (antibiotic), helps in excretion of urine from the body toprovide relief from body swelling and inflammation (diuretic) and prevents formation ofcancerous cells in the body (anti-tumour). Eucalyptus also provides relief from burns, wounds, sores, skin rashes, gum diseases likepyorrhoea, and rheumatic pains. Eucalyptus has a strong and soothing flavour thatattracts one’s attention instantaneously. Coming to its famous anti-cold properties,Eucalyptus contains certain natural chemicals that fight common cold and pneumonia.Ointments, herbal teas and extracts of Eucalyptus are available in the market. Even multinational companies are into herbal preparations based on Eucalyptus. Honey obtained from bees fed on Eucalyptus flowers is said to possess special propertiesthat boost the body immunity and fights infections. Eucalyptus honey is available inleading herbal stores. Here’s a word of caution for those suffering from kidney and liver diseases as alsoasthma. They should avoid Eucalyptus preparations as the herb may aggravate theirproblem. Pregnant women too should avoid Eucalyptus preparations including vapours, ointments and rubs. ----------------- Home remedies ----------------- Take a drop of Eucalyptus oil; mix it in a glass of warm water and gargle. Repeat ittwice a day. You will get relief from gum problems like pyorrhoea. Eucalyptus infusion or tea can be consumed in small quantities twice a day for relieffrom common cold, fever and body aches. Rub Eucalyptus oil gently on affected portion for relief from rheumatic pains and localswellings. Take a few Eucalyptus leaves, crush and put them in a bowl of boiling water. Inhale thevapours for decongestion of the chest and relief from cough and cold. Readymade Eucalyptus ointment can also be massaged gently on the chest and back for quickrelief from “heavy chest” and cold.