Question the koala about eucalyptus. Watch her grin. “Hey mate, I sleep in the tree all day long, curled up in my branch nook. I hang out for a few hours at night, feasting on the leaves. I am all about Eucalyptus."
Ask the koala if the leaves make her feel good and she will assure you that she is not ‘high’ as many believe her to be. "Yes, a little sleepy maybe." The leaves contain cineole*, toxic to some animals, but not the koala.
Koala means ‘no water’. They thirst quench from the leaves themselves making it a rather interesting and unique relationship.
Another question might be, “Can we humans benefit from eucalyptus?” Yes, but you may read that it is poisonous if taken internally, but remember a too large quantity of anything can be dangerous.
Paracelsus (1493-1541) the Swiss physician whose radical ideas influenced the development of medicine wrote in about 1530 "all things are poisons. It is only the dose which make a thing poison". Even water and salt which are normally harmless may cause illness or death if taken in excess.
We at Earth to Body are interested in the external use of eucalyptus, as literature tells us it anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. You may wish to read about 23 amazing benefits of eucalyptus on the skin hair and health.
We use eucalyptus in the following cosmetic products. But you may wish to also buy the essential oil at the health food store and make some of your own miracle recipes.
*a colorless, oily, slightly water-soluble liquid terpene ether, C 10 H 18 O, having a camphorlike odor and a pungent, spicy, cooling taste, found in eucalyptus, cajeput, and other essential oils: used in flavoring, perfumery, and medicine chiefly as an expectorant."