Eucalyptus is a medicinal plant with balsamic properties for respiratory diseases, primarily due to eucalyptol properties. Eucalyptol properties when treating bronchitis coughs and other problems of the bronchi and throat have been widely demonstrated.
Smoking eucalyptus leaves as a natural medicine when we have any of these problems is a remedy that has been traditionally recommended for cineole’s healing properties.
Can You Smoke Eucalyptus Leaves?
Yes, we can smoke eucalyptus leaves. For medicinal purposes, eucalyptus leaves are most often used. This beautiful evergreen tree of the myrtle family is unusually rich in the essential oil of the same name (up to 3% of net weight), due to which it has been used since ancient times to treat diseases of the respiratory system.
Eucalyptus leaves contain up to 6% of valuable tannins, bitterness, organic acids, and other compounds. Eucalyptus has an expectorant, analgesic, healing effect – which is very important for smokers. In homeopathy, eucalyptus is prescribed for such characteristic symptoms as agitation, shortness of breath, fever, and thirst – also a well-known “smoker’s syndrome”.
How to Consume Eucalyptus Leaves?
Eucalyptus is used in the form of infusions, tinctures, decoctions, and essential oils. You can buy ready-made drugs in pharmacies, or you can do it yourself. One tablespoon of eucalyptus leaves is infused in a thermos with 0.5 liters of boiling water to obtain a daily dose. In this way, a supportive agent is obtained that can be used, in principle, with any therapy for smoking cessation.
Enhance eucalyptus’ beneficial properties and better digestibility by adding a tablespoon of honey and glycerin to the infusion. The treatment course is 3-4 weeks, during which you must take infusion in 50 ml 5-7 times a day.
For rinsing, 10 g of leaves are poured with one glass of boiling water and kept for 2 hours in a sealed container, then cooled to room temperature. Eucalyptus alcohol tincture will be useful for coughs of various origins – including “smoker’s cough”. You must take 20-30 drops and half a glass of cooled boiled water three times a day.
Is Smoking Cigarettes From Eucalyptus Leaves Good or Bad?
There are not enough studies to confirm whether smoking eucalyptus leaves is good or bad for your health. From a conventional perception, it has been recommended as a suitable healing method. However, many specialists think that the benefits of incorporating a minimum part of eucalyptol in the lungs through smoked eucalyptus leaves would be much less than the damages that the ingestion of smoke in the lungs can cause.
We must not forget that, when burning organic matter, harmful products are generated since they can irritate the lungs or even incorporate toxins into the body, such as polycyclic hydrocarbons.
In studies on the influence of smoking on lung cancer, it has been shown that not only are the components of tobacco harmful but also that smoke, in itself, reduces the body’s ability to expel mucus and toxic products from the lungs because it reduces the mobility of the cilia, which are a kind of “hair” that, when moving, expel toxic waste from inside the bronchi.
Thus, in principle, it could be thought that the smoke from eucalyptus leaves could also prevent the expulsion of excess phlegm that usually affects diseased lungs.
If you want to consume eucalyptus as a natural remedy, it is recommended to opt for other methods found to be safe within the specified doses especially breathing in the vapors from a very hot infusion of dried leaves in water.
Is It Acceptable To Replace Tobacco with Eucalyptus Leaves?
The damages of smoking tobacco for the body have been confirmed in numerous studies. It is not sufficiently documented if replacing tobacco leaves with eucalyptus leaves is more or less optimistic or if, ultimately, it is even more harmful.
Is Smoking Eucalyptus Cigarettes Suitable For Respiratory Diseases?
The possible benefit it could have is much less than the harm produced by the smoke and substances that are generated during the combustion of the leaf. For this reason, it is preferable by WeeDeeliver to use other remedies such as mist or infusions with eucalyptus.