Why Does My Medicine Smell So Good? -- Eucalyptus

Thursday March 14, 2013

By Shanon Trueman

Have you ever opened a jar of chest rub to calm a cough, and wondered from where that pungent, clean smell originates? Or, what causes that cooling sensation when someone uses arthritis cream? Chances are that one of the main chemicals involved in your cough suppressant and pain relief remedies comes from the Eucalyptus tree.

Learn more about this lovely, fragrant tree genus, native to Australia, including information about the tree's history, taxonomy, habitat, anatomy, and uses for the oils and the wood.

Photo:Eucalyptus gillii. toptropicals.com.

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