Eucalyptus, also known as blue gum and koala tree, is a tree of the myrtaceae family. It has its origins in Australia, but also grows in some countries whose climate is temperate and hot as the countries of North Africa, Spain and Portugal. Nearly 600 species of eucalyptus are listed in the world. Among them are Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata and Eucalyptus citriodora. Today, these species are cultivated both in Asia and Europe.
# Essential Oils
Juniper is a plant of the Cupressaceae family, of which there is a large number of species and varieties. This tree is, alongside with the cedar, the main plant that covers the mountains of Aurès (Algeria), especially in the south of this massif (regions of Maafa, Beni Fodhala, etc.). Its berries are used in the composition of juniper alcohol, in English gin and aquavit. The essential oil of juniper, obtained by distillation of berries. The essential oil of juniper is effective against inflammatory pain such as rheumatism and arthritis.
Originally from southern Africa where they are native, pelargoniums were imported to Europe around 1690 and are now widely used as an ornamental plant. This genus includes more than 200 species grouped into 15 sections, but only about 10 varieties are exploited for the production of essential oil. Geranium rosat known as "Atercha" in Arabic has a sweet and gentle scent which justifies its use in perfumery and cosmetics.
Originally from the Mediterranean basin, Pistacia Lentiscus is one of the characteristic trees of the Provencal scrub. Present in scrub and scrubland, particularly in Morocco, Corsica and Algeria. Its branches contain an essential oil with many virtues. It has an antispasmodic, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and healing action. It is sometimes called mastic tree, because its sap is used to make a gum close to chewing gum that once was used in pastries and liqueurs.
Mentha pulegium called Pennyroyal. The Lamiaceae family is widespread in the Mediterranean area, and is known as Fliou in Berber. This plant is widely used in traditional medicine for the respiratory sphere (nasopharyngeal spherical tropism and lungs), against bronchitis, colds and sinusitis (by cleaning the entire ENT sphere), as well as against digestive disorders and biliary insufficiency. The essential oil of pennyroyal has antispasmodic and stimulating properties, it helps to relieve headaches but its use must be done with caution because of its high degree of toxicity.
The common Myrtle, Myrtuscommunis is a Mediterranean plant known in Berber language as Tarihant, is a shrub of the family of Myrtaceae, which grows wild in the dry and sunny scrubs. Renowned for its antiseptic action, it occupies an important place in history. The Greek doctor Hippocrates used its berries against metrorrhagia. The essential oil of Myrtle is obtained by distillation with water vapor. It treats digestive, pulmonary or urinary infections as well as cutaneous ulcers and hemorrhoids. It alleviates the heavy legs and prepares the body to the effort to avoid cramps and aches. It is very effective against loose and dry cough.
The richness of the Algerian flora is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional of the continent, but who could have suspected that it was in the heart of its vast desert that hid a treasure of hydration. The prickly pear known with its scientific name Opuntiaficusindicais a fruit that offers us a natural rejuvenation elixir, obtained by cold pressing, the vegetable oil of prickly pear seed is a true miracle offered by nature, its richness in Vitamin E, omega 6 and sterols make it an excellent natural care product against the signs of skin aging by acting on the lipid reconstitution of the skin to regain its flexibility and radiance.
Basil is a herb of the family Lamiaceae. Known for more than 4,000 years and native to India, the basil then conquered Asia and Egypt where it entered the process of mummification by virtue of its anti-bacterial and conservation properties before arriving in Greece where, harvested by the sovereign, it constituted a royal herb, symbol of fertility. Basil is known for its soothing and balancing properties of body and mind. It would significantly reduce stress and depression. It is therefore recommended to the nervous and hypertensive. Concocted in herbal tea, it allows to sleep well1.
The bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange. Citrus Bergamia is a small tree from Rutaceae family.1 The fruit grows mainly in a Mediterranean climate and is named after the Italian city of Bergamo, the original place of bergamot oil trade.5 It grows very well in a very varied range of soils including the most clayey soils of Boufarik in Algeria.2 The essential oil of Bergamot is used in many occasions, especially related to its soothing, antispasmodic, antiseptic, or digestive properties.3
Chamomile, in Arabic "Babounj", belong to the genus Anthemis, Chamaemelum, Cladanthus and Matricaria (Asteraceae). Chamomile has been recommended for a variety of healing applications and is included in the FDA‟s (US Food and Drug administration) GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list.1 Among medicinal plants used in Algeria, we find very few wild species very undemanding and growing in very diverse soil and climatic regions ranging from sub-humid zone not far from the Mediterranean coast among them chamomile.2
Citrus, family of Rutaceae1, among them Lemon, are among the most popular fruits grown in Algeria. They are of an excellent quality and are greatly appreciated for their nutritional and refreshment value. They are concentrated in five main areas, namely Blida (in the Valley of Mitidja), Mascara, Chlef, Mostaganem and Annaba.2 Sweet and well tolerated, the essential oil of lemon facilitates digestion and is therefore particularly used in case of detox or to fight against the motion sickness of children and nausea.3
In Algeria, rose-scented geranium and lemon grass are used for the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections, and stomachache and toothache, respectively. Cymbopogon citratus (Poaceae family), commonly known as lemon grass, is a perennial tropical grass with thin, long leaves and is one of the main medicinal and aromatic plants cultivated in Algeria. It also cultivated mostly for its essential oil (EO) in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, South America, and Africa1.
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