In Italy, the eucalyptus only arrived at the turn of the 19th century when large scale plantations were planted at the beginning of the 20th century, mostly in the South. They can be low bushes or huge trees. Since eucalyptus roots suck up tremendous amounts of groundwater, they were planted to dry up swampy ground to defeat malaria. Their fast growth in the Italian climate and excellent function as windbreaks, has made them a common sight in the South and in Sardinia and Sicily. They are also valued for the characteristic smelling and tasting honey that is produced from them.
They are also used in aromatherapy for joint pain. One use you can try has multiple benefits: Hang a bunch in your shower to release the fragrant oils as you wash. The oils can loosen your joints and the scent will clear your sinuses.
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