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What is Eremophila?
Eremophila alternifolia is a native Australian bush that grows naturally in South Australia. It is a traditional bush medicine plant used for centuries by indigenous Australians for the relief of common ailments and one of the only botanicals reported to have been so valuable that it was dried and carried for future use. It was historically considered to be the ‘number one’ medicine used by indigenous Australians.
What other names is Eremophila alternifolia known by?
Local names include Irmangka-Irmangka, round-leaved Eremophila, poverty bush, narrow leaved poverty bush, emu bush, and bush medicine to name a few.
Is it safe to use Eremophila?
It is recorded in the book by Barr ‘1988’ Traditional Bush Medicines An Aboriginal Pharmacopoeia ‘page100’ that ‘This mixture may be taken with safety by people of all ages, including the very young and the very old.’ Traditional use suggests Eremophila was widely used as the ‘number one medicine’ and I have found no reports of side effects in any of my research to date.
Of all the people who have used Hayley’s EXTRA STRONG Balm over the last decade, there has been only one report of a negative reaction and it was due to her allergy to the beeswax in the balm.
What does Eremophila do?
The antiseptic and anesthetic qualities found in Eremophila have traditionally been used to relieve all sorts of common ailments, it is particularly effective for the relief of sunburn, insect bites and stings, rashes, aches and pains, coughs, sore throat, headaches, growing pains, bruises, eczema, aged skin, chapped lips, grazes, scar tissue, and inflammation. An infusion of the leaves is said to induce sleep and promote general well-being. Eremophila alternifolia is known to have decongestant, expectorant and analgesic actions. It was used in the alleviation of cold, inﬂuenza, fever and headaches.
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Eremophila alternifolia essential oil has been tested to contain 44% Fenchone and 15% Limonene with yet another major component an unidentified compound at 27%. Source: Barr ‘1988’ Traditional Bush Medicines An Aboriginal Pharmacopoeia ‘page 239’
Fenchone and Limonene together have been found to have beneficial anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activity known to augment wound healing.
Fenchone is known to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties.
Limonene acts as an antioxidant in the body, absorbing and removing damaging free radicals before they can injure cells. Its reported effects are anti-anxiety, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant.
Eremophila can be used as often as required for relief, or as a daily skin conditioner.