Benefits of Bagras
Being one over 400 different species of Eucalyptus, Bagras, with a scientific name Eucalyptus deglupta, shares similar medicinal properties of Eucalyptus. It is also known as “Rainbow Eucalyptus” or “Rainbow gum” due to its most distinctive feature which is having a unique multi-colored bark. It usually thrives in tropical forests such as in the lowland primary forest in Mindanao. Bagras is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for tropical and subtropical gardens and parks in some urban areas in the Philippines. It also occurs in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Bagras is considered stimulant, antiseptic and antimalarial. Its oils are classified into medicinal, containing eucalyptol or cineol industrial, containing terpenes, used in mining operation, and aromatic, as in Eucalyptus citriodora. In some countries, they used Bagras to combat malaria. In addition, the decoctions of leaves are also used as antiseptic and deodorant. Moreover, decoction of leaves is used as tea to treat cough and asthma.