Herbal Tea - Eucalyptus Leaf
Must be infused in boiling water prior to consumption.
Latin Name: Eucalyptus globulus
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus has been a traditional Australian Aboriginal medicine for centuries. The Aborigines called it ‘Kino’. They first used it to treat headaches, fevers and colds, then they began to use it as a poultice for festering wounds, inflammations and rheumatism.
It wasn’t until the late 18th to early 19th century that eucalyptus and its benefits were first brought to Europe when a French botanist, for Jacques de Labillardière, collected specimens in Tasmania in 1799.
When it first reached European shores it was known as ‘Sydney Peppermint’. Eucalyptus was first used as an antiseptic by surgeons in the early 19th century. It was used during operations and for cleaning rooms and equipment.
The leaves can be used to flavour lozenges and sweets for sore throats.
They can also be used for their insect repellent properties in sachets and potpourri.
A decoction of the leaves can be added to hot water to clean surfaces and floors.
The powdered leaf can be used as a natural insecticide in the garden.
Leaves can also make a yellowish-brown dye which requires no mordant.
Add the leaves to baths to help ease the systems of colds and flu.
A decoction can be added to liniments and rubs for easing painful joints and gardening aches.