The eucalyptus tree (lat. Eucalyptus globulus) naturally grows in Australia and it’s most famous by being the basic and only food koalas feed on.
Eucalyptus leaves have numerous applications in the treatment of a number of diseases, among which mostly respiratory conditions. They contain a lot of essential oils, among which the most popular is the eucalyptol. In the past this herb has been used as a cure for high fever
Today, eucalyptus is mostly recommended for flu and colds, and every other respiratory condition there is. It’s the most effective natural remedy for respiratory conditions.
In practice, eucalyptus leaves are used in the form of tea, powder or essential oils. It helps with a long list of serious conditions, among which:
- Sinus inflammation
- Acute bronchitis
- Chronic bronchitis
- Throat inflammation
- Wounds and burns
You can prepare eucalyptus tea from its leaves. Pour 200ml of water into a pot and bring it to boil. When the water starts boiling put 2 pinches of dried eucalyptus leaves and remove it from the stove. Leave it aside for 10 minutes and make sure it’s covered. Strain the tea and after it’s cooled down a bit you can drink it. You can consume up to 2-3 cups of these tea a day.
Safety precautions: Eucalyptus is generally safe to use for everyone. But it’s not usually recommended for children under the age of six. You can ingest it, or apply on the skin as oil. Pregnant and breastfeeding women shouldn’t consume it.