Eucalyptus tea has been recognized by generations as being particularly effective in acting on the nerve receptors of the nose that causes de-clogging and the release of mucus. The anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties of eucalyptus have been widely utilized in the form of teas, oils, steams and aromatherapy to combat a host of ailments and disorders.
The eucalyptus is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the myrtaceae family. Eucalyptus can be naturally found in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines. It is also cultivated in the Americas, England, Africa, the Middle East, China and South Asia.
The eucalyptus tree is one of the quickest growing tree species on Earth. It is also among the world’s biggest and tallest trees, with some sub-species able to reach a height of up to 250 feet. The eucalyptus is also able to grow successfully in varied environs.
Eucalyptus trees have bluish white bark that is easily shed. The eucalyptus leaves are lance-shaped and possess a smooth texture. They also have a strong pungent scent that is due to the aromatic oils contained therein. Crushing the leaves give off the eucalyptus scent.
The eucalyptol, also known as 1,8-cineol, comprises 70% of the volatile oil in eucalyptus leaves. Other active components are pinene, limonene, alpha-termineol and linalool.
Eucalyptus oil must NOT be taken orally. Eucalyptus tea can be made by taking a single eucalyptus leaf and chopping it into fine bits. Then place the bits into a tall cup of hot water and let it stand for about 5 minutes.
The following are the health benefits attributed to eucalyptus tea:
When inhaled, the steam from the eucalyptus tea can help alleviate chest infections and a host of respiratory and pulmonary ailments like colds, emphysema, whooping cough and asthma.
- This tea (or essential oil combined with water), when gargled, can help fight throat infections and used as a general antiseptic mouthwash.
- When rubbed in the chest area this tea may help relieve bronchitis, asthma and colds.