Eucalyptus Globus Labill
eucalyptus, ribbon gum, shining gum
What are Eucalyptus Leaves?
The eucalyptus tree - of which there is over 700 species - is an evergreen native to Australia and naturalized to the Mediterranean, California, and other countries with similar climates. Its thick, papery, greenish-blue leaves emit a potent and deeply fragrant oil, one most people can easily recognize.
Benefits of Eucalyptus Leaves
The astringent, spicy, oil emitted by the eucalyptus leaves is versatile in function; it can be used as an effective insecticide, it can be used for all-purpose cleaning, and is used to drain swamps which then reduces risks of malaria. It is also used in very small quantities as a flavouring for food supplements such as candies, toothpaste, and decongestants. Eucalyptus is most commonly used as an essential oil in aromatherapy treatments to invigorate the mind in a pleasant way, to open the nasal passage and lungs, and to relieve joint pains. A steam room is not complete without eucalyptus!
How to consume Eucalyptus Leaves
Eucalyptus oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and can be used for multiple purposes. A diffusion from the dried leaves also makes for a rejuvenating tea that remedies the respiratory system and calms the nerves.