Eucalyptus has the highest known ‘cineole’ levels of any plant (80-95%) and this is probably why it can help drug-resistant strains of bacterial infections, like Tuberculosis. It is invaluable for colds and flu, sinus issues and respiratory problems in general. Put the essential oil in an air spritzer (see below) and clear the air of infection or use the leaves fresh or dried in herbal teas.
Interestingly, towards the end of the 19th-century eucalyptus oil was used in most hospitals in England to clean urinary catheters just as modern-day Australia still uses it to wash out surgical cavities.
To Make your own Air Spritzer
7mls Eucalyptus Oil
1tsp (5mls) castor oil
Using a little hot water, mix and shake hard then top up the 250mls with cold water.
Eucalyptus trees are quite commonly found in peoples gardens, older parks etc but owing to growing tall and fast, they are not now chosen for urban settings. But be warned; do not collect the leaves for tea in towns, as they act as a pollution ‘net’. So they are good for us to live around in order to offset pollution.
For blended Eucalyptus tea try our ‘Breath and Clear’.
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