EUCALYPTUS

EUCALYPTUS:

Also Known As: Australian Fever Tree and Blue GumĀ 

 

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HISTORY:

The roots hold a large amount of water, so much that Australian aborigines chewed them for water in the dry out back and drank leaf tea for fevers.

PREPARATION:

  • Bath:

For a refreshing bath, wrap a handful of leaves in a cloth. Run the water over the cloth and enjoy.

  • Infusion:

Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of crushed, dried leaves per cup of boiling water. May drink up to 2 cups daily. Steep for 10 minutes. If using oil to make an infusion, use no more than 1 or 2 drops.

Make sure you have enough clear ground for planting. Horticulturists discourage planting eucalyptus because roots can break up water and sewage lines, buckle sidewalks and in high winds, limbs can break off causing property damage.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Eucalyptus grows very rapid in poor soil. It is best to have cold or chilled seeds for the germination process. For cold seeds, mix 1 teaspoon of seeds with 2 to 3 tablespoons of filler such as sand, vermiculite or perlite. Dampen the mixture and place in the refrigerator for about 4 to 6 weeks. Afterwards, sow the seeds using the filler.

Start sowing the seeds in late spring. Use flats of soil that is pasteurized. Plant and place seeds in a shady area and covered with white plastic. Once seeds are matured, transplant plants in garden rows. Eucalyptus tree seeds can also be directly sowed in a container in which the plant will continue to grow.