EUCALYPTUS

EUCALYPTUS: “The Australian Flu Remedy”

Cockroach Repellent, Colds, Flu, Wound Treatment for Minor Cuts and Spurs

Also Known As: Australian Fever Tree, Blue Gum and Gum Tree

HISTORY:

If you’ve used Vicks VapoRub, Listerine mouth wash, Dristan Decongestant or Sine Off, you have experienced the refreshing scent of eucalyptus. It has been used on urinary catheters as an antiseptic in 19th century British hospitals. 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 herbal bath, wrap a handful of leaves in a cloth. Run bath water over the cloth and enjoy!

  • Cuts:

After thoroughly washing cuts and scrapes with soap and water. Afterwards, rub a drop or two of eucalyptus oil into the cut or scrape.

  • Inhalant:

Boil a handful of leaves or add a few drops of oil in water and inhale.

  • Infusion:

To treat a flu and colds, 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.

Plant samplings of the eucalyptus herb from a nursery. The temperature should not be below freezing. Use loamy soil. Water daily, but if the leaves begin to blister, cut back on watering. Eucalyptus trees grow rapidly, up to 5 feet shrubs with an enormous girth.

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.

SAFETY:

Eucalyptus is an approved Food Drug Administration approved cold and flu remedy herb.