How To Make The Most Out of Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is a versatile plant widely used for its medicinal and aromatic qualities. Eucalyptus is used fresh, preserved, added to a shower, or turned into essential oils. These ornamental branches have a delicious scent and have powerful healing qualities. Bring the spa to your home and amplify the aromatics of your space.
What is Eucalyptus:
Originally a native Australian plant, Eucalyptus is most well known as being the favourite food of the Koala Bears. Eucalyptus has a distinct, fresh menthol fragrance that is commonly used for home remedies or in spa’s as essential oils, found in soaps, hair wash, creams and more. The most common are Eucalyptus E. cinerea (silver dollar), as well as E. globulus (globe eucalyptus), and E. gunnii (cider gum.
Benefits of Using Eucalyptus:
Freshens the Air: Keeping fresh Eucalyptus in your home has shown in research to be a great natural decongestant, keeping the air smelling fresh.
Stress Reduction: Eucalyptus has been proven to reduce stress, decrease anxiety and have an overwhelming calming effect.
Pain Relief: Eucalyptus oil can be used to help reduce the sensation of pain, lowering your blood pressure.
Respiratory Health: Inhaling these compounds can provide relief for respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis or colds.
Sinusitis: If you are feeling a cold coming on or irritating sinuses these stems can decrease mucus in your lungs, relieving cold symptoms like cough, congestion, headaches and inflammation. Using Nootka and Sea Eucalyptus Immune Mist is a great way to relieve colds, calm and soothe your environment. Spray on your pillow, in the air or on your body.
High Antioxidants: Dried eucalyptus leaves are high in antioxidants and are a great source of flavonoids for adults. Steep the dried leaves into a tea, don’t consume the oil as it is toxic to consume. Benefits can include protection against certain cancers, heart disease and dementia.
Natural Insect Repellent: Using some Eucalyptus oil add a bit of water and lemon and use in a spray bottle for a natural repellent.
Treat Dry Skin: Eucalyptus increases ceramide levels when used on the body. Ceramide helps create more moisture, holds water in skin and creates skin protective barrier. Use Nootka and Sea Eucalyptus Hand Lotion to help decrease dryness, scaleiness and itchiness. The hand location is enriched with hydrating, certified organic oils of argan, sunflower, & pumpkin seeds to moisten & protect skin, leaving it soft, smooth & deeply hydrated
Reduce Pain: For some people inhaling eucalyptus oil mixed in almond oil for 30 minutes daily has been proven to improve pain tolerance and help balance high pressured levels.
Keep Teeth Healthy: Eucalyptus leaves can be used on teeth to help lower levels of bacteria and help avoid cavities and gum disease.
Hang your fresh eucalyptus upside down in your home to use as an air freshener. Fresh Eucalyptus Bundles can be found at Nootka and The Sea’s branches and last between 2-4 weeks.
Showers help activate the Fresh Eucalyptus oil compound. Hanging Eucalyptus in your shower can help release these compounds in the air allowing you to breathe in the aromatic properties.
How to Hang Eucalyptus in the Shower
- Seperate your bundle and take between 4-12 small branches.
- Cut the ends and remove any leaves at the end.
- Tie the stems together with twine, rubber bands or rope.
- Loop rope around the back of the shower head so there is no direct water flow on the leaves.
- Replace your bouquet every 3 weeks or until the smell has gone.
If you are wanting to keep your Eucalyptus for longer, preserving your branches is the way to go. Preserved Eucalyptus leaves will look fresh for months to years. Preserving your Eucalyptus is simple. All you will need is Fresh Eucalyptus, Vegetable Glycerin, water, scissors and a large jar or vase.
Step 1: Pour two parts water, one part Vegetable Glycerin into a pot. Boil water and then combine glycerine, stirring until dissolved. Now put the water mixture to the side and let it cool off
Step 2: Take your Eucalyptus branches and trim the bottoms of the branches.
Step 3: Add water mixture into vase/jar and spread out Eucalyptus branches in the water
Step 4: Store in a cool, dry spot away from any direct sunlight.
Step 5: Check on your Eucalyptus every couple weeks, if you see the water has turned brown you can change it out. Within 3-6 weeks you will notice the leaves getting smooth, darker and soft.
Eucalyptus leaves can be dried by hanging the stems upside down in small bunches. Air dry the leaves until the leaves have turned hard and crispy. Once dry, pick off the leaves and place them in a glass jar with a tight seal lid. Spray your Eucalyptus with oil or water to amplify the smell.
How To Use Your Dried Eucalyptus Leaves:
You can pick up Dried Eucalyptus Bundles in store at Nootka and Sea and use in multiple ways including;
- Create a dried flower bouquet
- Put in a jar or vase
- DIY Eucalyptus wreath
- Create a table garland
- DIY wall hanging.
- Eucalyptus Willow Bath Salts: Turn your preserved leaves into bath salts.
- Use in a tea
Fresh Eucalyptus leaves can be brewed into tea. Take 227g of fresh leaves and add to a jar with some vodka. Seal the jar and leave it for a few weeks. Make sure to shake the bottle often. After 2 weeks drain the leaves and strain them. Add the leaves in a sealed jar to cool and dry out. Then use the dried leaves in a tea.
Eucalyptus as an oil has a range of beneficial uses; from medical, to odcorus, cosmetic. Use the Nootka and Sea Eucalyptus 100% pure Essential Oil to your diffuser, in tea, as a topical, in gum. Using Eucalyptus as an essential oil can be purifying, cleansing and immune boosting.
Eucalyptus and Pets:
Eucalyptus is a powerful plant that holds toxic qualities for pets like cats, dogs, and horses. The plant oils, Eucalyptol, can irritate the gastrointestinal system for your pet causing many issues. Be conscious of using aromatherapy if there are pets in your home. If you use Eucalyptus in your bathroom and close the door after.
Nookta Eucalyptus Based Products:
Fresh Eucalyptus Bundles can be found at Nootka and The Sea’s branches and last between 2-4 weeks.
Eucalyptus Willow Bath Salts: Pour these salts into your bath and get ready to soak in a botanical blend of aromatic stillness.
Essential Oil: 100% pure Eucalyptus essential oil to your diffuser, in tea, as a topical, in gum,
Eucalyptus Immune Mist: This pillow spray has cold relief, calming and soothing qualities
Eucalyptus Hand Lotion: Enriched with hydrating, certified organic oils of argan, sunflower, & pumpkin seeds to moisten & protect skin, leaving it soft, smooth & deeply hydrated