Product: Eucalyptus Leaves
Latin Name: Eucalyptus globulus
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
Other Names: Tasmanian Blue Gum, Blue Gum, Blue Mallee, Eucalipto, Australian Fever Tree, Fieberbaumblatter, Gully Gum, Gum Tree, Stringy Bark Tree, Sugandhapatra, Nilgiri, Tailpama & Tailapatra.
Description: Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia and Tasmania, now found growing in North America; it can reach of height of 30-70 metres. The young leaves are opposite, ovate, cordate; or broadly lanceolate, 16cm in length and bluey-green in colour. Mature leaves are alternate, lanceolate, glossy green to dark green in colour and 20-30cm in length. The flowers grow from the leaf axils are solitary with many fine stamens and are white to creamy-white in colour and up to 5cm in diameter.
Brief History: Eucalyptus has been a traditional Australian aboriginal medicine for centuries, the aborigines called it ‘Kino’ they first used it to treat headaches, fevers and colds, then they began to use it as a poultice for festering wounds, inflammations and rheumatism. It wasn’t until the late 18th to early 19th century that eucalyptus and its benefits were first brought to Europe when a French botanist, for Jacques de Labillardière, collected specimens in Tasmania in 1799, when it first reached European shores it was known as ‘Sydney Peppermint’. Eucalyptus was first used as an antiseptic by surgeons in the early 19th century; it was used during operations and for cleaning rooms and equipment.
SUGGESTED USEThe leaves can be used to flavour lozenges and sweets for sore throats, they can also be used for their insect repellent properties in sachets and pot pourri, a decoction of the leaves can be added to hot water to clean surfaces and floors. The powdered leaf can be used as a natural insecticide in the garden. Leaves can also furnish a yellowy-brown dye which requires no mordant. Add the leaves to baths to help ease the systems of colds and flu. A decoction can be added to liniments and rubs for easing painful joints and gardening aches.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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