Eucalyptus is remarkable for its value in several arenas. Because it grows so rapidly, it’s a sought after source of wood; the oil from Eucalyptus is valued for its natural insecticide qualities, and is often incorporated into cleansers and bug repellents; as an essential oil, it is prized for its antimicrobial qualities. If you are not yet aware, you should know that Eucalyptus is famous for its ability to help when you have a cold, and is incorporated into many health products meant to clear the nasal passages, and sooth bronchial tubes that may be clogged. In a cup of eucalyptus tea, you will find its chief constituent, eucalyptol, the source of its spicy-yet-cooling flavor. It also contains a number of other constituents, including flavonoids, quercetin, and tannins. Many of these elements also act as antioxidants, making eucalyptus tea a natural source of antioxidants.
Directions: Buddha Teas Eucalyptus Leaf Tea needs a good boil and a not-too-long but long-enough steep, say 2-5 minutes. Best to drink immediately; this tea works best on the throat when had nice and warm. As well, it can tend to morph into slightly bitter if left sitting in your cup too long. A squeeze of lemon for an extra splash of cold-remedying wonder is a great option when you’re feeling a bit under the weather. We like to cover our cups while steeping as well.