If you've ever been gifted a bouquet of fresh eucalyptus, or if you have some growing in your garden, you may be wondering what to do with it. This fragrant herb has many uses, both culinary and non-culinary. In this blog post, we will share 10 ideas for what to do with fresh eucalyptus. From making tea to hanging it in the shower, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this versatile herb!
To make the most of your fresh eucalyptus, it is important to know what this herb is and what benefits it can offer. Fresh eucalyptus is an aromatic herb that belongs to the family Myrtaceae. The most common type of eucalyptus is Eucalyptus globulus, which is native to Australia. This tree has long been used for its medicinal properties and its oil is commonly used in aromatherapy. Eucalyptus oil has a refreshing, camphoraceous scent that can help to clear the sinuses and ease respiratory congestion.
There are many ways to enjoy fresh eucalyptus. Here are 10 ideas for what to do with this versatile herb:
Make eucalyptus tea: The eucalyptus tea remedy is a tried and true method for soothing your body's systems. Simply steep some fresh leaves in hot water, then drink up! It will help relieve cold or flu symptoms so you can feel better faster than ever before - without any medicine necessary.
Hang in shower: Eucalyptus is a natural shower essential that will keep you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Hang some fresh eucalyptuses in your bathroom, especially if it's small but also consider putting one on each of its walls or near any window where they can breathe out all their delicious aroma while providing an invigorating scent for everyone who enters!
Extract eucalyptus essential oils: Extracting the aromatic eucalyptus oil from fresh leaves is a quick and easy process with many uses. This healing herb can be used in aromatherapy, DIY cleaning products or as an ingredient for natural remedy recipes to cleanse your home! To extract essential oils from fresh eucalyptus, simply simmer the leaves in water for a few minutes, then strain and collect the oil.
Put eucalyptus branches in a vase: A simple but elegant way to enjoy fresh eucalyptus is to put it in a vase. This makes for beautiful decoration in any room - no matter what the season! If you have dried eucalyptus on hand, you can add it to the vase as well for an extra burst of fragrance.
Dry for potpourri: Hang your fresh eucalyptus upside down in a dark, dry place to allow the leaves enough time for air-drying. Once they are thoroughly dried out and can easily break apart when crushed between two fingers or torn with bare hands - then it's ready! You'll be able use these wilted greens as part of homemade potpourri that will fill any room with their refreshing scent (and maybe even make those sniffles go away).
Make an infusion: There are endless ways to use eucalyptus leaves. You can infuse olive oil or vinegar with the fresh, flavorful herbs and then drizzle it over your favorite dishes for an added boost in flavor!
Add to bath: The eucalyptus leaves will help to make your bathtub feel more refreshing and clean. Add them before you get in so they have time to infuse all over, then enjoy!
Make a compress: The eucalyptus plant is a common remedy for colds and congestion. Soak clean cloth in the infusion, then apply it directly on your chest or back to help ease that hacking cough!
Inhale steam: If you're suffering from sinus congestion, try boiling a pot of water and adding fresh eucalyptus leaves. Place your head over the steaming brew for about 10 minutes to help clear up those stuffy noses!
Make syrup: Combine eucalyptus leaves and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened to form a syrup. This can be used to flavor cocktails or desserts.
Eucalyptus is a versatile herb that can be enjoyed in so many different ways. We hope you found this article helpful! What's your favorite way to use it? Let us know by leaving feedback in the comments below.
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