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Useful Eucalyptus

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By Georgia

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Potpourri

 

The strong, fresh scent can be enjoyed throughout the house if you make your own eucalyptus potpourri. It’s not as difficult as it sounds, and you can make it totally your own by adding in whatever flowers you choose. I like to stick to Eucalyptus but mix in some complimentary essential oils that really accentuate the aroma.

You’re going to want to start by preheating your oven to 90 degrees Celsius. While its warming up, gather your eucalyptus leaves and pop them in a large bowl. Grab your chosen essential oils and pour a generous amount all over your leaves, I like to go with lemon oil alone because it is just so fresh. I also like to add in some lemon and orange slices, dried berries, pinecones, and dried greenery, it all to adds to the scent and looks extra pretty.

Mix everything together and sprinkle the contents of the bowl onto a sheet of grease proof paper, on a baking tray. Bake for two hours and then check to see if the leaves feel brittle and hard- they should.

Any add ins, like the fruit, must be completely dry so not to cause the potpourri to mould. Once everything is dry, take it out of the oven and leave to cool. At this stage, you can add a fixative if you like.

A lot of people like to use Orris root because it has a sweet smell and helps the potpourri to keep its scent for weeks. I tend to add another 15 more drops of essential oil too, I can’t get enough! All that’s left to do is choose a pretty bowl and a spot to display your homemade potpourri.


Eucalyptus Leaf Tea

 
 

Eucalyptus Oil

 

I could go on forever about all the crazy things you can do with useful eucalyptus, so we’ll wrap it up there. Those are some of my easy-to-do favourites. If you try any of them tag us in your pictures because we would love to see.

Happy pruning Haylofters!

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