As you may have seen, we have a wonderful Eucalyptus Gunnii in our Christmas range. Designed to be the perfect little Christmas gift, it comes in a little white Tedi pot with a hand crafted, festive gift tag.
There is so much to love about this plant. Obviously, it is simply fantastic to look at, with its lush, rounded, juvenile foliage that appears silvery blue at first and then turns green as the tree ages, not to mention, the aromatic fragrance is simply to die for.
It’s very often cut and displayed inside the home around Christmas time because of its lovely silver tinge, but what a lot of people don’t know is that you can do so many fun and creative things with Eucalyptus.
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.
Most of us will try just about anything to get rid of a runny nose, and for me, the more natural the better! Well if you have a eucalyptus plant in your garden, you need to try Eucalyptus tea. It’s thought to be great at treating the symptoms of cold and flu.
The healing vapours, when inhaled, will open up your congested airways allow you to breathe happily. Just add a teaspoon of crushed eucalyptus leaves to your favourite mug, boil the kettle and let the water sit for a minute before pouring it into your mug.
Eucalyptus oil has been known to work wonders on the body due to its somewhat endless benefits. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and pain-relieving properties, contains a natural antiseptic and acts as a natural insect repellent.
To make the oil, all you have to do is put a large handful of fresh, washed eucalyptus leaves and one cup of extra virgin olive oil into a slow cooker or over a low heat for six hours. Let it cool, strain, and voila. Keep it in a cool dry place and be sure to never ingest it. When you want to rub it anywhere on the body, I recommend mixing it with a carrier oil like coconut or argan oil, it won’t lessen the effects, but it will make it last longer!
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.
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