Questions about eucalyptus...
Posted 18 February 2007 - 07:17 PM
I'm wondering if it would be a good thing to save the sprigs and if so, how to do it?
Do I strip the leaves off or save the whole sprig?
Do I dry them in the dehydrator or just hang upside down in a cool room?
Once dried, if need be, then what do I use them for?
Any suggestions are welcome!
The sprigs look like this.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:52 PM
Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of trees (and a few shrubs), the members of which dominate the tree flora of Australia. There are more than 700 species of Eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, with a very small number found in adjacent parts of New Guinea and Indonesia and one as far north as the Philippines. Eucalyptus can be found in almost every part of the Australian continent, adapted to all of its climatic conditions; in fact, no other continent is so characterized by a single genus of tree as Australia is by eucalyptus. Many, but far from all, are known as gum trees; other names for various species include mallee, box, ironbark, stringybark, and ash.
Eucalyptus oil is readily steam distilled from the leaves and can be used for cleaning, deodorizing, and in very small quantities in food supplements; especially sweets, cough drops and decongestants. Eucalyptus oil has insect repellent properties (Jahn 1991 a, b; 1992), and is an active ingredient in some commercial mosquito repellents (Fradin & Day 2002).
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Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:54 PM
I don't, however, use them medicinally as often they are sprayed with chemicals to help them stay fresh looking longer, either by the florist or by the suppliers and sometimes even by the growers. It might be better to use known safe sources for medicinal purposes.
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