Happy Autumn, everybody! Autumn is a time of year that both thrills and terrifies me. On the one hand, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful season (my favorite of them all), is the perfect weather for camping, hiking and being out of doors — and of course, is just the beginning of a very long and very wonderful string of holidays.
Oh, right, the terrifying part. The chillier weather also signals the start of sinus, cold and flu season! If you’re anything like me you fall prey to these things all. the. time. For this reason, I am willing to try most remedies that promise healing and a hope for a less congested future.
I recently got knocked off my feet by a virus-turned-sinus infection and ran to the store to pick up some essentials when I decided to grab myself some eucalyptus leaves to brighten things up — you know, as one does. As I got a whiff of this potent flora I wondered how they would fare as a tea? Luckily, intuition served me right. Not only was my homemade eucalyptus tea delicious and easy to make it was also totally WORKING!!! To my delight, I also discovered it works great as an inhalant if you are suffering from those nasty dry and itchy symptoms.
The power of eucalyptus has not just been documented by yours truly but has scientific research to back it up. The plant has natural antibacterial properties and works as an expectorant to help reduce phlegm and mucus in the body (yayyy!) and can help cure bronchitis when it’s consumed as a supplement.
*NOTE: Before I tried this myself, I did plenty of research and like many other things found in nature, discovered that eucalyptus is potent and works best when diluted, dried and crushed or safely inhaled while in hot water. Please do not directly put this in or on you! Please. I beg.
HOMEMADE EUCALYPTUS TEA
- 1 leaf eucalyptus, torn in half
- Hot water
- Honey or agave nectar for sweetness
Tear the leaf in half, place in a pot or mug and pour boiling water over it. Let it steep for a few minutes (the longer it steeps the stronger the taste) and pour the water into a separate mug to drink. Be sure to strain the water so that you aren’t drinking or consuming the leaf!
Trying it? Got tips? Tricks? Science knowledge to drop on my head? Comment and let me know!