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Eucalyptus tea: benefits, side effects and how to prepare

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Eucalyptus is a tree that can reach up to 90 meters in height, it has small flowers and capsule-shaped fruits, it is popularly known for helping fight various respiratory infections due to its expectorant and antimicrobial properties.

The leaves of this plant can be used to prepare tea, however, it is also possible to extract the essential oil from them, which can be used in vapors for inhalation.

The scientific name of eucalyptus is  Eucalyptus globulus Labill, and it can be bought in some supermarkets, municipal markets, natural products stores, and pharmacies since eucalyptus is also found in pre-made syrups and in sachets to prepare an infusion.

Although it is an excellent home remedy to treat respiratory diseases, the inhalation of eucalyptus leaves should not be used in children under 12 years of age, as it can cause allergies and shortness of breath.

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In addition, eucalyptus preparations should not be applied to the face of babies, and it is very important to consult a pediatrician in these cases.

What is it for

Eucalyptus is a plant widely used popularly for the treatment of influenza, colds, rhinitis, sinusitis, adenitis, tonsillitis, asthma, bronchitis, runny nose, pneumonia, tuberculosis, fever, intestinal parasites, acne, bad breath, and muscle pain, due to to its medicinal properties, which are:

Expectorant;

Anti-inflammatory;

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Decongestant;

Immunity stimulator;

Anthelmintic.

In addition, the essential oil of eucalyptus, extracted from the leaves, contains cineole that has soothing and antiseptic properties, is widely used in the treatment of bronchitis, and to eliminate phlegm from the airways. See other home remedies for bronchitis.

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How to use eucalyptus

The most used part of eucalyptus is the crushed leaf and it can be used in different ways, from inhalation to tea.

Tea:  you can take 1 cup 2 to 3 times a day;

Inhalation: place 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a bowl with 1 liter of boiling water and inhale the steam for a few minutes.

To get the most out of it, place a bath towel over your head and cover the bowl as well, so the steam will be trapped and as much steam can be inhaled to relieve symptoms.

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Topical use: massage in the desired places using 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil for 100 ml of mineral oil.

Eucalyptus leaves can also be found in combination with other medicinal plants in the form of tea bags or home remedies in health food stores. 

How to prepare eucalyptus tea

Eucalyptus tea is widely used to relieve symptoms of flu and colds, as well as helping to eliminate lung secretions accumulated during bronchitis.

Ingredients

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1 tablespoon of chopped eucalyptus leaves;

150 ml of water.

Preparation mode

To make the tea, it is necessary to add the chopped eucalyptus leaves in a cup and cover them with boiling water. Let it warm, strain, and take it 2 times a day.

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Eucalyptus side effects

The main side effects of eucalyptus are related to its overuse and include dermatitis, shortness of breath, and tachycardia. Some of the studies also report that they can cause drowsiness and hyperactivity.

Eucalyptus oil tincture can increase the action of the liver, reducing the effectiveness of some medications, therefore, if the person uses any medication daily, it is necessary to consult a doctor to find out whether or not they can use eucalyptus.

Contraindications

Eucalyptus is contraindicated in case of allergy to this plant, during pregnancy, and in people who have gallbladder problems and liver diseases.

Inhalations of the leaves of this plant should not be used in children under 12 years of age, as it can cause allergies and shortness of breath, and the tincture should only be used by adults, due to the high alcohol content.

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Likewise, eucalyptus preparations should not be applied to the face, especially to the nose of babies, as they can cause skin allergies.

According to some studies, eucalyptus essential oil can also stimulate the development of epileptic seizures and therefore should be used with caution in people suffering from epilepsy.

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