Eucalyptus tea originates from the leaves of the Australian eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) tree. The tree can be found in different varieties but the one used for the preparation of eucalyptus tea and eucalyptus oil is commonly called the blue gum tree or the Australian fever tree. The tea is often used to treat symptoms of colds or flu viruses and can be combined with other teas as a soothing tonic. Eucalyptus tea is made by crushing leaves from the tree, not from the oil that is extracted from the leaves hence why it is sometimes called eucalyptus leaves tea. The tea is a pale green colour with a strong fresh woody or pine-like scent. The unique freshness of eucalyptus has also been used in many lip balms and skin creams.
eucalyptus leaves tea can be prepared at home or purchased as a tea bag. To prepare at home you will need to add one dried crushed eucalyptus leaf (about a teaspoon) to the bottom of an 250ml teacup. Then you will need to bring water to a boil and pour 200ml of water over the tea leaves. Allow to settle for as long as desired and strain any loose leaves from the cup before drinking. You may want to add honey for a sweeten taste and help aid with a sore throat. Alternatively the tea can be blended with peppermint or chamomile (manzanilla) to increase its soothing properties . Unlike traditional teas such as black tea or green tea Eucalyptus tea is not made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant so does not contain any caffeine.