Preserving eucalyptus is something I try to do for two reasons, because it is beautiful to admire and has many health benefits. In this post I’ll share different kinds of eucalyptus, how they grow, and how we preserved it for decor and culinary uses.
Drying Eucalyptus to Preserve
This year we preserved the eucalyptus we miraculously received through meeting a conference attendee.
Steps for Air Drying Eucalyptus
- Sort eucalyptus branches
- Measure a piece of string for the are where your eucalyptus will hang to dry horizontally
- Knot tie eucalyptus branches along the length of the string
- Tie ends of the string to wall pins
- Pin up both ends of the string to the wall
- Eucalyptus branches will air dry for a few weeks
- Test them for crispness every so often
- They are dried when they snap easily
Watch how we dried our eucalyptus
See a step by step tutorial of me creating the garland that we used to dry our eucalyptus branches here on Youtube.
Eucalyptus has long been a favourite for home decor because of its interestingly shaped leaves. Some round and hard like the True Blue variety, others round and soft like the Silver Dollar and Gum Drop varieties. There are also some with long and wavy leaves like the Willow kind. What a beautiful creation of varieties, and preserving eucalyptus for decor is a great way to keep benefitting from this plant.
Eucalyptus Wall Art
While the eucalyptus hung against our living room wall to dry, it make for some beautiful wall art. If you have a bare wall that could use a little greenery, typing the branches to a string and pinning it up with wall pins is a clever way to add wall art to any room.
We currently rent a one bedroom suite and don’t put up any permanent wall fixtures. While we could if we want to, we plan to stay simple so that there aren’t any major wall repairs when we move out someday.
Wall pins are great in such cases, because they only leave a tiny hole in the wall that is barely noticeable unless you stand directly infant of the wall. These holes would also be very easy to patch up before we move out.
The True Blue and Gum Drop varieties of the eucalyptus look stunning in a vase of flowers, or just on their own.
I’d imagine that the Willow variety would also look look beautifully laid flat on a table as a centre runner, or clipped the front of a bridal table.
Door Wreath for Christmas and All Year Round
With the eucalyptus hanging in our living room to dry for several weeks, it was ready to become a Christmas garland later in the year.
Our landlords trimmed their grape vines at the end of the summer season when they harvested their grapes, which left heaps of grape vines in their compost.
Now let me tell you, grape vines are the perfect natural material to use for creating a wreath base. The branches are supples and is easily shaped into a circle and can twist so that the branches knot themselves for the shape to hold.
The Willow Eucalyptus leaves naturally flow and elegantly wrap around the grape vines. This makes for simple and beautiful greenery to hang on the front door for Christmas or anytime of the year.
Watch the Tutorial of this Eucalyptus Garland
Look at the step by step tutorial of me making this eucalyptus garland on Youtube.
Medical Uses of Eucalyptus
Not only is eucalyptus beautiful for decor ideas, but it is also healthy to preserve for tea. There are many reports of the benefits of eucalyptus, including some of the benefits mentioned below.
Eucalyptus Tea Benefits
- Treats colic or fever in children
- Treats diarea
- Good for indigestion
- Helps nausea
- Soothes menstral cramps
- Aids inflammation
- Slows osteoporosis
- Treat cancer
Preserving eucalyptus for the times when your respiratory system is clogged because of a flue or cold can be a symptom soother. Inhaling eucalyptus can help to clear the respiratory tract in just a few minutes.
You could do this by setting up the following practice:
- Boil water in a kettle or on the stove
- Pour it into a bowl and crush eucalyptus leaves into the water
- Cover your head with a towel
- Inhale the eucalyptus scent through the hot water steam
Alternatively, you could use drops of eucalyptus essential oils in the hot water if you do not have any organic leaves. Just remember that the essential oils are highly concentrated and you just need a drop or two.
Watch how I set up our steam sessions
The video was posted to Youtube as “Cold Home Remedy | Steaming with Eucalyptus Oil | Eucalyptus Health Benefits & Eucalyptus Steam“
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