The Benefits of the Eucalyptus Plant
The eucalyptus plant is a flowering tree that hails from the land down under—Australia, that is. People have been using eucalyptus for hundreds of years and for many purposes. Common uses include natural cleaning products, insecticide, and a medicinal treatment for a wide range of conditions. We are going to talk about a few of the benefits of growing one’s own eucalyptus plant and instructions on how to grow this great plant.
The Benefits of Eucalyptus
As mentioned earlier, the eucalyptus plant has been used for many years for various purposes. The most coveted part of this plant is the oil which can be obtained from the leaves of the plant. This oil is extracted through a process called “steam distillation”. Via this process, it takes about 55 pounds of tree to make one pound of eucalyptus oil. The main ingredient of this oil, eucalyptol, is an excellent germ-fighting element which makes it brilliant for fighting germs in both the air and on surfaces. This oil can be added to a humidifier to cleanse and purify the air. If one doesn’t have a humidifier, they can simply bring a pot of water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a boil. The water can then be poured into a large bowl and placed into the desired room. In no time at all the cleansing scent will signify that it is working.
Eucalyptus is also a common element in inhalers and liquid medicines to treat chest infections, colds, flu, lung infections, and even sore throats. Many brands of cough drops include eucalyptus to provide a cooling and soothing sensation to the sensitive tissues of the throat. Salves can be made with eucalyptus to be placed on small wounds such as cuts, scratches, and burns. Eucalyptus oil can be rubbed onto the chest to relieve respiratory issues such as asthma or congestion and is especially soothing because the smell can drift up to the nostrils and clear a stuffy nose or sinus trouble. The leaves can also be put into a cheesecloth pouch and placed in one’s bath for a refreshing and antibacterial soak.
Growing a Eucalyptus Plant
There are hundreds of different types of eucalyptus plants. Deciding on which one to plant is probably the most difficult part of planting a eucalyptus tree. The best way to narrow down the candidates is to weed through them based on whether they will grow in a certain area of the country/world. In the United States, one can use the USDA guide to simplify the search. Local garden nurseries can help one choose the best plant for their yard, or a quick search on the internet can yield plenty of results which can be further sorted using specific search keywords.
After finding a variety that is suitable for one’s climate, the next step is to germinate the seeds. The seeds should be placed in a seed tray until a sprout develops. The sprout must then be transferred to a four-inch pot to gain strength before being transferred to its final home (either in a large indoor pot or outside in the earth). After the sprout has grown to a height of about two and a half to three inches, it can then be transplanted into its final home.
Eucalyptus trees aren’t very picky when it comes to the type of soil they grow in. They do, however, need lots of sunlight and plenty of room to grow. If these trees are allowed to grow unhindered, they can grow as large as 200 feet tall. Therefore, the area in which the tree is planted in should have sufficient room for growth. The tree should be watered as soon as it has been transplanted. While the tree is still young and trying to establish its root system, the soil should not be allowed to dry out. After the tree strengthens, little care is needed to keep it healthy.