July 5, 2014
The appearance of eucalyptus leaves depends on whether the parent tree is juvenile or mature. Illustrated here is a set of leaves from a juvenile Blue Gum eucalyptus tree about 10 feet tall. Young leaves may grace trees over 30 ft. in height.
Tea made from young eucalyptus leaves has a slight yellow tint. The flavor of eucalyptus oil is most prevalent and they have a much brighter, spicier, and overall intense flavor. The tea has a camphoraceaous aroma.
The tea is made to soothe the sinuses or ease sore throats. Even though eucalyptus oil is poisonous, it is impossible to encounter a harmful dose by consumption of the tea alone.
The said eucalyptus tree was in a tightly planted nursery near Choachi in Colombia.
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