Eucalyptus - Eucalipto
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This group consists of more than 400, quick-growing, tender, evergreen trees and some shrubs native to Tasmania and Australia. These unique trees can grow to gigantic proportions; some species can reach heights over 400 feet in their native habitats and up to 200 feet in California.
Eucalyptus Trees, also popularly known as Gum trees because some species exude a gum, are fragrant and normally pest-resistant. These trees have leathery, smooth, lance-shaped leaves, which have a more rounded shape when young. Their puffball-like flowers may be red or orange and are very attractive to bees. They have no petals, but instead, numerous stamens arising from a capsule-like calyx, which give them their fluffy appearance.
The attractive, colorful bark of the stems and trunks of the Eucalyptus may be dappled in gray, green, russet, or cream and may peel in sheets. Besides the decorative qualities of the trees, Eucalyptus are valued for their timber, the important oils of the leaves and shoots, tannin, which is taken from the bark of some varieties, and a resinous substance known as kino.
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Properties of Eucalyptus Used by Aztec's
Aztec Method of Use
For Diseases of the Respiratory Track: Drink 3 cups a day of the boiled mixture of 30 grams of leaves to 1 liter of water, it is also recommended to inhale the steam from a wide mouth container with the leaves inside it.
To Cure Diabetes : Drink 3 cups a day for 1 week of the infusion of 4 leaves to 1 liter of water.
For Coughs: Drink 1 cup before bed of the mixture of 20 eucalyptus leaves, 10 grams of cinnamon and 30 leaves of purple bougainvillea to 1/2 liter of water; let warm then sweeten with bee honey.
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