June: EUCALYPTUS TEA AND ORANGE SMOOTHIE
Illustration: Rainbow Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus deglupta, or rainbow eucalyptus/Mindanao gum, is a tree native to the Philippines, and its colorful trunk only shows how truly magical this tree is. Eucalyptus tea is a traditional remedy for cough and asthma.
It has a slight menthol taste, and it is also known to help alleviate stress, but it must be consumed in very small amounts.
- Eucalyptus leaves
- 1 cup of Water
- 2 fresh Oranges
- 1 cup Ice
- 2 Tbsp Milk
- 1 Tbsp Sweetener or Honey
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Steam the leaves for 30 seconds. This allows the leaves to soften up.
- Place the leaves in the freezer to rapidly cool them.
- Dry the leaves, then roll and twist each one.
- Once completely dry, grind the leaves, and place them in a sealed bag.
- To make a cup of eucalyptus tea, take about 1/4 tsp of dried leaves and infuse it in 1 cup of hot water.
- Before adding it to your smoothies, let it cool. Alternatively, you can place it in an ice tray to make tea ice cubes.
- To make the smoothie, combine peeled fresh oranges, ice, eucalyptus tea ice, milk, sweetener, and vanilla extract, and blend until smooth.