Botanical name Eucalyptus polybractea
Source Woods and Leaves
Processing Method Steam Distillation
Color/Consistency A thin, clear, colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma A top note with a strong aroma, Eucalyptus Blue Mallee has a fresh, camphoraceous aroma with a faint peppermint undertone.
Blends With Basil, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Citronella, Lavender, Lemon, Myrtle, Frankincense, Spearmint and Tea Tree.
Eucalyptus actually refers to a large genus of flowering trees that has over 700 different species, most of which are located in Australia and New Zealand, although some of the more widespread species can be found throughout Southeast Asia. Most of its species range from the size of a small shrub to a medium-sized flowering tree, but all species have leaves that are covered in oil glands, from which the majority of the health benefits are derived.
California. In the 1850s, Eucalyptus trees were introduced to California by Australians during the California Gold Rush. Much of California has a similar climate to parts of Australia. By the early 1900s, thousands of acres of eucalypts were planted with the encouragement of the state government. It was hoped that they would provide a renewable source of timber for construction, furniture making and railroad ties. It was soon found that for the latter purpose eucalyptus was particularly unsuitable, as the ties made from eucalyptus had a tendency to twist while drying, and the dried ties were so tough that it was nearly impossible to hammer rail spikes into them.
Eucalyptus essential oil is readily Steam Distillation from the leaves and can be used for cleaning and as an industrial solvent, as an antiseptic, for deodorising, and in very small quantities in food supplements, especially sweets, cough drops,toothpaste and decongestants. It has insect repellent properties (Jahn 1991 a, b; 1992), and is an active ingredient in some commercial mosquito repellents. Eucalyptus globulus is the principal source of eucalyptus oil worldwide.
As mentioned above, Eucalyptus Essential oil is extremely potent and is actually poisonous in its undiluted form, particularly for young children. Always consult a medical professional before adding it in any form to your diet in a substantial way and monitor your body’s reactions. The powerful effects of eucalyptus can be intense and are not recommended for everyone.
Hazards None known.
Contraindications None known.