Botanical:Eucalyptus obliqua (Greek eu, meaning well, and kalyptos, meaning cover)
Plant Portion:Leaves/Tips of Branches
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Origin: Australia, Brazil, Tasmania, Portugal, China, California, Russia, Spain, South Africa, and India.
Description: Eucalyptus is a tree that excretes a sticky, gummy like substance which is referred to as kino. Fever tree is another name commonly used for the Eucalyptus tree, first used by 19th British colonists. It was referred to as this due to its aroma which has a medicinal quality to it. Fresh leaves are used in the distillation process.
Historical Uses: Eucalyptus is known to be used for such things as cleaning and as an insecticide. In fact, in some cases Eucalyptus has even been known to reduce the risks of Malaria by using it in swamps that have been drained. Today it also has aromatherapy properties and is used in such products as cough drops, and chest rubs.
History: Although probably appearing long before Eucalyptus was first documented in 1770. Since then it has been discovered that over 700 species of Eucalyptus exist. A good portion of the species' call Australia there native home. It was not until the 1850's that the tree was introduced by Australians to California and even longer before it was introduced to many of the other areas where the tree thrives.
Mixes With:Lemon, Lavender, Spearmint, Petitgrain