Eucalyptus oil is distilled from the leaf of Eucalyptus. About seventy five percent of this world trade is done through china but it's not real Eucalyptus oil it is actually a derivation of camphor oil. South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Swaziland etc. are other countries which produce real Eucalyptus oil.
If we see according to the climatic condition in that case Australia provides all most all the conditions to grow Eucalyptus, still it is cultivated in so many parts of the world.
It is evident from the history that it was popular oil worldwide. Ancient generations used it in pharmaceutical, flavoring components, repellents and antiseptics.
Eucalyptus leaf is distilled to get the essential oil from the leaf, for these three methodologies are used:
Some Eucalyptus trees are grown for their timber purpose, so when they are felled their leaves depart from them which are recovered to extract oil from the leaves.
Some trees which are only made to grow for extracting oil from the leaves for them coppicing system is used, these plants then are grown for not more than twenty months and later are cut.
According to the last method, which is used merely in Australia, which is called harvesting of natural stand, forage harvester is used to extract oil from blue and green species as they coppice easily even after cutting repeatedly, claiming that there is no loss of vigor by the passage of time.
If someone is suffering from bronchitis, influenza, cough and cold, then he is knowingly and unknowingly swallowing the oil as it is an important component in pharmaceutical to relieve the symptoms of both.
Ointments and inhalants are also made by use of eucalyptus oil, as it can be used as antibacterial.
It strengthens our immune system too.
It is most popularly used in hygiene products like dental care, soaps etc.
It also de-infects the injured part so can be used for wound or injury.
Most of the insect repellent is incomplete without it.
It is used in so many baked goods, confectionery items, and meat items for flavoring them but it is used only 0.02%, excessive use can spoil the taste.
Physico Chemical Properties:
Botanical Name Eucalyptus globus Family Name Myrtaceae Odor and Taste Aromatic, camphoric, pungent, minty Part used leaf Specific Gravity @ 25 Deg. C 0.870 to 0.912 Optical Rotation @ 25 Deg. C +8.00 ° - +16.00 ° Refractive Index 1.457 - 1.467 Blends Well With Alcohol, ether and mint Uses This oil is used to strengthen the immune system, medicine congestion relief. This oil is vitally used in many insect repellents