Eucalyptus Blue Gum

Eucalyptus globulus

Eucalyptus globulus is the primary source of Eucalyptus oil around the world.

Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) belongs to the Myrtaceae family, an evergreen tree native to Australia. The natural distribution of the species includes Tasmania and southern Victoria. They typically grow from 30–55 m (98–180 ft) tall.

The leaves are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil - one of the world’s most familiar essential oils and is the best known and most used of all eucalyptus oils with its refreshing and distinct aroma.

As well as our popular Australian sourced oil, Eucalyptus globulus is also available sourced from China and single distilled from India.

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Traditionally, Eucalyptus species have been used for supporting a healthy respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise.

Eucalyptus globulus has a fresh, penetrating scent. It contains a very high percentage of the constituent eucalyptol (1,8-cineol) – at 60-75%.

The eucalyptol found in the oil is responsible for many of the health benefits of the plant. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be very helpful in the treatment of upper and lower airways diseases, such as asthma.

The plant also contains tannins and phenolic compounds, ingredients used extensively in disinfectants.

It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral propertieso

The essential oil is a popular decongestant remedy for upper respiratory infections and inflammatory infections, such as bronchitis. In these instances it is used as an inhalant, where it reaches the lungs and bronchioles to help soothe congestion and chest infections.

Its properties also soothe muscular aches after exercise.

Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus is the primary source of Eucalyptus oil around the world.

Typical Main Chemical Constituents of Eucalyptus Blue Gum Essential Oil

1,8 cineole      65-80%
alpha-pinene      10-30%
limonene      3-5%
para-cymene      0.1-1.5%
alpha-terpineol      0.5-1.5%
globulol      1.0-6%
aromadendrene      0.5-4%

Relative Density @ 20°C: 0.900-0.935
Refractive Index @ 20°C: 1.459-1.465
Optical Rotation @ 20°C: +2 – +10

 

Eucalyptus species have been used traditionally for supporting a healthy respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise.

It is often used in diffusers, burners and inhalants for its fresh, stimulating aroma as well as its antiseptic and decongestive properties and is a powerful odour eliminator. It is used in massage blends to soothe muscles after use.

It is great in household cleaning products and is useful in removing stains and sticky residues and grease marks from clothing.

It also makes a highly effective insect repellent.