Some species of eucalyptus grow up to 135 metres and are among the tallest trees in the world. The trees are also deep rooted and grow incredibly fast, formally a fairly strong wood that is resilient to rot. Some species of eucalyptus yield a gum.
Background: It was introduced to Europe and the rest of the world from Australia in 1857. The trees are usually planted in swampy areas to prevent the spread of malaria. However, when grown outside of Australia it tends to secrete substances that inhibit the growth of surrounding plants.
Properties: Antiseptic, mildly astringent, analgesic, antiviral and bactericidal.
Respiratory System-An extremely effective remedy for reducing body temperature in all types of fever. Valuable as a decongestant for catarrh in most respiratory tract infections including colds, influenza, sinusitis and throat infections.
Skeletal System-Beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis and helps to remove toxins in the joints.
Skin- Good for skin eruptions, shingles, herpes, ulcers and burns.
Extraction Steam distilled from the leaves.
Colour and Odour The essential oil is colourless and has a distinct, crisp, camphoraceous odour that is penetrating and refreshing.
GENERAL RULES FOR MIXING YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS.
A 10ml bottle of essential oil will give you approx. 200 drops, when blending essential oils the dilution should be 2%.
10ml Base Oil
50ml Base Oil =
5 drops of essential oil
25 drops of essential oil