Aromatic Note: Top note
There are over 600 species of aromatic Eucalyptus trees and shrubs. They’re among the world’s fastest growing and tallest trees, growing up to 320 ft.
Eucalyptus trees are grown as ornamentals for their foliage and patterned bark, also as a source for lumber, and for their rich aromatic volatile oils.
Australia’s “blue forests” are so named for the haze produced by the tree’s essential oils, which mutes the surrounding scenery.
Synonyms: blue gum, Tasmanian blue gum
Origin: Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria, now planted all around the globe in temperate and semi-tropical areas
Parts Used: dried leaves
Aroma Description: camphoraceous, sometimes a peppermint-like aroma or lemon-scented, slightly peppery
Cosmetic Uses: Perfumery, aromatherapy; widely used in aftershaves, colognes, toothpastes, mouthwashes and insect repellants, etc.
Culinary Uses: none known; essential oil can be highly toxic if ingested.
Medicinal Attributes: a cooling, antibacterial, stimulant, decongestant, and expectorant herb that relaxes spasms, lowers fever and is used in inhalations, vapor rubs for mucus, bronchitis, sinusitis, colds and flu. It’s oil is used in liniments for bruises, sprains and muscular pains.
*Warning: Excess use can cause headaches, convulsions and delirium, even death.
Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled essential oils are available from many species. Subject to legal restrictions in many countries.