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  • Eucalyptus oil is the generic name for distilled oil from the leaf of Eucalyptus, a genus of the plant family Myrtaceae
    native to Australia and cultivated worldwide.
  • Eucalyptus oil has a history of wide application, as a pharmaceutical, antiseptic, repellent, flavouring, fragrance and
    industrial uses.
  • The leaves of selected Eucalyptus species are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil. 
  • The chief chemical components of eucalyptus oils are a-pinene, b-pinene, a-phellandrene, aromadendrene, 1, 8-cineole, globulol, limonene, piperitone,terpinen-4-ol and epiglobulol.


  • Today, eucalyptus is commonly used in remedies to treat coughs and the common cold. It can be found in many lozenges, cough syrups, rubs, and vapor baths throughout the United States and Europe. Herbalists recommend the use of fresh leaves in teas and gargles to soothe sore throats and treat bronchitis and sinusitis.
  • Ointments containing eucalyptus leaves are also applied to the nose and chest to relieve congestion. Eucalyptus oil helps loosen phlegm, so many health care providers recommend inhaling eucalyptus vapors to help treat bronchitis, coughs, and the flu.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections due to its germicidal properties.
  • On the skin, eucalyptus oil has been used to treat arthritis, boils, sores and wounds. The oil can also be rubbed on the skin as an insect repellent.
  • The health benefits of eucalyptus oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal properties.


  • Next to citrus oil, Eucalyptus is the second biggest essential oil produced in South Africa. It accounts for approximately 5% of the world’s supply, competing with the likes of China and Australia.
  • World production and trade in eucalyptus oils is dominated by the People's Republic of China, which is the largest producer of both cineole-rich medicinal oils (about 70 percent of world output and trade) and perfumery oil (from E. citriodora).
  • Eucalyptus oil has been demonstrated to have potential as a fuel component, and when used as an additive in ethanol-gasoline fuel blends (’gasohol’) prevents phase separation in the presence of water. This is another potentially large application, likely to attract interest after world petroleum production peaks, which is predicted to occur in this first decade of the twenty-first century.

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