Eucalyptus Blue Gum Essential Oil
Blue Gum Eucalyptus Essential Oil - sourced from Essentially Australia
INCI name: Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil
County of Origin: Australia
Production method: Steam distilled from the leaves of the tree.
Use: A strong, powerful, clearing oil that is useful for clearing lungs and respiratory system. It's also very anti-microbial so a useful oil to use in a sick room in a burner or diffuser.
Scent: A typical fresh, menthol, Eucalyptus aroma.
Chemistry: Main constituent include 1,8 cineole, alpha-pinene, limonene, globulol, aromadendrene, alpha-terpineol.
Cautions: External use only, dilute in carrier oil before use on skin.
Other Common Names: Tasmanian Blue Gum, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus globulus essential oil, Eucalyptus oil
Natural Occurrence in Australia: Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) is an extremely tall forest tree, found in the south east corner of Tasmania near Hobart, it is also naturally found just on the very outer south east regions just out of Melbourne. In its optimal situation this Eucalypt can reach up to 70 metres in height.
History of Blue Gum Eucalyptus
Traditional Usage: This species of Eucalypt was believed to be also used by the indigenous Tasmanian people in same way as most of the recognised Eucalypts, for cuts, colds, infections. Also it is believed leaves were burnt to repel insects.
Early European Usage: Early settlers took advantage of the tree leaves for colds, coughs, flu, as well as the leaves were burnt in fires to repel insects. Blue Gum timber was used for poles and railway sleepers. In the 1860’s a Melbourne Archbishop took Blue Gum seed to Rome, where the fast growing trees were grown to drain swampy regions and as a result serious malaria problems were removed.
Present Day Usage: Blue Gum became the floral emblem of Tasmania in 1962.
The Blue Gum tree is a fast growing Eucalypt. In the 1990’s financial markets in Australia became attracted to management investment schemes for Blue Gum. Millions of dollars and tens of millions of trees were planted for the purpose of a renewable paper and pulp supply.
The schemes failed as timber from old growth forests were too cheap to source in comparison to the plantations. The plantations can be seen in Victoria, extensively in south west Western Australia, Tasmania and on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
It has been also planted in large plantations overseas, including countries like Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, southern Africa, USA (where it is now considered a weed in California).
Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus is the primary source of Eucalyptus oil around the world.