Eucalyptus

Origin

Eucalyptus trees, originally from Australia, are the tallest deciduous trees, with some species reaching nearly 500 feet. Their young, round, silvery blue-green leaves mature into long, deep-green, swordlike leaves that emit a characteristic camphoraceous odour. The name "eucalyptus" comes from the Greek word eukalyptos, meaning "covered" or "wrapped," due to the woody seed pods covering the budding blossoms. Eucalyptus oil, extracted from about fifty pounds of leaves to yield one pound of oil, has a refreshing, penetrating, and medicinal aroma. Eucalyptus thrives in Mediterranean-like climates and is cultivated in regions like Algeria, California, Egypt, India, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain.

Emotional Effects

Eucalyptus globulus is the most common species used in aromatherapy, known for its clear or pale-yellow oil. Other species like Eucalyptus citriodora, with a citrus-like aroma, and Eucalyptus dives, reminiscent of peppermint, also yield essential oils. Eucalyptus oil is widely used for its stimulating and refreshing properties, aiding in respiratory issues, clearing the mind, and boosting energy levels.

Principal Properties

Stimulant | Expectorant | Antiseptic

Aroma

Fresh | Penetrating | Camphor-like

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