Most eucalyptus varieties are native to Australia and have been harvested there for centuries. The trees are a substantial part of the Australian ecosystem, comprising about 75% of its forests and sustaining wildlife. Koalas, in fact, can survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves alone. The trunks are used for firewood and construction, while the bark is harvested for paper-making. Upon discovering one species of eucalyptus, the British nicknamed it “Sydney peppermint” and adopted the uses recommended by the aborigines, including as an antiseptic, fever reducer, muscle relaxant, and for colic and diarrhea. Although native to Australia, it is also grown and harvested in other parts of the world including India.
Eucalyptus has a heroic reputation as a malaria deterrent. When the disease was spreading but not understood, locals in infected areas noticed that those living in proximity to eucalyptus trees were less likely to sicken than those that were not. Many thought malaria came from the air and that the oil-packed leaves and scent of the tree purified its surroundings. In time, scientists realized that eucalyptus trees rapidly absorb water in swamp-like conditions, eliminating mosquito habitats. Eucalyptus grove planting became a widespread tactic in mosquito-spread disease prevention, and is still an effective method today.
Eucalyptus has over 700 varieties, although only a handful are considered for medicine and aromatherapy. The blue mallee variety (Eucalyptus polybractea) is distinguished by having the highest percentage of cineole, a well-known expectorant. This makes it useful in treating coughs and in pharmaceuticals, where cineole is extracted for use in over-the-counter products. As with other types, blue mallee can help with general respiratory issues and for easing muscle aches. The oil is notably strong and concentrated with an invigorating scent, and users find it able to help free the mind, clear thinking, increase optimism and positivity, and release trapped emotions.
Organic eucalyptus blue mallee from Prana Organic Plant Oils is a go to oil for any aromatherapist. You will absolutely love the refreshing scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Eucalyptus Blue Mallee
- Botanical Name: Eucalyptus polybractea
- Country of Origin: Australia
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Wood and Leaves
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