Eucalyptus Citriodora Essential Oil
Latin name: Eucalyptus citriodora
Synonyms: Lemon-scented gum, citronscented gum, scented gum tree, spotted gum, ‘boabo’
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation from the leaves and twigs.
Origin: Native to Australia, cultivated mainly in Brazil & China.
Plant characteristics: A tall evergreen tree with a smooth dimpled bark, blotched in grey, cream and pink. The trunk grows fast , straight and to a considerable height, and is used for timber. The young leaves are oval, the mature leaves narrow and tapering.
Eucalyptus Citriodora Essential Oil characteristics: A colourless or pale yellow mobile liquid with a strong, fresh, citrus-like odour and sweet balsamic undertone.
Traditional use: Used traditionally for perfuming the linen cupboard by enclosing the dried leaves in a small cloth sachet. During the last century it was regarded as a good insect repellent, especially for cockroaches and silverfish.
Eucalyptus Citriodora Essential Oil blends well with: Lavender, Geranium, Patchouli, Cedarwood and citrus oils.
Cautions and comments: Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals. Eucalyptus is toxic when taken internally.
Main chemical constituents: Citronellal (80-90%), citronellol, geraniol & pinene, among others.
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.