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What is Eucalytpus Oil?

Shenyang Shengjie Candle Company Ltd | Updated: Nov 03, 2017

Eucalyptus oil has a multitude of uses and can be found in many everyday products. Many species of eucalyptus plants exist, but not all yield eucalyptus oil, which has a fresh scent and many useful properties. Eucalyptus oil is derived from steaming the leaves and bark of certain eucalyptus trees and plants.

The deodorizing and microbial properties of eucalyptus oil make it useful as a cleaner and disinfectant. It is an ingredient in many mouthwash products and has applications in wound dressings. Eucalyptus oil is said to decrease the amount of airborne bacteria and can be added to water in humidifiers and steam rooms to help detoxify them. Mixed with water, it makes a general household cleaner.

This oil is widely used in veterinary medicine both as a medicinal agent and insect repellent. It can be sprayed on animals to help prevent fleas and ticks and is sometimes painted on horses' hooves to treat and prevent infection. Evidence exists that it will kill dust mites and it can be sprayed on plants to protect them from predatory insects.

Eucalyptus oil is used in soap for its germicidal and aromatherapy benefits. When used for aromatherapy purposes, eucalyptus oil can combat exhaustion and mental sluggishness. Although no scientific evidence exists to support the theory, many believe that the scent of eucalyptus promotes the feeling of mental well-being. Candles, massage oils and bath products attempt to capitalize on the benefits of eucalyptus’ scent.

Like many other members of the myrtle family, eucalyptus is extremely fast growing. It can shoot up to great heights in regions with enough water, or will spread out into dense bushes. The trees prefer moisture, and often cluster around waterways and springs. Many species are also designed to spread through wildfires, which are common in many parts of Australia. The seedpods will burst in a fire and grow quickly in a region stripped of other plants by a wildfire, quickly establishing a large tract of new eucalyptus trees.

Eucalyptus from Australia can be considered sustainable timber, because the trees are native to the region and they regrow quickly. However, eucalyptus harvested in other regions may not be sustainable, because it grows at great cost to native plant and tree species, and can destroy valuable habitat. In Australia, eucalyptus plays a vital environmental role, providing food and habitat to animals like koalas, along with helping to retain valuable topsoil. Eucalyptus can be found in a variety of wood products exported from Australia including flooring, paper, and finished furniture.

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