A small to medium sized evergreen, native tree of up to 25 metres, with a spreading crown, with highly aromatic greyish-green leaves of a rich eucalyptus scent. Bark is grey-brown and fibrous on all branches. Juvenile leaves are unique among the peppermints - as they have no stem, opposite each other in pairs of a roundish heart-shaped blue grey in colour. As the tree matures, the leaves lengthen, pointed and broad, with stalks of 7 - 15 cm in length. Tight clusters of white flower buds in October to November. The leaves for the essential oil are harvested from the wild.
Over 300 species of Eucalyptus in Australia,that are able to produce an essential oil. Only 20 eucalypt species are exploited commercially for oil production. Each Eucalypt produces a different chemical fingerprint with variations in the constituents within the oil. These differences show through in the aromas of each oil, some distinctly different but still maintaining the "traditional eucalyptus note". Rich in piperitone, which is said to be known to have anti-asthmatic qualities, which may help to break up congestion in
respiratory complaints, as in aiding the temporary relief of the cough
This species (Eucalyptus Dives) has a different, more specific antiseptic action than other eucalyptus oils. It is excellent for skin or topical application, but should be diluted if applied to tender skin. It is said to help with cuts, sires and ulcers. Aids in the circulation of muscles and joints for arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sports injuries, and sprains. Aids in the relief of respiratory complaints, such as asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, throat and mouth infections. Helps to boost the immune system from colds, fevers, flu and infectious illness. Alleviates headaches, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia and sciatica.
Safety Precautions: Flammable.
Blends well with : Anise, Coriander, Fragonia, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Myrtle, Pine, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, and Thyme.
FACT : The Aborigines used a wide range of natural plant remedies, and these would vary from tribe to tribe according to the indigenous species that were available to them. Wherever any species of eucalyptus grew they were used to heal wounds, cuts and burns, as well as treat various respiratory conditions. The leaves would be burned and inhaled for the relief of fever or be steeped in water to make an infusion for stomach upsets and cramps. For external wounds and infections, fresh leaves were applied directly where their antibacterial properties would help to kill infection and speed up the healing process.