Latin Name: Eucalyptus radiata
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the leaves
It is a small to medium-sized woodland tree that grows to a height of 10-15 metres. The bark is grey-brown and rough on the trunk and larger branches. The upper branches are smoother. The mature leaves are narrow and oval, pale to medium green in colour and smell of peppermint when they are crushed. There are over 700 species of which at least 500 produce essential oil. Many have been extracted for experimental purposes. They can be divided into two categories – Medicinal oils and industrial oils both containing different chemical makeups.