Why use eucalyptus (blue gum) to clean?

The majestic Eucalyptus blue gum tree is a very large tree which was found predominantly in Tasmania, Australia. This evergreen tree can grow to over 90 meters tall. However, given the popularity of this tree and the oil they produce, they are now widely gown around the world from China through to Spain and the USA.

The tree has slightly blue green oval leaves while still young, but as the tree matures the leaves will elongate into narrow greenish yellow leaves. The dried leaves in the photo above are from a young tree, and the ones in the photo below are from a more mature tree in full flower.

When the leaves are fresh, they are heavy in oil and can be rubbed into your hand to release the eucalyptus aroma. When extracting the oil commercially producers use a steam distillation process using both the fresh and dried leaves, plus twigs. When the oil is fresh it will be clear, and as it ages will turn a soft yellow colour. 

Eucalyptus oil blends well with for cleaning with:

  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Pine

This oil is wonderful to add to any of the Gyre and Gymble recipes. The oil works as a natural antibacterial and will leave your home smelling fresh. If you have coughs and colds in the house, it is nice to use the oil in a room spray or just add a couple of drops to a handkerchief under a pillow.