Type of plant: Evergreen tree growing over 100 feet in height with a smooth, blotchy, white, pink, or copper-colored trunk, slim leaves, fluffy, white flowers, and reddish-black glossy seeds
Part used: Leaves and twigs
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: Also known as lemon-scented gum, or spotted gum, the tree is native to Queensland in northeastern Australia, although it has been extensively exported over the years. In oil production, the tree is sometimes cut back to encourage new growth because most oil is concentrated in the new leaves. The wood is used in situations requiring strength and flexibility, such as in ship building, bridge construction, flooring, handles of shovels and picks, and so on. The tree is also valued because it attracts bees and facilitates honey production.
Principal places of production: Australia, Tasmania, Brazil, China, India, Paraguay, Madagascar
When buying look for: A colorless to light-yellow liquid with an intense citrus, balsamic aroma.
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, calmative, insect deterrent, vulnerary
Therapeutic uses: Muscular injury, fungal skin infection, bacterial skin infection, sores, wounds, respiratory tract conditions, asthma, fever, candida, insect bites, insect repellent
Blends well with: Basil linalol, black pepper, cedarwood, cypress, elemi, eucalyptus peppermint, eucalyptus radiata, fragonia, geranium, ginger, immortelle, juniper berry, lavandin, lavender, manuka, marjoram (sweet), peppermint, pine, ravensara, ravintsara, rosemary, tangerine, tea tree, thyme linalol, vetiver
Precautionary advice: No contraindications known